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Special Announcements Spring 2020

Graduate School Announcements



PNNL-WSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program

Tackle scientific challenges alongside some of the nation’s leading energy, environment, and national security researchers


Washington state is home to several research institutions, and Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are paving the way in clean energy, smart manufacturing, sustainability, and national security innovation. And they’re seeking fresh minds.

Through the PNNL-WSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program (DGRP), Ph.D. students will earn a stipend along with benefits while working under a prestigious graduate committee on nationally relevant research. It is a unique opportunity to tap into the knowledge and world-class research infrastructure available at both institutions.

DGRP students will work with faculty at WSU and scientists at PNNL while completing their graduate coursework and subsequently transfer to PNNL for the remaining years of their PhD program to gain hands-on research experience with PNNL scientists. There will be opportunities in the following research areas:

  • Radiochemistry
  • Electric power and Smart Grid
  • Biofuels, bio-products, and catalysis
  • Environmental, water and soil science and engineering
  • and more

The Four-year* Program Includes:

  • Assistantship for financial support – salary, tuition waiver, benefits, support for mandatory fees
  • Oversight by graduate committee of nationally-recognized scientists
  • Collaboration with nationally recognized (and, in some cases, world-renowned) researchers
  • Access to world-class research infrastructure

*Additional support may be requested if Ph.D. program extends beyond 4 years

Applications are open for 2019


Program Announcement (PDF)

Program Guidelines (PDF)


The application process and deadlines are included in the Program Guidelines

Questions? Email


2018 Cohort

NameDepartmentPI or Chair
Sudha EswaranEngineering Science/School of Chemical Engineering and BioengineeringXiao Zhang
Shuo FengMaterial Science and EngineeringYuehe Lin
Fnu FitriaBiological and Agricultural EngineeringBin Yang
Cheng HaoMaterial Science and EngineeringJinwen Zhang
Gowtham KandaperumalElectrical EngineeringAnurag Srivastava
Xiaolu LiBiological and Agricultural EngineeringBin Yang
Emmanual Rendon AguilarCivil and Environmental engineeringYonas Demissie
Benjamin SchuesslerMaterials Science and EngineeringDavid Field
Zhangyang XuBiological and Agricultural EngineeringBin Yang
Elias ZegeyeChemical Engineering and BioengineeringAaron Wright

2017 Cohort

Front row, left to right: Trent Graham (blue shirt), Jenny Voss (dark gray jacket), Priyanka Ghosh (purple dress), Justine Missik (blue shirt), Nadia Panossian (dark gray jacket)
Middle row, left to right: Malin Young (PNNL), Anthony Krzysko (blue shirt, gray jacket), Christina Louie (gray shirt/black jacket), Austin Winkelman (green striped tie), Stephen Taylor (blue striped shirt), Chris Keane
Back row, left to right: Lori Carris, Ralph Cavalieri, Ernesto Martinez-Baez (blue sweater with stripes)

Read the news release HERE.

PNNL 2017 Cohort

StudentStudent field of studyPI/ChairPNNL Faculty
Jenny VossChemical EngineeringNorbert KruseDaniel Perea, Arun Devaraj
Nadia PanossianMechanical EngineeringDustin McLartySrinivas Katipmula
Ernesto Martinez-BaezChemistryAurora ClarkGregory Schenter
Priyanka GhoshComputer ScienceAnanth KalyanaramanSriram Krishnamoorthy
Christina LouieChemical EngineeringSue B. ClarkSue B. Clark
Justine MissikEngineering ScienceHepping Liu Maoyi Huang
Xu LiuComputer EngineeringAssefaw GebremedhinAndrew Lumsdaine
Stephen TaylorSoil ScienceMarkus FluryCarolyn Pearce
Trent GrahamChemical EngineeringAurora ClarkKevin Rosso
Austin WinkelmanChemistryYong WangYong Wang
Anthony KrzyskoChemistrySue B. ClarkSue B. Clark


Bernard Hall

Graduate Students in the News

When Black Holes Collide: A graduate student’s role in the detection of gravitational waves

By Cheryl Reed

Washington State University graduate student Bernard Hall was part of a team of WSU physicists who contributed to the recent detection of gravitational waves in space, confirming a theory posed by Einstein about 100 years ago. The gravitational wave detection is significant because it provides a new window into space, telling the story of the origins of the universe and the nature of gravity. The wave is believed to be the result of two black holes, 29 and 36 times the mass of the sun, which collided in the southern hemisphere about 1.3 billion years ago. The energy generated from the collision was about 50 times that of the entire universe, rippling through space and creating a blip on the radar of a Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory (LIGO) in both Washington and Louisiana in September of 2015.

