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. The 2018 Research Exposition was held Thursday, March 29, 2018, 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.

The 2018 GPSA Research Exposition was held in conjunction with the WSU Academic Showcase. The GPSA Scholarship Competition allows graduate and professional students to showcase their academic accomplishments with the opportunity to win scholarships.


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


1st Place Award: $1,000 Scholarship
2nd Place Award: $600 Scholarship

Winners will be invited to GPSA Excellence Awards Luncheon at 11 am – 1pm on Wednesday April 18th

Complete list of participants here.


  • 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: Monday, January 22, 2018.
  • 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 in the submission guidelines.


All WSU Pullman fee-paying graduate and professional students are eligible in GPSA Research Exposition, and compete for a total of $10,000 scholarship in six competition categories.

  • 2018 GPSA Research Exposition Competition Category Descriptions:
    1. Medical & Life Sciences: Biological Systems Engineering; Biology; Human Nutrition; Molecular Biosciences; Pharmacology & Toxicology; Pharmacy; Veterinary Medicine; Zoology; and related research areas.
    2. Engineering, Physical Sciences & Environmental science: Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Civil & Environmental Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Mechanical & Materials Engineering; Physics; Geology; Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences; Food engineering; and related research areas.
    3. Agricultural & Natural Sciences: Animal Sciences; Crop & Soil Sciences; Horticulture; Botany; Plant Pathology; Entomology; Food Science; Molecular Plant Sciences; and related research areas.
    4. Social Sciences: Anthropology; Communication; Psychology; Criminal Justice; Sociology; Education; Human Development; and related research areas.
    5. Arts, Humanities & Design: American Studies; English; Foreign Languages & Literatures; History; Philosophy; Music; Apparel, Merchandising, design & Textiles; Architecture; Fine Arts; Interior Design; and related research areas.
    6. Administrative & Information Sciences: Accounting; Business Administration; Computer Science; Economics; Mathematics; Statistics; 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 2018 GPSA Research Exposition Abstract Evaluation Rubric in the submission guidelines.
    • Watch for email notification of acceptance in mid-February 2018.
  • Be at your poster for the judging time during Thursday, March 29, 2018. Detailed judging times will be communicated to accepted applicants in February 2018. 
  • Judges will ask the participants to present their poster and ask questions. Grading rubric is here.
  • Winners in each competition categories will be announced by GPSA Strategic Planning & Scholarship committee via email.


Director of Strategic Planning & Scholarship Committee:

GPSA Main Office: