The Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE)

What is SOURCE?

SOURCE, short for Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression, strives to provide a university-wide opportunity for Central students to present their mentored research, scholarship, and creative works. SOURCE strives to create an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment that applauds and values demonstrations of all disciplines and experience levels. SOURCE simulates the professional environment in which you may find yourself presenting within your discipline later in your career. 

Get Involved! 

SOURCE is designed to include a variety of students and community members in a plethora of ways! SOURCE is for everyone, and we hope that you will join us in some way!

SOURCE2024 Calendar
April 14: The last day of online abstract submission for SOURCE.
May 15: Oral presentations at SURC.
May 16: Poster presentations at the library.
May 21: SOURCE Award Ceremony at SURC.

Why Present?

SOURCE provides opportunities for students to

  • pursue your interests
  • learn something new
  • engage with individuals and information from your field
  • hone your problem-solving skills
  • challenge yourself in new ways
  • gain experience in your field
  • work with mentors who are highly skilled in your field
  • create a product that is representative of your interests, studies, and knowledge


SOURCE Highlights

SOURCE has been an annual symposium at CWU since 1995. Over the past (nearly) 30 years, SOURCE has seen amazing successes. To learn more about past SOURCE proceedings, you can visit SOURCE archives or explore our SOURCE Hall of Fame! 

Some tips for your research and creative activities!

  • Is research for me?

    Engaging in research, scholarship, or creative activities allows you to pursue your interests, learn something new, hone your problem solving skills, and challenge yourself in new ways.  Working with a faculty mentor gives you the opportunity to work closely with someone experienced in your field.

    Best of all, you leave CWU with a product that represents your interests and studies, and possibly, a real contribution to knowledge.

  • How do I research?


    There are many types of ways you can research, be sure to check out all of CWU Library research resources that are available to everyone! 

  • Anyone can do it.

    Every field of study has its own methods of asking questions and finding answers to those questions.  As a student engaged in research, scholarship, or creative activities, you seek answers to questions of interest to you.

  • What is it like to work on my own project?

    The research, scholarship, or creative experience varies greatly.  You might work alone, or in a large team.  You could conduct your work in a library, a museum, a laboratory, and concert hall, an art gallery, or a community.

    The majority of research, scholarship, and creative projects take several quarters to develop and complete.

  • How do I get started on a project?

    Take a class in a topic area that interests you.  Talk to faculty both inside and outside the classroom.  Asking faculty questions about their own scholarship is a great way to start a conversation.

    Attend the SOURCE Kickstart and How-to-SOURCE events to learn more about research funding and publishing, how to conduct, prepare and present your research, how to find a mentor, and many other research-related topics.  Check presentation abstracts of previous SOURCE!

    Attend the annual SOURCE (Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression) in May to find out what types of projects other students are conducting. 

  • What do I do after I start a project?

    • Your faculty mentor will help guide in as you develop a project.
    • Consider applying for OUR grants for supplies, equipment, or travel that you need to complete your work.
    • Plan to present your work at professional meetings, conference, or venues and apply for OUR grants.  Check presentation abstracts of previous SOURCE!
    • Make certain to present your project at SOURCE in May.

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