Formed from the collapse of stars as they burn out, black holes pack immense gravitational pull, and continue to grow while consuming dust and gases from around them. Black holes range in size from small to supermassive—the ones that are believed to hang at the center of every galaxy, including the Milky Way. Although black holes are invisible because their gravitation pull is too strong for light to escape, their presence can be detected through their interaction with other matter, sometimes creating some of the most brilliant objects in the universe. Astronomers can determine the size of black holes by measuring the path of the stars orbiting around them, and have thus estimated the supermassive black hole at the core of the Milky Way to be about 4.3 million solar masses.

When Einstein developed the theory of relativity—which basically predicts that a sufficiently compact mass can deform space-time to form a black hole, he believed that two black holes orbiting each other would lose energy through gravitation waves, drawing them together to finally collide. During that brief, powerful explosion, a portion of the black holes’ mass is converted to energy, creating a powerful thrust that forms gravitational waves that ripple across space.

Hall is excited to be part of the team who first detected the gravitational wave. Originally from Georgia, Bernard moved to Post Falls as a teenager and was home schooled. After graduating, he attended IT Tech and earned a bachelor’s degree in video game design. He worked in broadcast television for 12 years, then joined the Army Reserve as a medic for nine years. In 2003 he was deployed to Syria. After learning that President Obama had initiated a post-911 GI Bill for those who had been on active duty during the Gulf War, Hall decided to take advantage and study astrophysics. He attended Spokane Community College for two years, then transferred to WSU in 2012, where he began working with Dr. Sukanta Bose.

The Graduate School talked with Bernard about the gravitational wave discovery.

Graduate School: First, can you talk how you became interested in physics and why you chose to attend WSU?

Hall: There’s actually a lot of physics involved in video game design, which was my first bachelor’s degree, because you have to understand gravity and how things collide to make the games realistic. I have experience in programming languages and was really interested in the physics of how things move based on my video game design experience—but I wanted to learn more. When I researched universities that offered programs in physics, I found that WSU has one of the best.

Graduate School: How did you begin working with Dr. Sukanta Bose and his Relativity Group?

Hall: I looked Dr. Bose up when I arrived at WSU as an undergraduate student, and after meeting with him, he invited me to work in his lab. I was able to work with the relativity research group for two years as an undergraduate student. The team was searching for gravitational wave signals that could be present in the LIGO. I wrote my senior thesis on that research, then kept working for the group for a year after I graduated. I started the Ph.D. program just this year. Right now Dr. Bose is part of an effort to build a LIGO in India, so we communicate via Skype.

Graduate School: Tell me about the LIGO and what your role has been in the discovery of gravitational waves.

Hall: The LIGO that is located at Hanford was built in about 2002, but was eventually shut down a few years ago because nothing had been detected. We’ve been working on upgrades to it since then, to make it more sensitive. I’ve been working on developing two new tools: one that detects non-linear couplings and another that compares environmental channels. The LIGO is so sensitive that it picks up thousands of environmental channels, including its own thermal noises. Half of the job of analyzing the data is figuring what is a real signal and what is not. The tools I built help discriminate false signals from real signals by filtering out the false signals.

Graduate School: How did you feel when you heard about the gravitational wave detection at both Hanford and Louisiana last September?

Hall: I was cautiously optimistic. When I first heard, I looked to Dr. Bose to see if he was excited, and he was. But we had to keep the information secret until it was thoroughly researched. There has to be two sites that pick up the signal, otherwise it is usually considered a false reading. When the Livingston, Louisiana LIGO also detected it 2,000 miles away, we believed it could be real.

