CWUNewsNews Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, 09 Jan 2019 12:24:39<p>Dr. Griff Tester, Associate Professor in the Sociology Department, has been named the new Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR).</p><p>Dr. Tester served as the Interim Director of the OUR for the 2017-18 academic year; his experience and desire to help students be successful in their research was invaluable in that capacity, and will be equally invaluable as he assumes his three-year term beginning on September 15th, 2018.</p><p>Griff believes that engaging with faculty research and creative and professional activities is a form of experiential learning that moves beyond the classroom. It deepens students' knowledge and furthers the intellectual life of the campus community. His vision of the OUR over the next three years is "to continue fostering students' intellectual, professional and personal advancement; enhance faculty teaching and research, scholarly and creative experiences and outcomes; and enrich CWU's curriculum and community of scholars and build the university's relationships with alumni and the local community."</p><p>Griff joined Central Washington University in 2014, specializing in aging, sexualities, and urban and community sociology. During his time at CWU, he has published three peer reviewed journals, a textbook chapter, and mulitpe technical reports. He has also received grants for continued research in his field.&nbsp;</p><p>Undergraduate research and creative expression have grown significantly since the office was first established in 2005, particularly evident in the expansion of SOURCE (Symposium On University Research and Creative Expression) as a venue for student presentations. Dr. Tester aspires to continue this growth as well as enhancing the quality and professionalism of the undergraduate research experience at Central.</p>New OUR Graduate Staff Assistant, 09 Jan 2019 12:20:19<p>The Office of Undergraduate Research welcomes Tasha Lightning as the new Graduate Staff Assistant.</p><p>Tasha Lightning is a graduate student in the experimental psychology department working with Dr. Danielle Polage on cognitive psychology research related to the legal system. Specifically, Tasha's research looks at the consequences of repeat system contact on locus of control, or orientation toward the causes of life events, in the adolescent population. Overall, Tasha's interests fall generally in the fields of cognitive psychology and behavioral neuroscience, with more specific emphasis on stress, coping, and mapping pathways of neural communication.&nbsp;</p>New OUR Program Coordinator, 09 Jan 2019 12:19:33<p>The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) welcomes Erin Cone as the new Program Coordinator. Erin comes to the OUR with much experience, having worked as the Personnel Coordinator for the Wenatchee Valley Symphony and as the Solo &amp; Ensemble Coordinator for the CWU Music Department. Erin received her Bachelor of Music, Performance in 2013 and her Masters of Music, Performance in 2015.</p>Gilbert Elected as CUR Councilor for the Arts & Humanities Division, 30 Mar 2017 12:14:51<p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Jamie Gilbert, M.Ed., Non-Profit Organizational Management faculty and Program Coordinator for the Office of Undergraduate Research &amp; SOURCE, has been elected to represent Central Washington University as a Councilor in the Arts and Humanities division of the National Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Research shows that UR is deemed a High Impact Practice (HIP) that is beneficial for college students from diverse backgrounds. Gilbert’s mission is to reach out to historically underserved students, who do not have equitable access to high-impact learning.</p><p><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Councilors are elected because they have demonstrated leadership in promoting, mentoring, and involving undergraduate students in their research, scholarship and creative activity. Gilbert will join two other distinguished Central faculty on the national council:&nbsp; Dr. Dominic Klyve, CUR Mathematics &amp; Computer Sciences Chair and Dr. Susana Flores, Councilor in the Education Division. Dr. Flores remarked “I admire Jamie for her innovative and successful work increasing the total number of students involved in undergraduate research (UR) and in diversifying our undergraduate research presenters. I have been so impressed with her knowledge, skills, and dispositions in UR that I nominated her for the councilor position to serve the national body.”</p><p><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Gilbert and Dr. Flores traveled to the Hawaii International Conference on Education in January along with members of the CWU Undergraduate Research Club: two graduate students, Jessica Murillo-Rosales and Meghan Gilbert, and one undergraduate student, Alicia Brito, to present “Engaging Undergraduate Students in Research: Faculty, Staff and Student Perspectives”.