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What is SOURCE?

FALL SOURCE: October 15 & 16. Join us to learn about CWU's Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Works.

Fall SOURCE is a new event to showcase the diversity of student scholarship, research, and creative works completed by Central students over the summer. In creating this event we hope to have a chance for new first-year and transfer students to learn early about the many opportunities available to expand their in-class experience. In addition to presentations from students, we will have a virtual workshop for undergraduates to learn how to get involved in these types of projects and will have a virtual workshop for the whole campus to learn about the funding and support opportunities the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) will be providing over the next year.

Friday, October 15th - Student Poster Session in Black Hall

    • 10:00 - 11:30am  Poster Session 1
    •  noon - 1:30pm Poster Session 2
Notes for poster presenters: 

Saturday session - VIRTUAL

Zoom Pre-registration Link, click here.




10am - 10:15


10:15 - 10:35

Student talks (15 mins with 5 minute questions)

10:35 - 11:35

How to get involved with student scholarship, research and creative projects (for students)

11:35 - 11:40


11:40- Noon

Student talks (15 mins with 5 minute questions)

Noon - 12:30


12:30 - 1:10

Library resources to support student research

1:10 - 1:15


1:15 - 2:00

Info session on student funding for scholarship opportunities (for all campus)




Spring SOURCE 2021 details

Remember that the Office of Undergraduate Research is running events all year to support student scholarship, research, and creative work including: 


2021 Central Summer Scholarship and Research Grant: $500 supply grants for summer research, scholarship, and creative works.  Learn more:
Weekly Scholarship and Research Tea: Starting July 2. 2-3pm PST.  Register here
Bi-Weekly GRAD CAMP: Every other Wednesday at 11am PST (Graduates Creating Applications for More Professional Experiences). Learn more here 
Fall SOURCE will happen October 15-16. More details will be available in Fall at
Central Faculty-Student Provost Research Grants for $3000 of student/faculty scholarship and research support will be due October 15th 
OUR will continue to have funds available to support virtual conferences and research projects. The deadline will be the first Wednesday of November. 


The SOURCE Committee and the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) are partnering with the Student Opportunity Center (SOC) to host SOURCE 2020 and 2021 as an online event. 

SOURCE Mission Statement 

The mission of the Symposium for 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.

Accomplishing this mission will foster best-practice-teaching and mentoring, promote the significance and relevance of research, scholarship and creative works, engage a range of CWU stakeholders in distinguishing aspects of CWU’s educational environment, and enhance the professional skills of students.

Connect with us thru Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@CWUSource) to learn more about our student researchers and other OUR opportunities. And use #CWUSOURCE2021 when sharing your SOURCE ideas and pictures so others can see what SOURCE is all about. #CWUTogether


SOURCE supports several awards for student and mentor work. 


Student presentation awards

These will be awarded after faculty and community judges provide feedback to presentations during the week of SOURCE.


Faculty mentor awards

Any student may nominate their mentor for the Mentor of the Year award, sponsored by the United Faculty of Central. Students submit a 500-word nomination essay discussing the support and mentorship they received from their faculty mentor. 

reSOURCE Award

CWU Libraries and the Friends of the Brooks Library will award up to four SOURCE projects the reSOURCE award for outstanding use of library resources in your project. This includes books, journals, Archives & Special Collections, databases, library equipment, and even our programs and spaces!  The library faculty and staff themselves are resources in your research journey.  See for all that the CWU Libraries have to offer. To apply, write a brief essay, less than 250 words, on how you used the library and/or its resources in your work and submit the essay with SOURCE abstracts (Feb 24th – Apr 3rd). A library committee will select the winners and each of the four awardees will receive a prize from the CWU Libraries.


Award winners:








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