Graduate School: I’m really curious about the gravitational wave that was detected. It seems like we were lucky because we happened to have the LIGO turned on at the exact right moment in time.

Hall: That’s right. You might say we were lucky because we were actually just testing our LIGO when the wave was detected. It was functioning fully, but we were still performing an engineering run with it.

Graduate School: I read that the scientists believe the wave was created from two black holes colliding. Can you tell me about that theory and why they believe this?

Hall: In a nut shell, the wave forms look different according to the event that caused them. There have been models built based on Einstein’s theory, so we know that the wave was caused by a collision of phenomenal force.

Graduate School: I understand that the gravitational wave was actually detected in September of 2015. Why has it taken so long to be made public?

Hall: We needed to make sure that it was a real signal. There were large teams of scientists studying the data to make sure it was not a false detection. We didn’t want to make an announcement only to find out later that it was false.

Graduate School: What are the implications of this discovery?

Hall: Gravitational waves can tell us about the origins of the universe. Light emitted after the Big Bang only goes back 300,000 years, but these waves go back even further. The patterns we can study originally came from quantum fluctuations and can help us come closer to quantum theory and to identify the forces at work. It can help us bring quantum mechanics and relativity together. We can conduct a lot of science with this data—from that very small detection.

Graduate School: What is your ultimate goal after you earn your PhD in physics?

Hall: My ultimate goal is to be a scientist because I am fascinated with cosmology. I enjoy talking to my sons about science and my work in the field of gravitational wave detection.

Graduate School Catalog

Graduate School Catalog

2021-22 Graduate School Catalog (PDF)


View or download the most current WSU Graduate School academic catalog, which contains information about WSU’s doctoral, master’s, global, specialized, and certificate programs, as well as a complete and updated list of graduate courses.

This document is searchable; click Ctrl/F to pull up the search function. The table of contents of the document is hyperlinked to enable a quick find of the information about the programs and courses; just press Ctrl and click on the line item you wish to view. The catalog contains the following information:

1. Academic Calendar
2. WSU Administration
3. Admission and Registration
4. Academic regulations
5. Tuition, fees, and financial aid
6. Degree programs

Tuition and Finances

Graduate School Costs


Graduate Student Assistantships

Assistantship appointments provide financial support to a graduate student who engages in teaching, research, and/or service. Most assistantships include a tuition waiver, health insurance, and monthly stipend. Graduate assistants are required to work 20 hours per week during the semester in which they receive the assistantship. To find more about teaching, research, and graduate assistantships.

Managing Your Finances


Assistantship Check Distribution, Deposit,  and Tax Information

Payments are issued on the 5th of each month. We recommend students use direct deposit to ensure fast arrival of funds. You may sign up for direct deposit through Payroll Services.


Payroll Deduction

Graduate students on half-time (20 hrs. /wk.) assistantship appointment may pay their mandatory fees through payroll deduction during the fall and spring semesters. With similar eligible conditions as Graduate Health Insurance, for this program students must sign up each semester in which they wish to take advantage of the deduction opportunity. Students may enroll in the program through WSU Workday only after their assistantship appointment has been entered into WSU Workday. Students will select the deduction based upon their assistantship appointment campus location to accurately deduct and credit their student accounts for that semester, and can verify amounts on their semi-monthly paystubs by viewing their Online Earnings Statement. Check the Payroll website for more campus specific details and instructions specific to Graduate Pay.


Tax Implications

WSU does not withhold federal income taxes on fellowships and traineeships, and will not report it on an annual 1099 IRS Form. Graduate fellows who are US citizens and resident aliens are responsible for paying all income taxes that may become due as a consequence of receiving graduate fellowship stipend payments. It is the student’s responsibility to understand the federal and state income tax implications of receiving a fellowship.

The IRS provides general information to assist students in determining tax liability and reporting obligations. Tax liability depends on a student’s particular circumstances, and students are advised to contact a personal tax advisor or the IRS with any questions or concerns. IRS Live Telephone Assistance is Toll-free: 1-800-829-1040. Instructions for 1099-MISC Form: Instructions for the Form 1099-MISC. To find your Local IRS Office, visit:

International students can find more information regarding their tax liability within the Office of International Students and Scholar Information website.