&nbsp; Murillo-Rosales, who also serves as Central’s 2016-2017 student representative on the Washington State Achievement Council stressed “This is the first time in my current academic career that I had the chance to connect with educators and other professionals from outside the United States. It was truly remarkable to see how other countries fought for their citizens’ rights for an equitable education.”</p><p><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Brito stated “For me, the word “research” frightened me in the early years of my undergraduate career. My story of how I fell in love with research started with simply being more open minded to the idea of one day presenting my work and becoming a published author. My mindset shifted when I gained more self-confidence in myself. With the help and motivation&nbsp; of my professors and of the SOURCE Ambassadors, established by Professor Gilbert, I have continued to accomplish my research goals.” Brito, who graduated from Central in January and was just accepted into graduate school, will be sharing her story as a first-generation student along with her research journey at this year’s SOURCE 2017 Celebration Dinner May 17th in the SURC Ballroom.</p><p><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dr. Heidi Henshel-Pellett, Chair of the Department of Physical Education, School Health and Movement Studies, attended their presentation in Hawaii because she was happy to see CWU students from multiple disciplines presenting together at an international conference. Dr. Pellet stated “I wish there could be more funding available for more students to work with other professors to present, be a scholar, and feel good about it.” She said she was touched by the students’ stories about their research accomplishments that they thought they would never have achieved, which showed her as a professor, how crucial it is to mentor students here on our campus.</p><p><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Gilbert is currently seeking her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership and her dissertation examines the Impact of Grit and Creativity on Millennial Student Engagement in University Research. “My journey with research was sparked as a psychology student at Central under the guidance of Dr. Kara Gabriel.&nbsp; To this day, Dr. Gabriel still inspires and guides my research goals. It has been my greatest pleasure to share the knowledge that Dr. Gabriel bestowed upon me with the students I am currently teaching. Thanks to the support of Dean Stacey Robertson, I am thrilled at the opportunity to share these research experiences during my upcoming three-year term as a CUR councilor and be able to collaborate with other leaders in UR from around the country and bring those ideas back to my colleagues and students here at Central.”</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/source/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 214px;"></p><h6 style="text-align: center;">Meghan Gilbert, Alicia Brito, Dr. Susana Flores, Jamie Gilbert, Jessica Murillo-Rosales</h6></br></br></br></br></br></p style="text-align: center;"></h6 style="text-align: center;">CWU's Egger Re-envisions Teacher Preparation, 06 Oct 2015 17:10:32<p>Big changes are afoot in K-12 science education—changes for the better.</p><p>Washington is an early adopter of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which embody a way of science teaching and learning that more accurately represents how we do science. Each standard consists of a performance expectation that weaves together three dimensions: content knowledge (for example, earthquakes release seismic waves that travel through Earth), science and engineering practices (for example, we design experiments to test buildings for their ability to withstand shaking caused by an seismic waves), and cross-cutting concepts (for example, patterns—earthquakes occur much more commonly in some places than others). In this and many other examples, the NGSS also highlight interactions between human society and the natural world.</p><p>This three-dimensional framework takes the emphasis off knowing things and puts the emphasis on being able to do things, integrating content and building skills from one grade to the next in order to prepare students for going to college, entering the workplace, and becoming engaged citizens.</p><p>Read more of this column in the <a href="" target="_blank">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>By Anne Egger, CWU geological sciences professor</p>Egger named Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research & SOURCE, 24 Sep 2015 16:53:08<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/source/sites/" style="width: 150px; height: 194px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid;"></p><p>Anne Egger, assistant professor in geological sciences and science education, has been named the director of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR).