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Graduate Students in the News

  • 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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  • Artificial Intelligence and Society

    Back in the 1980s, Antonie Bodley was a youngster with a new friend. Teddy Ruxpin was a robotic, storytelling teddy bear that never grew cranky or impatient. Its eyes blinked. Its mouth moved. And the bestselling toy of 1985 engaged kids with stories, songs, and comforting pronouncements about friendship and camaraderie. Bodley, now 34 and a WSU IIDP  graduate, knows that’s where her fascination with robotics and artificial intelligence began to take root. Read More

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  • The Doctoral Program of Endless Possibility

    2017 Ph.D. graduate Mason Burley finds ways to improve mental health treatment

    By Amir Gilmore

    Imagine the endless research possibilities and complex problems you could solve in a flexible graduate program tailored to your individual interests. Spokane native and 2017 Ph.D. graduate Mason Burley realized the possibilities in WSU’s individual interdisciplinary doctoral degree program (IIDP), where he researched mental health treatment through the lens of epidemiology, biostatistics, health administration and policy, and public health.

    “The IIDP allows students to draw upon the strengths and resources from three different departments,” says Mason. “We can ultimately address critical problems that may not be unique to a single … » More …

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  • 2016 Annual Report Available

    The Graduate School 2016 Annual Report is now available. To read enrollment, degrees awarded, graduate school diversity, scholarships and assistantships as well as Graduate School initiatives and student success, download the PDF HERE.

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  • 2017 Evening of Excellence

    The Graduate School hosted the third annual Evening of Excellence on April 13, 2017 at Banyans on the Ridge to honor 53 graduate student scholarship recipients.  In addition to the student scholarships, the Graduate School  also awarded the second Graduate School Mentor Academy Award for Excellence. Read More.

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