Frequently Asked Questions


If you have more questions after exploring the Graduate School website and referring to the list below, please contact us at 509-335-6424, or email Graduating this semester? Look at this website for instructions.


QuestionAnswerWebsite resource
Application Materials?We only need one completed set of application materials and once these are received, we scan them into our imaging system. If you apply to two departments, both departments will have access to your one electronic file. Please send your materials AFTER you apply, because you will receive a WSU ID number when we receive your application. This WSU ID number will also be assigned to your materials to ensure they are added to the correct file. If you have sent your materials before you applied, please let us know, so we can attach your WSU ID number to those documents.
What are the deadlines to apply?For most departments, the application priority deadline is January 10 for Fall and July 1 for Spring. However, some departments have an earlier deadline. Refer to your degree program fact sheets for more information. If you apply after January 10 or July 1, be sure to contact the department to see if they are still accepting applications. Apply

What is WSU’s GRE Institutional Code?WSU’s GRE Institutional Code is 4705. The GRE test is required by some departments, so check with them to see which scores they require. For more information on the test, review your Degree Programs Fact Sheet, or contact your prospective department.

Note: Required tests will show the TOEFL, which is only for international applicants. The institutional code for TOEFL scores is also 4705.
Degree Programs
Letters of Recommendation?Once you submit your application, your references will be contacted through the online application system and be asked to submit an electronic recommendation form. You will receive a confirmation email after each letter of recommendation has been submitted. If your recommender did not receive the email, or you would like to change recommenders, follow these directions:
• Log in to your account
• Click on Edit or send reminders to your online recommender’s link.
• Login with userid and password.
• Choose “Take Action” from the dropdown menu (next to each name)
• Edit recommender (allows them to change recommenders)
• Send a reminder (will send a duplicate e-mail)

How do I enter my current or most recent school information on the graduate application?Scroll to the bottom of Page Six (Additional Information tab) and uncheck the CertiFile box. This will allow you to input your current or most recent school information and proceed with the next page of the application.
Mailing Address?
For all mail services (USPS, FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.):

Graduate School Admissions
Stadium Way
French Administration, Room 324
PO Box 641030
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-1030
Submitting Transcripts?Domestic Students: If you have a copy of your transcript from your previous schools’ Registrar’s Office, you can scan copies of these transcripts and upload them through our online application. These transcripts will be marked “Unofficial” and will be used for the application process. If you do not have a copy of your transcript(s) from your previous schools, please order an “Official” one to be sent to us. Official transcripts need to be sent directly from the previous schools’ Registrar’s Office to WSU. If you are admitted to WSU for Graduate School, we need “Official” transcripts for our records. All transcripts sent to the Graduate School as part of the application process become part of the official Graduate School application file and cannot be returned or transferred.

International Students: Transcripts and degree certificates are required for the application review process. An “Unofficial” transcript and degree certificate (and its English translation) for every college and university you attended is acceptable for the application review process. Applicants may upload copies of Unofficial transcripts and translations through the online application. If you are admitted to WSU for Graduate School, we will need “Official” transcripts for our records. All transcripts sent to the Graduate School as part of the application process become part of the official Graduate School application file and cannot be returned or transferred.

