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CWU Student Researchers Recognized at 2022 SOURCE Awards

Image of SURC Ballroom with awards ceremony taking place.

The 2022 SOURCE Awards were presented June 2 in the SURC ballroom.

Participants at Central Washington University’s annual Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) were recognized June 2 at the 27th SOURCE Awards. The 2022 undergraduate and graduate research conference was held May 16-19 on the Ellensburg campus. 

Brandy Wiegers, director of the Office of University Student Research (OUR), said it was nice to have this year’s awards ceremony in-person.

“By having an in-person event, students were able to cheer on their colleagues’ presentations—something we’ve missed doing over the last two years of being virtual,” she said. “That is what is so great about the in-person awards ceremony: we are back to celebrating the amazing work of our students.”

The first awards category was Presentation Awards, which were decided based on criteria such as relevance, knowledge, organization and visual elements, reasoning, delivery, and overall presentation. Additionally, ReSOURCE awards were given for outstanding utilization of library resources, and overall awards recognized the Mentor of the Year and Graduate Scholar of the Year. Finally, the James and Katie Gaudino Scholar of the Year Awards were awarded to presentations exemplifying scholarship in both research and expression.

The James and Katie Gaudino Awards went to Psychology major Bianca Sanchez for Research, and Theatre Arts and Musical Theatre major Reese Sigman for creative expression. Professor of Music Jeffrey Snedeker was named Mentor of the Year, and Health Sciences graduate student MacKenzie Carter was chosen as Graduate Scholar of the Year. A full list of honorees can be found on the SOURCE website.

This year, 293 students participated in SOURCE, preparing 192 presentations with the help of 137 faculty, staff, and community members.

“Students at SOURCE take ideas from their classroom experiences and, with faculty mentors, they explore them deeply, creating scientific and creative novelties,” Wiegers said. “This year’s SOURCE presenters found the time and energy to go above and beyond, sharing their work in small talks so that everyone in the audience understood it and could see what impact the work is going to have on the world.”

Media contact: Rune Torgersen, Department of Public Affairs,, 509-963-1264