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Honors alumni presents thesis at American Psychological Association meeting in San Francisco

Hayley Masterson

Honors alumni presents thesis at American Psychological Association meeting in San Francisco

Hayley Masterson
Dr. Phyllis Erdman, Hayley Masterson, and Tires (a service dog they met at the convention) at the APA poster session in San Francisco, August 2018.

2018 Honors College graduate Hayley Masterson presented her honors thesis at the American Psychological Association meeting in San Francisco in August. Hayley worked with Honors Faculty Fellow Dr. Phyllis Erdman (WSU College of Education) and Dr. Lori Kogan (Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine) in the 2nd cohort of the Human-Animal Interaction Collaborative (HAIC) between the honors colleges of WSU and CSU. Hayley graduated in microbiology and her honors thesis (“Animal Loss and Grief Experience of Pet Owners: How to prepare pet owners for the end of life process”) received “Pass with Distinction.”

Honors Thesis Research Published in Neuropharmacology

Chloe Erickson and Professor Brendan Walker

Honors thesis research published in Neuropharmacology

Chloe Erickson and Professor Brendan WalkerThe results of Honors student Chloe Erickson’s thesis have recently been published in the international journal Neuropharmacology. Chloe worked with Honors Faculty Fellow Professor Brendan Walker in the Laboratory of Alcoholism and Addictions Neuroscience at Washington State University. The research investigated factors that affect alcohol dependence. Chloe graduated in neuroscience and was recognized with an Auvil Award for undergraduate research.

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Honors students and alumni attend Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program

Honors students and alumni at historic Mount Vernon

Honors students and alumni attend Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program

Honors students and alumni at historic Mount VernonThis month Honors College students and graduates Alyssa Norris, Savannah Rogers, Matthew Winchell, and Garrett Kalt gathered at the historic site of Mount Vernon for the alumni weekend of the Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program. Each year since the leadership program first began in 2014, WSU has been represented by a student fellow from the Honors College. This year, Matthew Winchell attended the six-week leadership program and Garrett Kalt was selected as the student intern for the summer.

CAHNRS Coug making a difference

Esther Rugoli

CAHNRS Coug making a difference

WSU sophomore Esther Rugoli works in the greenhouse on a research project.
WSU sophomore Esther Rugoli works in the greenhouse on a research project.

CAHNRS is a diverse college that is home to students with various backgrounds, interests and motivations. The common denominator between all CAHNRS students is that they hope to contribute to a system larger than themselves. There is always a pathway that leads past the classroom, campus, and even the United States. » More …

Paige Danielson Named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Second Team

Paige Danielson

Paige Danielson Named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Second Team

Washington State University junior rower, Paige Danielson, has been named to the 2017-18 Google Cloud Women’s At-Large Academic All-America Second Team, selected by CoSIDA, the organization announced Thursday. » More …

May 16: Leah Benedict to receive WSU Libraries’ Excellence Award

Leah Benedict

May 16: Leah Benedict to receive WSU Libraries’ Excellence Award

Leah BenedictPULLMAN, Wash. — Leah Benedict will receive the 2018 WSU Libraries’ Excellence Award during a 10 a.m. reception Wednesday, May 16, in the Terrell Library Atrium.

Benedict is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of English. The award recognizes a nonlibrary faculty or staff member who has shown consistent support for the WSU Libraries. » More …

WSU’s first NOAA Hollings Scholarship winner

Kristian Gubsch

WSU’s first NOAA Hollings Scholarship winner

Gubsch and Von Walden shown making adjustments to a drone
National scholarship recipient Kristian Gubsch with Professor Von Walden

Washington State University chemical engineering student Kristian Gubsch is the school’s first recipient of the prestigious Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The nationally competitive award pays $19,000 total for the Edgewood, Wash., student’s 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years, provides a 10-week paid summer internship at an NOAA facility, and funds travel to present at two scientific conferences. » More …

Restoring a musical relic

Thomas LeClair

Restoring a musical relic

Thomas LeClair  sitting at the pipe organ
Thomas LeClair and the Webster pipe organ

Sophomore Thomas LeClair is trying to fix a 91-year-old theatre organ languishing in the basement of the Webster Physical Sciences building on the Pullman campus.

A biology and music double degree student, LeClair discovered the instrument while thumbing through old files in the WSU Libraries Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections. » More …