Chinese Students: You have the option of using the CHESICC option on the CollegeNET application to order your official Chinese transcripts after accepting your admission offer at Washington State University. Follow THIS LINK for more information:
What Email address is used as official correspondence between student and the Graduate School?The email listed on your application is valid until you are recommended for admission and acceptance. AFTER you accept the offer of Admission, and throughout matriculation, your new WSU email is the only email the Graduate School will use to conduct business with you.
Are International Students eligible for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA)?Sorry, no. International Students are ineligible for Federal Financial Aid.
When will I be able to access myWSU?Approximately 2-5 days after you successfully submit your graduate application to Washington State University, you will receive an email from the Graduate School, including your unique WSU ID number. You must use this number each time you interact with the WSU Graduate School’s Admissions office. This number enables you to create a Network ID (NID) to access your account. Once you have created your NID and password, please maintain that information yourself, because the Graduate School staff does not have access to your NID or password.
My recommender indicated that they completed the Letter of Recommendation Form on CollegeNet. How do I confirm that they submitted the form?You will need to log into your WSU account with the email address and password you used when applying. You can check the status of the letters there. The status should show completed. If not, then you can send a reminder email that will have a link for the recommenders to log in and submit. Your WSU Account
I have issues with the online application. Who do I contact for help?The online application is hosted by an outside vendor, CollegeNET. Please navigate to their FAQs for issues.
If you don’t see your question, please visit the bottom of the page where you can find and complete a submission form to CollegeNET.
What do I need to do to apply as an International Student?Please click on this link for International RequirementsInternational Requirements
What are the department or program requirements?Each program/department will have separate requirements from the Graduate School. You may view them here: Degree ProgramsDegree Programs
Does the Graduate School offer conditional admission to International Students?The Graduate School does not offer conditional admission. However, if the student is on a scholarship, is recommended for admission by the department, but does not have the English requirement satisfied, the student may work with the department in updating the application to a future semester to satisfy the requirement.
Can the English requirement be waived? All international applicants must demonstrate a basic proficiency in English by submitting official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) test scores. Scores must be less than two years old at the time of expected semester enrollment and sent directly to the Graduate School from the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service reporting code for Washington State University is 4705 (for the TOEFL only). Please note exceptions to the English proficiency requirement:

• Applicants from Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Canada, Guyana, Kenya, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Nigeria, and Trinidad and Tobago are exempt from the English proficiency requirement.

• International students who have or will have graduated with a baccalaureate -level or higher degree from an accredited four-year U.S. or Canadian college or university within two years of the expected semester of enrollment at the WSU Graduate School are not required to submit English proficiency test scores (TOEFL scores).

Student copies of scores, or photocopies, are not official and will not be used in the final admission process. The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 7. For more information, please phone the Educational Testing Service at (609) 921-9000. For more information about the Intensive American Language Center program and language requirements, visit Intensive American Language Center.
How do I know if all my application materials have been received?If you have uploaded your unofficial transcript with your application, the Graduate School will use those documents to review your application. Your letters of recommendation will be received as your recommenders submit them. You may contact your program or department to verify if they have all the materials needed to review your application.
Payment issues on the CollegeNet application?If you are having payment issues with the CollegeNET application, the most common issue is that the address listed on the application does not match the address listed for the credit card billing information. If this is not the case, you will need to contact CollegeNET regarding payment issues. There is also a help page for CollegeNET: HERE
What should my sponsor letter, or affidavit of support say? We have an example affidavit of support for you. Feel free to use this one and fill in the information to fit your situation. Affidavit of SupportAffidavit of Support (PDF)
How should I submit all of my supporting documents?When emailing or mailing any supporting documents, be sure to include your student ID#, your name used on your application, and your date of birth.
I am currently on a research assistantship. What will happen to my assistantship if there are no longer duties for me to perform?Considering COVID-19, research assistantship duties must be flexible, and new duties should be negotiated with the supervisor. It’s unlikely that there will be no duties to perform. If the student makes a good faith effort to work with the supervisor to identify duties that fulfill the assistantship requirement, the assistantship and associated benefits will remain in good standing.

If there is a conflict in fulfilling the assistantship duties, the student has several avenues for redress, including contacting the department or unit chair, the Ombuds office, and the Graduate School. Assistantships cannot be terminated without allowing the student the opportunity to appeal the decision.
Am I allowed to complete my assistantship through telework? Yes. Graduate students can telework in order to fulfill their assistantship duties and their research credits (700- and 800-level). Please refer to the 20 Mar 2020 memo from the Dean of the Graduate School and Interim Provost.
I am a supervisor. Do I need to give assignments to the graduate student, so they can continue to receive their assistantship? Yes. Considering COVID-19, research assistantship duties must be flexible, and new duties should be negotiated with you. If the student makes a good faith effort to work with you to identify duties that fulfill the assistantship requirement, the assistantship and the associated benefits will remain left in good standing.