</p><p>“CWU really excels in the area of undergraduate research”, said Dominic Klyve, the interim director of the Douglas Honors College, “and I’m very excited about bringing in new leadership as we continue to expand the good work we are doing.”</p><p>Egger brings a long history of involvement with undergraduate research to the position. Prior to arriving at CWU, she served as co-director of the undergraduate research program in the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, where she grew the program from five to nearly 50 students over seven years. In addition, she served a three-year term as geoscience councilor in the Council on Undergraduate Research, and has mentored several undergraduates at Stanford as well as at CWU in projects that range from assessing the geoscience literacy of introductory students to mapping fault scarps to determine seismic hazards.</p><p>Undergraduate research and creative expression have grown significantly since the office was first established in 2005, particularly evident in the expansion of SOURCE (Symposium On University Research and Creative Expression) as a venue for student presentations.</p><p>“I look forward to building on that growth and success and working with other programs on campus to establish undergraduate research within the campus culture,” said Egger.</p><p>Formerly housed in Graduate Studies and Research, the OUR moved to the William O. Douglas Honors College in fall 2015. The appointment comes with a reorganization and revitalization of the OUR.</p><p>The OUR is also hiring an assistant director to manage the administration of SOURCE and OUR fellowships, allowing the new director to spend more time on faculty development, training, and university-wide coordination of undergraduate research.</p><p>Klyve, who chaired the search committee for the new director, was pleased and surprised by the interest in the position from the campus community.&nbsp; “Our committee interviewed a number of faculty who are strongly devoted to undergraduate research.&nbsp; I was deeply impressed by the depth and breadth of experience demonstrated by Central’s faculty.”&nbsp; Klyve pointed out that Egger’s experience in reaching outside of her discipline to build undergraduate research connections, together with her administrative experience, made her the perfect person for the job.</p><p>Egger assumes her new responsibilities on September 15.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></p style="text-align: center;"></br>Art, science, fashion, engineering and more – if you can name it, it’s at SOURCE, 26 Jun 2015 12:24:40<p>By Andy Matarrese Daily Record staff writer May 22, 2015</p><p>Caleb Allison took to the lectern three times Thursday: First to share his screenplay, “Year of the Tortoise,” next to talk about comparisons between the French film “La Femme Infidele” and its remake, “Unfaithful,” and then to present how “Star Wars” reshaped the science fiction genre in film.</p><p>“Hallelujah,” he said, when finally done.</p><p>Allison will graduate this year from Central Washington University, and it was his second year presenting at SOURCE, the school’s annual academic and creative symposium.</p><p>He was most excited to present his screenplay, a “coming-of-age comedy-drama following an angst-ridden high school student,” according to his abstract.</p><p>The event, the Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression at Central Washington University, ran all day Thursday in the Student Union and Recreation Center. This year was SOURCE’s 20th anniversary.</p><p>Posters for science projects on topics ranging from lizard body temperature regulation to the effects of using yogurt or applesauce as fat replacers in brownies lined the SURC Ballroom.</p><p><strong>SOURCE</strong></p><p>Allison, who’s in the film studies program, said he plans on trying his hand at writing, to work on his storytelling in general, before trying his hand at Hollywood. That’s part of why he was glad to present at SOURCE.</p><p>“In Hollywood you gotta be able to pitch a film before you’re paid to write it,” he said.</p><p>As for the “Star Wars” presentation, that was part of a class project he submitted for the conference.</p><p>Academic and creative presentations bring different anxieties, Allison said.</p><p>“Ultimately, the experience is enriching, but not for any one part of it. Exposing myself to all the information was great, and having to take it and form a coherent, cohesive paper, an argument, and bring people through that logic was really valuable, not only for that information but for the experience of rhetoric and just presenting,” he said.</p><p>“For the creative one I was really excited to share it. I was more excited for the whole experience of that one, but I was also really worried that I wouldn’t convey the story well. … The worry there was more emotional, and less intellectual.”</p><p>Meeting spaces in the SURC were filled all day as people presented research papers and creative works, some done independently, some as culminating projects and others adapted from work in class.