This collection contains research and creative materials featured at the 2018 Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) at Washington State University. The Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) provides WSU undergraduate students from all grades, majors, and campuses to display the results of their research, scholarship, and creative activity. Students compete for awards and make an original intellectual or creative contribution to a discipline. SURCA is part of Academic Showcase, a larger annual event where WSU faculty and graduate students present their scholarly and creative work.

Recent Submissions

  • Conflict in the Congo: A legacy of Empire, Tyranny and Kleptocracy 

    Nooney, Sean (4/2/2018)
    I argue in "Conflict in the Congo: A Legacy of Empire, Tyranny and Kleptocracy" that the seemingly endless war and ethnic conflict that has plagued the fledgling Democratic Republic of the Congo throughout the 21st century, ...
  • IntellBra 

    Bolar, Nimay; Zhou, Yiying; Gannarapu, Abhishek (3/31/2018)
    The IntelliBra is designed to be a smart breast sensor capable of detecting volumetric changes in a woman's breast as she breast feeds her baby. This will enable the mother to know how much milk and nutrition the baby is ...
  • "An All-American Boy": The Story of Tom Haji and Rural Nisei in WWII 

    Vega, Mario (3/28/2018)
    The purpose of this project examines the life of Tom Haji, a Japanese-American who grew up in Skykomish and Monroe, Washington, was interned at Tule Lake following Executive Order 9066, and deployed to France and Italy ...
  • Effects of Prenatal Cannabis Vapor Exposure on Cognitive Flexibility 

    Warrick, Collin; Wright, Hayden; Lugo, Janelle; McLaughlin, Ryan (2018)
    Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit substance among pregnant women, yet the effects of prenatal cannabis exposure on cognitive wellbeing remain largely unknown. With recreational cannabis laws now in effect in 8 ...
  • Laboratory Module to Introduce Undergraduates to Air Quality Research 

    Rodriguez, Yoni; Gubsch, Kristian; O'Keeffe, Patrick (2017-07)
    An interactive laboratory module is being developed to introduce undergraduate engineering students to environmental engineering as part of an introductory course. This lab module will provide students an opportunity to ...