Establishing Residency

Establishing Residency

Please Read The Instructions Carefully

Because tuition is considerably less expensive for Washington residents than out-of-state students, you should establish residency right away after you arrive in Washington State. For questions or assistance, contact Jenny Saligumba-Graham,


The Questionnaire and supporting documentation must be received by the Graduate School by the 30th day of classes of the term for which you are seeking residency. If you are seeking residency for the fall term, for example, your deadline would be the 30th day of classes for the fall semester. You can find the deadline on the WSU Academic Calendar.  Ensure you are viewing the calendar for the correct term. For summer, the deadline is the Monday following the 5th day of classes.

You will need to submit the Residency Questionnaire and supporting documentation (see below) to the Graduate School. Documentation may be mailed or submitted in person. We do not accept faxed questionnaires or documentation. Please find your status below and read the instructions thoroughly.

Keep in Mind

  • You will need to enter your information onto the form and print, sign, and submit the form to the appropriate office along with your supporting documentation. To speed your request, make sure the information is complete and correct.
  • Documentation may be mailed or submitted in person.  We do not accept faxed questionnaires or documentation. Your questionnaire will not be processed until all supporting documentation is received.
  • Depending on the time of year, it may take up to two weeks to process your questionnaire and supporting documentation. Please plan accordingly.
  • If the document is listed as required,  you must submit it.
  • Decisions on resident status are based on documentary evidence submitted, which become a part of your file and are not returned.
  • Students are responsible for paying the resident portion of their fees while awaiting a determination of their residency status.  You may find the cost of attendance and tuition rates here.
  • Residency policies are set by the State of Washington (RCW 28B.15) and applied uniformly throughout Washington’s public colleges and universities.


Requirements if you are financially independent

You are financially independent if you are not claimed as a dependent by either parent on income tax returns and you pay at least 51% of the cost of attendance, which includes tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies and transportation as published by the WSU Office of Financial Aid.

1. Fill out both sides of the Questionnaire completely
2. Provide the following required items:

  • Copies of lease(s), rental agreement, letter from landlord, rent receipts, canceled rent checks or home purchase agreement verifying domicile in Washington for the 12 months prior to beginning of semester. You must account for the entire 12 month period.
  • Copy of State of Washington voter’s registration card or statement from county auditor with date registered, if you are registered to vote. (Must have obtained 12 months prior to beginning of semester)
  • Copy of State of Washington vehicle registration, if you own or use a vehicle in the state of Washington. If you use (but do not own) a vehicle, it must be registered in the state of Washington. (Must have registered vehicle 12 months prior to beginning of semester)
  • Copy of State of Washington driver’s license or State of Washington identification card (if you do not drive or do not have a previous driver’s license from another state).  Residents of the State of Washington are required to surrender their previous state’s driver’s license and obtain a State of Washington driver’s license or state identification card within 30 days of moving to and establishing a domicile in the state.  More information on obtaining a State of Washington driver’s license or identification card can be found here.
  • Any other documents you may have with dates showing that you have established a “home” in Washington, such as bank account statements.
  • Copy of your federal tax return and W-2 forms for the most recent tax year. If you have not filed a tax return, please provide copies of W-2 forms, if any.
  • If you are 24 or younger, you must also provide a copy of your parents’ return(s) (first page listing dependents and the signature block are required).
  • If 24 or younger, submit documents verifying your financially independent status for the current calendar year and the prior calendar year. To be considered financially independent, a student must demonstrate by evidence satisfactory to the institution that he or she has met, through his or her income, the expenses associated with college tuition and living for the current calendar year and the calendar year immediately prior to the year in which application is made, such as:

Financial aid grants, scholarships and loans authorized by the Financial Aid Office in the student’s name may be considered as personal income.

A trust or other account available to the student may be considered evidence of financial independence if the account was created before the student entered high school. You must submit documentation of the date account was established and proof the account was used to pay for expenses associated with college tuition and living for the current calendar year and the calendar year immediately prior to the year in which application is made.