</p><p>There were 350 presentations from 34 departments at the university, and from students at Ellensburg High School, Walter Strom Middle School and Valley View Elementary School, SOURCE Coordinator Jamie Gilbert said.</p><p>“What’s great about the symposium is that it’s not just research,” she said.</p><p>“We have art, we have the fashion show, we have the theater, we have the engineering students — we have one doing prosthetics, we have some doing solar energy.</p><p>“It gives every department on campus a place to showcase their work.”</p><p>Gilbert, herself a Central grad, said the conference helped her get out of her comfort zone as far as presenting, and it even inspired her academic path into education and autism research. She’s working on a doctorate program now.</p><p>“I’ve seen so many students who haven’t decided on a major, and they get to go in and see this and say, ‘I never even knew you could do this with this degree,’ and it sparks a passion in them,” she said.</p><p>That exposure is great for Trish Griswold’s students. Griswold is the seventh-grade math and science teacher from Walter Strom Middle School.</p><p>Her kids get to stand shoulder to shoulder with college students and their work and see how science works as a process.</p><p>“It doesn’t matter what the vocabulary is, it’s the same formula,” she said. “They’re able to go over there and look and see, ‘Oh look, they have summary, they have a hypothesis, they have this, they have that. They may not understand the terminology that it’s in but they can see that it’s the same process that they use.”</p><p>The middle school students are nervous at first — you can see them crumple and fiddle with the presentation papers they hold, she said — but it’s a huge confidence booster when the college students come ask questions about their science projects.</p><p>“I think they really do feel like scientists, though, but they wouldn’t tell you that because, ‘Does that mean I’m going to do really well on a test?’ You know what? People still do that, they go, ‘Well, if I don’t do well on the test then I’m not a scientist,’” she said. “Baloney. That’s how they learn new things.”</p><p>Good for all students</p><p>SOURCE includes creative works — art, fashion, some performances — but a lot of it is borne of students’ stereotypical, in-the-lab-or-library, hardcore academic research. Project titles this year included “Predicting Solar Sigmoid Lifetimes Based on Shearing in the Photosphere” and “Satire of Religious Education in Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland Texts.”</p><p>Not every student will continue in academia or research fields, said Melissa Johnson, an English professor who teaches in the film studies department.</p><p>“There’s still a tremendous value in being able to understand your ideas on a number of different levels,” she said. “There’s a benefit to that process of critical thinking and research and exploring those ideas and following those avenues, facing problems in their research and having to ask questions and critically respond to that. And I think, ideally, that’s what all of us are doing in every field and in every aspect of our life.”</p><p>“There is something really transformative about knowing something and then being able to confidently acknowledge that to an audience, and I think that’s something that SOURCE really effectively allows for students and for faculty.”</p><p><strong>Engineers</strong></p><p>While every participant might gain abstract, intangible benefits, others saw more clear and immediate payoffs from their work.</p><p>Senior Geoffrey Gibson, for his final engineering project, replaced the drum brakes on his 1986 Toyota pickup with disc brakes that stop quicker and don’t get as caked with mud when he drives off road. He wanted to do it so the brakes would fit the same wheel rim and keep the factory emergency brakes.</p><p>He scavenged parts, tested materials and fabricated pieces as he needed then went out and tested the brakes on the road.</p><p>“It’s like, I want to improve what I’ve got, and I want to use it afterwards, because I put in all this money, and this time, this effort, why not put it to something I’m going to use day to day?” he said. “I actually love it. It stops better, performance and braking, it’s night and day.”</p><p>The process itself was valuable, too, he said. Having worked in the auto industry, he was used to getting a project and getting it done without much extra thought.</p><p>For this, he said, he had to do testing, materials analysis and look at the physics.</p><p>“It was cool actually applying what I’ve learned after my four years here and saying, OK, this will actually work on my truck,” he said.</p><p>The ‘next thing’</p><p>For her project, junior Meghan Gilbert worked with psychology professor Jesse James to study students’ perception of their stress levels relative to their peers.</p><p>In short, college-age women seem to feel more stressed out than everyone else, but a better predictor is whether subjects’ test answers indicate they have a more neurotic personality type, she said.