The mission of the Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) is to provide a university-wide forum for Central Washington University (CWU) students, encouraging equity, diversity, and inclusivity, representing all disciplines and experience levels, to present their mentored research, scholarship, and creative works in a juried environment that meets professional conference standards and expectations.  Past SOURCE Proceedings

SOURCE-related Events

  • SOURCE Kickstart at the Student Commons in Brooks Library (November 8, 10 - 1:30 pm).  SOURCE Kickstart 2024 (Recorded Webinar).
  • How to SOURCE at the SURC Ballroom (February 21, 1 - 2:30 pm).  How to SOURCE Socialization after 2:30.
  • SOURCE (May 15 in SURC and 16 in Brooks Library, 2024)
  • SOURCE Award Ceremony at the SURC Ballroom (May 21, 5 - 7:30 pm)


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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