Personal loans, PLUS loans, checking & savings accounts, gifts, and cash earnings SHALL NOT be counted as income in this calculation. Receipt of the Federal Parent PLUS loan will contradict financial independent status.

3. Sign Section 2 and the back of the Questionnaire form.

Requirements if you are financially dependent (supported by a parent/guardian)

1. Fill out Section 1 and Section 2 of the questionnaire. If you are not a U. S. citizen, but hold permanent resident immigration status, temporary resident status, “Refugee-Parolee,” “Conditional Entrant” status, or are permanently residing in the United States under color of law, attach a copy of both sides of your Resident Alien Card

2. Your parent or court-appointed guardian completes Section 3 and provides documents verifying his/her status as a Washington State resident as stated below:

  • Copies of lease, rental agreement, letter from landlord, rent receipts, canceled checks or home purchase agreement verifying domicile in Washington for the 12 months prior to beginning of semester. You must account for the entire 12 month period.
  • Copy of State of Washington voter’s registration card or statement from county auditor with date registered, if you are registered to vote. (Must have obtained 12 months prior to beginning of semester)
  • Copy of State of Washington vehicle registration, if you own or use a vehicle in the state of Washington. If you use (but do not own) a vehicle, it must be registered in the state of Washington. (Must have registered vehicle 12 months prior to beginning of semester
  • Copy of State of Washington driver’s license or State of Washington identification card if you do not drive. (Must have obtained 12 months prior to beginning of semester)
  • Any other documents you may have with dates showing that you have established a “home” in Washington (bank accounts).

3. Provide a copy of your parent(s) federal income tax return for the most current year verifying your dependent status (only the listing of dependents and signature block are required) . If your parent or court-appointed guardian is not a U.S. citizen, but she/he holds permanent or temporary resident status, or “Refugee-Parolee,” “Conditional Entrant” status, or is permanently residing in the United States under color of law, attach a copy of both sides of his/her Resident Alien Card, Temporary Resident Card or other verification of his/her status with USCIS.

4. You and your parent must sign the back of the Residency Questionnaire form.

Requirements if you are Military Personnel/Civil Service

1. If you are active-duty military or the dependent of an active military member stationed in the state of Washington, provide a copy of your military ID and your orders to:

Veterans Affairs Office
French Administration Bldg Room 346
PO Box 641035
Pullman, WA 99164-1035

2. If you are a dependent of an active-duty military, or civil servant, who claims Washington as your residence, but who is stationed outside of the State of Washington, your parent or guardian must complete Section 3 of the questionnaire and also provide:

  • Evidence he/she is a member of the military
  • Evidence of his/her Home of Record
  • Evidence of ties maintained to the State of Washington (voter registration, driver’s license, vehicle registration) REQUIRED
  • Copy of his/her federal tax return for the most recent tax year (first page listing dependents and the signature block are required).

Interdisciplinary Degrees

Interdisciplinary Degrees

The Graduate School administers three interdisciplinary degree programs, offering students an opportunity to tailor a unique program based on individual interests. Working with top-ranked research faculty at WSU, graduate students cross traditional boundaries and discover new insights to solve the world’s problems.

Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral

This doctoral program is individually designed to meet the professional interests and research endeavors of each student. Although the program maintains a high degree of flexibility, it is rigorous and requires the involvement of the graduate school and several academic units on campus. Students in this program work with an advisor and committee who oversees the development of each unique degree program

For detailed information, and who to contact, visit here.

Molecular Plant Sciences

Considered one of the top programs of its kind in the world, this program incorporates plant physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology. Faculty in this program include three National Academy of Science members and some of the most influential plant science researchers in the world. All students in this program receive some form of financial assistance, such as training grants, individual research grants, predoctoral fellowships, or teaching assistantships. First-year students visit several different labs during their first weeks to help make an informed decision about pursuing the specific science that interests them.

For detailed information and who to contact, visit here.

Materials Science and Engineering

This collaborative, vibrant program is the largest interdisciplinary doctoral program in materials science and engineering in the Northwest. The program enables students to access a wide range of research facilities from mechanical, materials, civil, chemical and bioengineering as well as physics and chemistry. Several faculty members have collaborations with the high-ranked Life Sciences Programs at WSU, and more than 50% are fellows and leaders of their professional societies. MSEP students take advantage of WSU’s strong ties to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory by  participating in a special research internship program that allows them to complete a portion of their research as a resident at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at PNNL.

