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Admissions Research

You can do research. Yes, you.

Whether you’re thinking about grad school or your first career job, consider doing some mentored research while you’re here.

Why?

Having research work on your resume says that you’re motivated, smart, and have the hunger to learn. It can teach you skills you’ll never learn in a classroom. And it can open up opportunities you might have missed otherwise.

Faculty-mentored research experiences are available to students in ALL majors — not just sciences. There are opportunities year-round, for students at every level.

Find your research opportunity.

Research opportunities for science majors

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at WSU provides students the opportunity to spend a summer doing research with WSU faculty on cutting-edge, NSA-funded projects. Some of the REU sites at WSU include:

Astrophysics

Follow in Einstein’s footsteps and explore the nature of the universe.

Materials and optical physics

Push the limits of nonlinear optics and revolutionize the speed of information.

Regional atmospheric chemistry

The Mobile Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory, invented at WSU, advances the science of predicting air quality and tracking climate change.

Novel states of matter

Explore a branch of physics where normal doesn’t apply.

New ground

Interested in a subject and wondering if someone is researching it? The Office of Undergraduate Research can help you find a faculty mentor.

 

WSU libraries

 

Use the WSU libraries to further your research

Here are 10 reasons our libraries are the best:

  1. Friendly, knowledgeable staff — expert reference librarians and subject specialists are there to help you find what you need.
  2. Remote access to library resources from anywhere with an Internet connection.
  3. An extensive media collection, including music CDs and feature films on DVD.
  4. Wi-Fi and Ethernet ports throughout all the libraries.
  5. Enormous library databases, including full-text articles.
  6. Interlibrary loan: If we don’t have it, we’ll get it for you fast!
  7. Four-way reference: library reference desks, e-mail reference, phone reference, and online “real-time” reference.
  8. Internationally renowned Special Collections.
  9. One-button, one-stop-shopping for full-text online resources via our SFX system.
  10. If you’re aiming for good grades, check this out: it wasn’t filmed in our library, but it could’ve been.

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Find the right application for you below.

  • Freshman Use this application if you anticipate graduating from high school this academic year.
  • Transfer Use this application if you have attended college since graduating from high school.
  • Scholarships Make sure to apply for scholarships along with your admission application.
  • International Use this application if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America.
  • Returning Student If you previously enrolled at any WSU campus, and have been away for more than one semester, use this application to reapply for admission.
  • Non-Degree Use this application if you don’t intend to complete a degree at WSU and will be taking courses for personal enrichment, transfer to another college, or a teaching endorsement.
  • Post-Degree Use the post-bachelor’s application if you’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree and want to add an additional degree or certificate.
  • Online Use this application if you want to earn a WSU degree online.  See the list of degrees offered online.

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