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Graduate Students in the News

  • Phyllis Eide Receives Mentor Academy Award for Excellence

    By Cheryl Reed

    The WSU Graduate School has awarded Associate Professor Phyllis Eide the 2017 Graduate School Mentor Academy Award for Excellence for her work in mentoring graduate students. Eide has been a faculty member in the College of Nursing on the WSU Spokane campus since 2002, and a member of the Graduate School Mentor Academy since 2009.

    “When I found out I had won the award, I just about fell off my chair,” said Eide. “I am gratified … » More …

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  • Chemistry is newest addition to ARCS fellowship program

    By Cheryl Reed

    The chemistry department recently joined 11 other Washington State University units that are participants in the Ph.D. fellowship program of ARCS Foundation Seattle. Achievement Rewards for College Scientists helps give WSU a competitive edge in recruiting top graduate students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.  Read More

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  • Music is His Life

    By Amir Gilmore

    Although he is already a successful musician and entrepreneur, Chicago native Richard Owens has found value in putting his career on hold to get a graduate education at WSU.

    Richard has already generated a lot of buzz composing music and playing his trombone for his own record label. With dedication to music, passion for knowledge, and focus on his craft, Richard has been successfully balancing life as a musician and graduate student in the … » More …

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  • Big Cats, Big Grants, Big Future

    By Amir Gilmore
    Graduate student Travis King
    Imagine, if you can, a world with no cougars. That thought worried WSU graduate student Travis King because he understands the risk extinction would have on our ecosystem.

    The extinction of big cats like cougars and jaguars could have a giant impact on our ecosystem—a worldwide risk aggravated by the degradation of the big cats’ habitat and conflict with humans. Travis took up a passion for studying animals in their … » More …

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  • Mitigating the Impact of Sexual Violence

    By Cheryl Reed
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    Amber Morczek could be the poster child for doing something better with your life in spite of the fetters of family history. Her work at WSU has catapulted her towards a career that looks a bit different than she originally thought.

    In 2011, prompted by a father who nurtured in her a love for education, Amber uprooted herself from a New York family tree pocked with poverty, trauma, criminality, and addiction–and replanted herself at Washington State University Pullman to pursue … » More …

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  • A Passion for Predators: From T-Rex to Insects

    By Cheryl Reed

    Doctoral student Joseph Taylor lights up when he talks about bugs.

    From his undergraduate work at Washington and Lee University in Virginia to his graduate work here at Washington State University, his research on insect predators has already resulted in some substantial success, including the recent award of a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

    Although he is passionate about insects now, Joseph’s journey initially started with excitement over a much larger predator.

    “When I was a kid I loved dinosaurs, especially the T-Rex,” he said. “I wanted to become a … » More …

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  • Research & Mentoring: A Dynamic Duo that Spells Success

    By Amir Gilmore

    With 13 scholarships and awards, four peer-reviewed journal articles, and 24 conference presentations to her name, Spokane local and recent doctoral graduate Chrystal Quisenberry exudes hard work, commitment, and dedication. Because of her devotion to scholarship and public service, Chrystal was recently the recipient of the Harriett B. Rigas Award, presented to outstanding doctoral students who emanate exceptional performance in their academics, teaching and mentoring, and service to the community.

    As a first-year graduate student, I found Chrystal’s experience at WSU impactful. Her focus on research paired with her devotion to mentoring are characteristics that many … » More …

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  • 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 … » More …

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  • Polymer Engineering: Creating Batteries that Keep Going

    By Cheryl A. Reed
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    Doctoral graduate Yu “Will” Wang believes that polymer—a ubiquitous material made from hydrocarbons and other elements bonded together—may play the most important role in our daily lives. His undergraduate degree in polymers and desire to earn a doctoral degree in the area is what drew him to travel from China to study in the Materials Science and Engineering program at Washington State University.

    Natural polymers are things like tortoise shells and antlers, whereas manmade polymers, which are ever-present in our daily lives, … » More …

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  • Amir and Jet: Finding a Pet-friendly Campus

    By Cheryl Reed

    Amir Gilmore is a first-year doctoral candidate in cultural studies at WSU. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and black studies in education and a master’s degree in arts and black studies from SUNY. When Amir decided to pursue a doctoral degree, he found the Washington State University Cultural Studies program online and the name of faculty member Paula Price. He saw that her interests were similar to his and thought she may be someone he could work with.

    “So I emailed her and we set up a time for a phone call,” … » More …

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