For detailed information and who to contact, visit here.

News and Events

Graduate Students In The News

Graduate Students in the News

  • A Bear in Your Sight is Worth Two in the Bush

    By Carla De Lira and Cynthia Hollenbeck

    If you’ve ever hiked in the wilderness and seen a large object nearby, you may have asked yourself, “Was that a bear or a bush?” To master’s student in natural resource sciences at Washington State University, Cullen Anderson, the question is an important component of his research. Cullen studies how the black bear population data from North Cascades National Park in Washington state can provide important information for park management decision making. Cullen Anderson with Bear Decoy at North Cascades National ParkCullen Anderson carrying one of his bear decoys for his
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  • Doctoral Student Researches Language and Technology to Help Others

    By Elle Ciaciuch O’Neill and Cynthia Hollenbeck

    Jose Riera, Ph.D. candidate in Washington State University’s College of Education, focuses his research on developing computer applications to help foreign language learners, immigrants, and individuals with communicative disabilities to improve their pronunciation skills. According to Jose, there are 1 billion foreign language learners, 275 million immigrants, and 550 million individuals with communicative disabilities worldwide. With these numbers, Jose hopes this research will make a notable impact on the language-learning world.

    One of the main challenges for second language learners is understanding and articulating unfamiliar new sounds in their target language. Jose believes that by providing these learners … » More …

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  • Horticulturist Explores Genetics of Resistance to Fire Blight in Apples

    By Cynthia Hollenbeck and Elle Ciaciuch O’Neill

    Sarah Kostick, Ph.D., is making great strides in the world of apple breeding at Washington State University. By investigating resistance/susceptibility to fire blight in apples to enable more efficient development of apple varieties with resistance to fire blight, she has found that specific genomic regions (also called genetic loci) are associated with resistance, and much more.

    Fire blight is a devastating bacterial disease that affects a range of apple cultivars (varieties). This disease has the potential to cause tree death and, depending on the year, can destroy entire orchards. Fire blight, caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora, can infect … » More …

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  • Tammy Barry selected as new associate dean in the Graduate School. Read More.

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  • Education doctoral student wins $15,000 sisterhood scholarship

    By C. Brandon Chapman

    Roxanne Moore, who is earning her PhD in math and science education, has been dedicating her efforts to helping WSU preservice reserchers become better math teachers. Read more

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  • Coug nurse helps his native country with free medical clinic

    by Addy Hatch, WSU News

    Coug nurse Abel Saba’s goal is to open a medical clinic in his native Burkina Faso. This summer he and fellow Coug nurse David Oni took a step toward that dream by traveling to the West African nation to hold free medical clinics. Read More.


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  • WSU expands Protein Biotechnology Program through new $2.3 million NIH grant

    The National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health has awarded Washington State University NIH Protein Biotechnology Training Program $2.3 million over the next five years to support training of Ph.D. graduate students. Read More

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  • Student Pharmacist awarded $2,500 scholarship

    by Tia Weyrauch

    Student pharmacist Megan Baker is interested in owning her own pharmacy someday, and she just received a scholarship designed to help her get there.  Read More

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  • The World of Scientific Research

    Now off to Switzerland in search of new insights about aquatic invasive species, Eric Dexter is a late-blooming research success story.  Read More

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  • Alexandria Hudson

    Zebrafish and Hearing Loss

    By Yue Hang

    It was a typical Thursday for Alexandria Hudson, a doctoral candidate in neuroscience at the Washington State University Vancouver campus. She went to the Coffin Lab, where she worked, to check the result of her experiment.

    “The result will be used for my presentation at the Association for Research in Otolaryngology conference next week,” says Alexandria, though she had no idea what the result would be. “It’s the fun part of science—sometimes, the results will be surprising.”

    The upcoming conference is not the first one Alexandria has participated in. Since starting her Ph.D. program in 2016, … » More …

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