Graduate and Professional Student Association

Research Expo & Scholarship Competition


The GPSA Research Exposition offers WSU graduate and professional students a forum for presenting their original research, scholarship, and/or creative work and will be held Thursday, March 28, 2019, at WSU Pullman. Students of all disciplines are welcome to participate. As a participant, you display your poster or creative work alongside those of your fellow graduate and professional students. You have the opportunity to present your work to faculty, students, other members of the University community, and the general public.


Administrative & Information Sciences

1. Ismail Karabas
2. Venkatesh Venkataramanan

Agriculture & Natural Sciences

1. Adekunle Adesanya
2. Seanna Hewitt

Arts, Humanities & Design

1. Sherwin Sales
2. Vera Sotirovska

Engineering, Physical Sciences & Environmental Science

1. Yu-Chung Chang
2. Haneen Abusharkh

Medical & Life Sciences

1. Laura Ahlers
2. Gregory Bowden

Social Sciences

1. Zoë Campbell
2. Nicole O’Donnell


  • GPSA Research Exposition only accept abstracts submitted by WSU Pullman fee-paying graduate and professional students.
  • All work must have been completed at or for WSU (no external student internships).
  • Individuals may present only one abstract as a primary or presenting author.
  • Projects may not have been presented at a previous WSU Academic Showcase or GPSA Research Exposition (formerly known as Wiley).


To participate, you must submit an abstract summarizing your research findings, scholarship, or creative work. Your abstract must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Abstracts must adhere to a strict 250-word limit.
  • Submission deadline: Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
  • Abstracts must be written for an educated lay audience.
    • If you have an existing poster containing an abstract of a highly technical nature, that abstract may remain as part of your presentation; however, for this event, the submitted abstract should be written for a general audience and be free of jargon.
  • Demonstrate work that is of scientific, scholarly, or creative significance.
    • The abstract must describe original research, scholarship, or creative activity.
    • For creative projects: The creative endeavor must be clearly described in the abstract. Methods used to accomplish the creative activity must be described and any program notes that help put the creative endeavor or process into perspective should be included.
    • For scientific projects: A goal or hypothesis for the project must be clearly stated, results summarized and a conclusion reached.
  • Reflect completed work.
    • Abstracts that are proposals for future work are not acceptable. Some of the work may still be in progress (and is likely still in progress), but the abstract should report on what has been done so far. It is acceptable to indicate in the abstract “next steps” as long as the completed steps are clearly described.
  • GPSA Research Exposition abstract submission must follow the following format Template (Appendix I).


All WSU Pullman fee-paying graduate and professional students are eligible in GPSA Research Exposition, and compete for a total of $9,600 scholarship in six competition categories (First Place: $700, Second Place: $500, Third Place: $300, Fourth Place: $100 for each category).

2019 GPSA Research Exposition Competition Recommended Category Descriptions:

  1. Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences: Agricultural Economics; Animal Sciences; Crop Science; Entomology; Environmental Science; Food Science; Geology; Horticulture; Molecular Plant Sciences; Natural Resource Sciences; Plant Pathology; Prevention Science; Soil Science; Apparel, Merchandising, & Textiles, and related research areas. 
  1. Physical & Social Sciences: American Studies; Anthropology; Biology; Chemistry; Computational Finance; Computer Science; Criminal Justice; Cultural Studies; English; History; Materials Science; Mathematics and Statistics; Physics and Astronomy; Philosophy; Psychology; Sociology, and related research areas. 
  1. Arts & Education Sciences: Apparel; Architecture & Interior Design; Athletic Training; Educational Psychology; Fine Arts; Foreign Languages and Cultures; Merchandising, Design & Textiles; Music; Sport Management; Teaching and Learning, and related research areas.
  2. Business, Communication, & Political Sciences: Accounting; Business Administration; Economics; Finance; Hospitality and Tourism; Management; Information Systems; Operations & Management Science; Political Science; Marketing; Society & Politics; Science & Environmental Communication, and related research areas.
  3. Engineering & Environmental Sciences: Biological & Agricultural Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Civil & Environmental Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Environmental Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Software Engineering, and related research areas.
  4. Medical & Life Sciences: Biomedical Sciences; Medical & Education & Clinical Sciences; Medicine; Nutrition & Excursive Physiology; Speech & Hearing Sciences; Nursing; Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Veterinary Medicine, and related research areas. 

Abstract review

  • GPSA Research Exposition uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the abstract review process.
  • Abstracts is reviewed by GPSA Strategic Planning & Scholarship committee, using 2019 GPSA Research Exposition Abstract Evaluation Rubric (Appendix II).
  • Watch for email notification of acceptance in mid-February 2019.
  • Be at your poster for the judging time during Thursday, March 28, 2019. Detailed judging times will be communicated to accepted applicants in February 2019.
  • Judges will ask the participants to present their poster and ask questions.
  • Winners in each competition categories will be announced by GPSA Strategic Planning & Scholarship committee via email.


Director of Strategic Planning & Scholarship Committee            Hongda Ren
GPSA Main Office