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CWU SOURCE Celebrates 17th Anniversary

May 9, 2012

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — A record number of Central Washington University students and academic units will participate in the 2012 Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). It’s the university’s largest, multi-disciplinary event.

“It’s truly a community effort of which we can, and should, take great pride,” said CWU President James L. Gaudino. 

SOURCE now marks 17 years of celebrating scholarship and creative expression at CWU. The daylong event involves Central students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other community members.  It provides them with on-campus opportunities to present research and creative works, while promoting dialogues across all academic disciplines.

SOURCE 2012 takes place Thursday, May 17, all day throughout the Student Union and Recreation Center, on the Ellensburg campus.  It’s free and open to the public.

“Our vision continues to be to create a signature showcase of all types of scholarly work conducted at Central and to share that work across disciplines and with all the communities we serve,” said Natalie Lupton, chair of the SOURCE organizing committee.            

SOURCE began in 1996 as the CWU Undergraduate Research Symposium, which featured 23 presentations. This year, there will be 335 solo and collaborative presentations, which will be offered through oral and poster presentations, artwork, and performances, including 12 poster presentations from students taking classes at CWU campuses in western Washington.

Overall, 43 CWU academic units, from aerospace to women’s studies, will be represented at this year’s symposium.

In addition, five finalists will make presentations at SOURCE as part of the College of Business Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s Business Plan Competition.

The SOURCE 2012 program, with information about all of this year’s presentations, is available online here. 


Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,