2019 University Convocation
Welcome, new Cougs! Convocation is a special event—the official beginning of your academic journey here at WSU.
At University Convocation, faculty and staff will welcome you to the Cougar Family, introduce you to academic and community leaders, and help you get off to a good start in your first semester.
At this year’s University Convocation, bioengineering professor Anita Vasavada and sophomore student Nicole Craze will give you their inside tips and advice on how to get a great start at WSU and make the most of your college experience.
Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering
Anita is both a dedicated teacher — the 2019 winner of the University’s Sahlin Award for Excellence in Instruction — and a leading researcher in her field.
She researches the biomechanics and neural control of the musculoskeletal system, focusing on the human head and neck system. She aims to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of neck and musculoskeletal disorders.
In the classroom, she brings innovation and new technology to the fore. She is known for a personal approach to teaching and prioritizes individual interactions with her students.
Double Major, Global Politics and French
Nicole is a student in the Honors College. She loves reading, baking, playing with dogs, and traveling. Her biggest bucket list item is to visit all seven continents, and she’s managed three so far. Her favorite class so far has been Honors 270, History of Medicine. She found the subject fascinating and thoroughly enjoyed taking a deep dive into a new area of knowledge. To her, that’s the essence of the WSU experience.