</p><p>She said she hopes to continue with her education and get a doctorate so she can teach and continue research.</p><p>SOURCE allows students to take what they learn in class and apply it, which makes it valuable, she said.</p><p>“You’re able to take that and make it into a concrete thing, you actually do this project and you do the things you talked about in class, so it’s just learning those things in a new way and actually putting them into action,” she said.</p><p>James said most students in the department are interested in counseling or the more clinical side of the field.</p><p>Still, he said, that means students need to keep up on the literature and new studies. Others might go further afield into business, where knowing psychology, and how to research it, helps with careers in market research or customer experience related fields.</p><p>“The anticipation is this training can be applied if not directly, very much peripherally to a wide variety of fields,” he said.</p><p>In an email he sent later that day, James said a student in one of his classes approached him saying he wanted James as a mentor for his own SOURCE project.</p><p>“That’s what makes this whole thing worth the effort!” he said. “Students attend SOURCE and catch the fire. Seeing other students’ success makes them want to succeed, too.”<br><br>To view photos along with the article, go to: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p></br></br>SOURCE Celebrates 20th Anniversary at Central, 14 May 2015 11:23:04<p><br>Victoria Shamrell, Staff Reporter<br>&nbsp;May 13, 2015<br>&nbsp;Filed under Scene</p><p>From the CWU Observer</p><p>The Symposium Of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE)—a university-wide forum that showcases the research and work of students and faculty from various departments across Central—is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.</p><p>On May 21, 34 different departments are participating in over 350 presentations at SOURCE. In addition, SURC 137A will be live streamed online to allow people from around the state to see what’s going on.</p><p>A key experience of students presenting at SOURCE is the chance to work and grow under a mentor.</p><p><strong>Finding a mentor</strong></p><p>Meghan Gilbert, junior psychology major, is a student presenter who is working under a mentor for her SOURCE presentation. According to Gilbert, to find a mentor for SOURCE a student usually has to take the initiative and actively seek one out.</p><p>“It’s more of a student seeking out opportunities in their departments. You have to seek that out yourself; it’s not given or provided for you,” Gilbert said.</p><p>Dr. Jesse James is a lecturer in the psychology department and Gilbert’s mentor. James said that he always encourages students in his research methods class to join a professor’s lab and participate in research.</p><p>“I strongly recommend you be proactive and go approach someone that is researching in an area that is similar to your own interests, but I rarely have students take the initiative from that invitation to actually go and approach another professor,” James said. “We can just keep encouraging and keep hoping that students will take advantage of that opportunity.”</p><p><strong>An amazing opportunity</strong></p><p>Jamie Gilbert is the SOURCE coordinator this year. The one-on-one time students can spend with their mentor is priceless, Jamie Gilbert said. Though mentors are there to help students, they wait for students to ask for their help before they give it.</p><p>“One of the best things about Central is our smaller classrooms and being able to get know your professors more and learn from them,” Gilbert said. “I believe Central is all about mentorship.”</p><p>Meghan Gilbert said that having a mentor has allowed her to be a part of the whole process of putting together an individual project for SOURCE and expanded her knowledge.</p><p>“I’ve also had like different relationships; when it’s been more like I’ve had mentors who will sit there and talk at me and ask me to do really small things, but I don’t feel like I learned anything from the process,” Meghan Gilbert said. “Dr. James has allowed me to be very hands-on with it, and he’s there if I have questions or if I need to learn more. But he’s really allowed me to put together the project as a whole, and I’ve really enjoyed that, and I felt like it’s really helped me grow as a student.”</p><p><strong>Mentoring Students</strong></p><p>According to James, it is a wonderful process, and he loves mentoring students. There are dull and exciting moments just like everything else; when moments are really mundane, all they can do is just trudge through because the end result is coming and that’s what makes it all worth it.