CWU Undergrad Research Focus of Undergraduate Research Week

To celebrate National Undergraduate Research Week (April 11-15), Central Washington University students, faculty and staff from across all academic disciplines will be able to learn about the wide range of undergraduate research opportunities available at CWU and beyond.

A variety of seminars and presentations will be presented from the Brooks Library staff, the Human Subjects Review and Animal Use and Care Committees, and by faculty and students sharing their scholarship experiences.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Daniel Malarkey, deputy director of the Washington State Department of Commerce. He will discuss how undergraduate research impacts the Washington state economy during his address on Tuesday, April 12, from 10-11:30 in the Student Union and Recreation Center ballroom.

“Innovation is the key to Washington’s competitiveness,” Malarkey said. “Engaging undergraduates in meaningful research helps develop the ideas and the talent to solve the problems of the 21st century and will also help build the next great companies in our state.”

Malarkey is the department’s primary liaison to the private sector with responsibility for policy development to grow and improve jobs in the state. He founded and served as CEO of Washington Biodiesel, an oil-seed processing and renewable fuels project in eastern Washington. He was also general manager for on-line marketing at Amazon.com.

Following Malarkey’s address, a team of CWU faculty and students will present their own undergraduate research projects that are related to regional economic growth.

For a full schedule of Undergraduate Research Week activities, visit www.cwu.edu/~our/ugweek or contact 2011 SOURCE committee chair Natalie Lupton at luptonn@cwu.edu.

The campus celebration of Undergraduate Research Week is being held in conjunction with the university’s 2011 Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression. SOURCE is a university-wide forum that showcases all genres of scholarly work by CWU students, faculty and staff that fosters innovative scholarship and undergraduate research.

SOURCE 2011 will be held May 19 in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) and on dates still pending at the university centers. Last year, more than 320 undergraduate students, mentored by more than 120 faculty and staff members, presented at SOURCE.

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