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Graduate Students in the News

  • Kevin Gray and Afshin Kahn

    Improving Chemotherapy Treatment to Reduce Side-effects

    Two WSU doctoral graduates partner to become entrepreneurs

    By Kakali Chakrabarti

    When someone close to you is diagnosed with cancer, it can change your life perspective — and sometimes your life projectory. For Kevin Gray, a WSU doctoral graduate, the diagnosis drove him to a new research passion and creation of a biotechnology company to develop novel cancer treatments. Read more.

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  • Nathan Grant

    Research to Feed the Future
    Doctoral student Nathan Grant joins the WSU/U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative through his research

    By Cheryl Reed

    Passion and compassion aren’t synonymous, but in the case of molecular plant sciences doctoral student Nathan Grant, the two provide the synergy for his research and future career goals. Working side-by-side with his faculty mentor, Dr. Kulvinder Gill, Nathan is helping develop a heat-tolerant variety of wheat that could be grown in some of the world’s most hot and hunger-challenged regions of the world. Read More

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  • Following in his grandfather’s footstep

    Third generation Coug graduates with his Ph.D.

    By Frank McNeilly

    Exactly 47 years after Charles Heebner graduated from Washington State University with his doctoral degree, his grandson graduated with his. Charles, dressed in full-faculty regalia, attended WSU commencement on December 9, 2017, to hood grandson Craig Owen, who earned his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering. Read their story.

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  • Derick Jiwan

    The Heart of WSU’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

    WSU post-doc Derick Jiwan and team are turning byproducts from the Greek yogurt industry into a healthy drink—while realizing a higher purpose for their scientific research

    By Kakali Chakrabarti and Ruth Williams

    The Greek yogurt industry produces thousands of gallons of acid whey – the unused liquid drained from yogurt to make it creamy. The cost of handling and disposing of all the whey, although rich in nutrition, has been a major expense to the industry—so researchers have been looking for a way to convert the whey into a useable and profitable product. A group of WSU students … » More …

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  • Nancy Carvajal Medina
    Working to break stereotypes around homelessness and build more empathetic communities across the Palouse.


    By Kakali Chakrabarti

    Nancy Medina smilingHomelessness is a monumental, worldwide problem. According to the 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 549,928 people experienced homelessness in the United States on a single night in 2016. The majority (68%) stayed in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, or safe havens, and 32% in unsheltered locations. More than one-fifth (22%) of homeless people were children … » More …

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  • Ruby Siegel
    Doctoral student Ruby Siegel jumps ahead to a new career opportunity later in life

    By Ruth Williams

    Spokane native Ruby Siegel is not your average Washington State University Ph.D. student: she spent 17 years working in a clinical laboratory and raising a son between earning her degrees. At 43, she’s older than most of the other students in her research program in pharmaceutical sciences in the WSU College of Pharmacy. One of the youngest of her fellow students is only 20, and Ruby jokes that her son is older than that.

    Returning to school … » More …

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  • Nicole Kelp
    Finding Your Graduate School Niche


    By Ruth Williams

    Earning both undergraduate and graduate degrees from one institution is more common now than ever before for a variety of reasons. While it does depend upon the student and the student’s research and connection with faculty, sometimes completing all degrees at the same institution has major advantages. Washington State University graduate Nicole Kelp is a good example.

    Nicole is a recent graduate of WSU’s Molecular Bioscience Ph.D. program, and currently works as an instructor for the university. Her doctoral research focused on uterine biology, specifically tracking one particular protein and linking it to miscarriage, infertility, and … » More …

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  • Sylvia Omulo
    Seeking Solutions to Antibiotic-resistant Bacterial Infections

    Recent doctoral graduate Sylvia Omulo is working with a team of WSU scientists to stop the spread of untreatable infections.

    By Cheryl Reed

    sylvia omulo in laboratory

    Recent news reports have focused public attention on the alarming threat of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections in U.S. hospitals. But the threat is truly global. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a focus of research at the Paul. G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University, and … » More …

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  • The Calculus of Grace

    By Brian Charles Clark

    For Valerie Cheathon, it all adds up. She plans to earn a master’s degree in applied math so she can make movies. Sitting in the Compton Union Building on the Pullman campus of Washington State University one morning, she clearly sees the world as a weave of numbers—and stories.

    “I like applied math. You can help people with math. You can solve problems. Like, how much air conditioning is needed,” gesturing at the expanse of the CUB, “that’s a math problem. The doors are nodes and the connecting hallways get different values … » More …

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  • McNair Scholars Program Grant Renewed

    Washington State University has been awarded a $1.2 million U.S. Department of Education grant for the McNair Achievement Program for five years, according to Raymond Herrera, director of the program. Read More

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