</p><p>“My favorite part of mentoring students is knowing that my students are gaining new knowledge and skills that they learned in abstract ways in the classroom that they are using for the first time in a real applied kind of way,” James said. “When they start to produce something, some project, some end product, a poster, research project or new knowledge that has never been found in the history of the world, I think that’s really exciting.”</p><p>Jamie Gilbert said that all students who present at SOURCE have the opportunity to work one-on-one with their mentors.</p><p>“A lot of universities are so large that students don’t have the opportunity to work one-on-one with their professors, SOURCE and Central give students that opportunity,” Jamie Gilbert said.</p></br></br></br>CWU’s SOURCE Celebrates 20th Anniversary, 29 Apr 2015 15:08:44<p>Washington State’s longest running event of its kind reaches a significant milestone this year. The 20th Symposium Of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) takes place at Central Washington University on Thursday, May 21.</p><p>The emerald-anniversary event will feature free, public oral, poster, and performance presentations, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the Student Union and Recreation Center on the Ellensburg campus. For 2015, SOURCE will feature more than 350 presentations from 34 different academic departments.<br><br>“The continued growth of student interest and participation in SOURCE has been remarkable and gratifying,” says Kara Gabriel, SOURCE director and CWU psychology professor. “That’s also a testimony to the university faculty and staff, who have embraced SOURCE and helped it to become one of the state’s premier event.”</p><p>Originally known as the Undergraduate Research Symposium, the first conference featured 23 presentations in 1996. Two years later, it was renamed the “Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression,” to emphasize the broad nature of undergraduate scholarship at Central. Then, in 2002, a companion event for graduate students and faculty, the Conference on Graduate Student and Faculty Scholarship, was initiated.&nbsp;</p><p>Ten years ago, the two events merged as a way to foster overall awareness of and appreciation for CWU scholarship, regardless of discipline or academic level. SOURCE provides an opportunity for university undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, or employees who engage in scholarly activity to share the results of their work. This year, area elementary, middle, high school and Running Start students will also participate.</p><p>“Being able to offer chances for high-level scholarship beyond Central students alone is another way that SOURCE is unique from other research symposia,” Gabriel points out. “It’s proven to be beneficial to our faculty, fun for the staff, and an excellent learning experience for non-college students. We hope that some of them will enroll at Central and continue their research or creative endeavors here, and continue to be part of SOURCE.”</p><p>In addition, the annual CWU Student Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the CWU College of Business’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, with the continued financial support of the Herbert B. Jones Foundation, will be held in conjunction with SOURCE. As in the past, oral presentations will be made by the finalists. A total of $10,000 in award money will be presented to the plans judged to be the top three overall.</p><p>A companion symposium at CWU-Des Moines, on the Highline Community College campus, will be held Tuesday, May 19 from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m.</p><p>“Having a second SOURCE in western Washington ensures that students at our campuses there also have opportunities to present and have their research judged without having to come to Ellensburg,” Gabriel acknowledges. “This type of competitive evaluation really helps them in their scholarly work, and we’re happy to be able to provide that opportunity to them.”</p><p>The campus SOURCE awards ceremony will take place Wednesday, May 27, at noon, in the SURC Pit. Outstanding student presentations will be honored at that event, along with those receiving “Faculty Mentor” awards for their significant contributions to CWU research.</p><p>A SOURCE 2015 Awards Ceremony and Celebration is also planned for Seattle, in Fisher Pavilion, on Wednesday, June 3. This year’s SOURCE award winners, along with those from past events, are invited to participate in that ceremony.</p><p>“The last couple of years, we held our celebration at the Experience Music Project at the Seattle Center,” Gabriel says. “But, because of its popularity and the attendance at the event, we quickly outgrew that space and had to move to a bigger venue. It’s a nice problem to have!”</p><p>Based on the success and continued growth of the symposium overall, SOURCE will also expand, becoming a two-day event on the Ellensburg campus starting next year.<br><br><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Content Development, Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,<br>April 29, 2015</p></br></br></br></br></br>