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Research Assistantships for Diverse Scholars (RADS)

Mission, Vision, Purpose

The Research Assistantships for Diverse Scholars (RADS) program intends to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for U.S. students from under-represented and under-served communities, and to increase graduate student diversity at WSU and in our degree programs. RADS awards are funded through a partnership between the Graduate School and the prospective student’s department or program. Priority is given to students who have participated in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, or similar graduate education preparation programs.


RADS Virtual Campus Visit

Prospective RADS students for the coming Fall 2021 semester are invited to our Virtual events! Check your invite or email Madison Griffin for a Zoom link.

Friday, February 26, 2021

WSU Student Club Brown Bag, 12pm-1pm

  • Learn more about student resources and clubs on the WSU campuses.


RADS WSU Welcome Virtual Tour, 1:30pm-2:30pm

  • Join Dr. Raymond Herrera on a virtual tour of our campus and community.


RADS Student Meet & Greet, 4pm-5pm

  • Meet current and prospective RADS students at an informal Meet & Greet.


Saturday, February 27, 2021

RADS Drop-In Office Hours, 11am-1 pm

  • Have questions about RADS, becoming a WSU graduate student, or anything related to moving to Washington? Join Dr. Herrera and the Graduate School during our drop-in Office Hours.



RADS Cohort 

Check out your RADS colleagues throughout the years!










Read About our RADS Alum

Dr. Tabitha Espina

Dr. Tabitha Espina, a RADS alum, is featured in Washington State Magazine! Dr. Espina recently joined our RADS community in a virtual Brown Bag where she discussed her research as well as her personal journey as a graduate student at WSU Pullman and then as a new PhD on the job market.


Dr. Kait Hirchak

RADS Alum Dr. Kait Hirchak joins WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine!



Contact Us

No question is ever too big or too small for us! We are always here to help and assist you during your academic journey.

Madison Griffin

Madison Griffin
Program Coordinator
Graduate School


WSU Graduate Assistant Dean Raymond Herrera







Dr. Raymond Herrera
Assistant Dean of Student Recruitment
Director, McNair Achievement Program

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