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University Academic Symposium

June 7, 2019

The Undergraduate Academic Symposium (UAS) is an academic event held on the last day of classes during spring quarter. Intended to highlight excellence in thought and beauty in expression at WWU through presentation and display of selected scholarship from across the curriculum, this half-day symposium will allow students to engage in multimedia, visual, oral and poster presentations. 

In the tradition of the mission of WWU, the UAS is designed to display student work across the WWU campus; increase awareness of the unique work created by various disciplines on campus; give students experience in presenting their work in a professional forum; and highlight our WWU students and departments. The collective presentations from each major area of study introduces new points of view to students who are interested in other fields, aiding decision making in their own individual projects, widening of personal horizons, and generating an interest in other activities around campus. All these aspects are intentionally designed to further the core of our mission statement. 

Students who participate in the UAS will bring themselves and their fellow students many benefits. Any presentation can be included on future resumes to further impact job opportunities in the career he or she chooses.

CommUnity credit is available for students who attend the Undergraduate Academic Symposium.

  1. Students who are wanting to participate in the symposium can approach the committee responsible for applications. The current members that can provide applications are: {faculty list coming soon}. Project advisers then select students (graduate and undergraduate) and are approved by the Chair/Dean of each department/school on campus.  
  2. The student and advisor fill out the proposal application provided below, indicating the project outline, methods used, and summary of the creative process. The form must be submitted to the UAS committee chair by the deadline noted on proposal form. Note the options for a poster presentation, showcase, performance.
  3. The committee analyzes the various submissions for acceptance into the symposium. Once analysis of the applications is complete, the UAS chair emails the project advisor and the applicant an acceptance letter.

To meet application requirements, a summary of the project is required for application and indication of planning. Students may submit partially complete projects at application deadline. Students are to fill out the application with the knowledge at hand at the time of applying; this is to prove that the project can and will be complete at the time of the symposium. If the project is adapted in the process, students should be prepared to include why the adaption was necessary in the presentation itself.

Once applicants are accepted at least one date and time will be established for students to be given information regarding presentation expectations, options, and a basic review of proper presentation preparation. Faculty will be available for any questions students may encounter prior to the event. Students are expected to meet one hour prior to the symposium for technical set up and to have any final questions answered. 

Oral presentation format:

Three-four hours are scheduled with 50 minutes for each panel of presenters.  Various panels will be presenting simultaneously.  Each panel is anticipated to have three students each. A faculty member will serve as moderator for each panel.  Each student will have approximately ten minutes to present and five minutes for questions.  

Poster presentation format: 

There will be various locations around campus where students will display their posters and be prepared to explain and answer any questions about their projects. Poster presentations include a large format poster with information on the research done, conclusions drawn, and any supporting evidence necessary. Students will then give a small speech to whoever is attending detailing the report.

Performance and Showcase format: 

Key locations will be set aside for projects expressed in performances and artistic display. Such presentations include physical projects such as buildings or constructions, or art gallery displays such as a design series or product line.

Call for Submissions

Students are invited to submit proposals for a paper presentation, poster presentation, multimedia presentation, performance, or artistic work. Applicants should keep in mind that this is meant to be an interdisciplinary symposium, so all projects should be presented in a clear manner that is intelligible to a general audience. 

Approved proposals should be submitted by April 12, 2019.

2019 symposium schedule coming soon

Symposium Archive

2018 University Academic Symposium Schedule


FAC Auditorium Stage

1:30 p.m.
Gina Lincoln


Clyde and Mary Harris Art Gallery (FAC)

1-5 p.m.
David Harris

Poster Presentations

FAC Foyer

1:30–3 p.m.
Rhett Burghart
Diana Farran, Dom McFall, Julie Barrow, Marissa Rosales
Dustin Gienger
Jennyffer Landaverde
Jenna Comeau
Nicholas Iwakoshi

Presentation Sessions

Admin 117

Bowers 203

Library reference room

2 p.m.CultureMedical MaterialsIdentity
Courtney MacPheeBradley SnowMiranda Roberts
Joanna StephanLindsey NaylorCassidi Sandefur
Lauren Epperson and Tommy Moen Alex Bauer Josie Henderson Karla RubioHannah GroenDiana Mignott
Chair: Brent BerghermChair: Janice McKenzieChair: Christy Scott
3 p.m.PreventionPowerMapping Connections
Angelica ChanHaley RascoAlyani Demafeliz
Morgan SankerNathan ZimmerlyKyra GreyEyes
Lam LayMolly VerskaCharles Oroko
Chair: Linda CrumleyChair: Cheris CurrentChair: Doug Logan
4 p.m.University ValuesInteraction
Sara BumgardnerLacee Sherman
Kyler Alvord; Katherine Beckner; Delia Frey Liam O'Riley; Daniella SilvaNatalie Smith
Mason NeilMelissa Ginoza
Chair: Deborah SilvaChair: TBA


UAS Schedule
  Folu Oyefesu & Paola Gonzalez Sophia Rich Abigail Wissink Ashley Norman & Braden Stanyer Lindsay Armstrong
  Aidan Hinshaw Amelia Pekar Mackenzie Ford Kyle Elssman Talea Shupe
  Sarah Anderson Mindy Kivett   Brian Flegel  
  Chair: Doug Logan Chair: Terri Aamodt Chair: David Crawford   Chair: Kraig Scott
  Miranda Morris Madison Reeves Sam Brown Kaitlyn Johnston Judelle Johnson
  Maureen Hayden Sierra Lepaine Monica Culler Leah Dawn Ivory Vogt
  Tyler H Kiri Fischer & Trisha Razzonlini Kelia Cooke Paola Gonzalez & Aleece Cazan Faith Hunnicutt
  Chair: Doug Logan Chair: Christy Scott Chair: David Lindsey Chair: Janice McKenzie Chair: Joel Libby
  Tommy Moen Daniella Silva McKenzie Cosaert Julio Munoz  
  Ruth Martinez Stephanie Septembre Gabrielle Warren Jon Lindsey  
      Alex Lemnah    
    Chair: Joel Libby Chair: Terri Aamodt Chair: Janice McKenzie  
Last update on May 20, 2019