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Washington State University Graduate School

Research Assistantships for Diverse Scholars (RADS)

Mission, Vision, Purpose

The Research Assistantships for Diverse Scholars (RADS) are intended to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for U.S. students from underrepresented/ underserved communities and to increase graduate student diversity in our degree programs and Washington State University. The RADS awards are funded through a partnership of the Graduate School and the department/program of the prospective student. 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 Events

RADS Summer Event TBD, Location TBD
RADS Kick-off Picnic —TBD. Location: CUE Atrium
Chat & Chew Event #1: Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Graduate Committee (But Are Afraid to Ask)TBD
Be One with Nature! Outdoor HikeTBD    Location: Elk Creek Falls Idaho
Chat & Chew Event #2: Why Do I Need A Progam of Study?TBD. Location: TBD
Chat & Chew Event #3: Your Semester in the RearviewTBD. Location: TBD


Questions? Contact The RADS Team

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


Kelly Hewitt
Program Coordinator, Graduate School

Dr. Lori Carris, Associate Dean, Graduate School

Dr. Lori Carris
Associate Dean, Graduate School

WSU Graduate Assistant Dean Raymond Herrera

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



Our RADS Spotlight focuses on Kimbrough School of Music graduate student Richard Owens. Richard has already generated a lot of buzz composing music and playing his trombone for his own record label. With a dedication to music, passion for knowledge, and focus on his craft, Richard has been successfully balancing life as a musician at WSU. Read more about him here.

RADS Cohort 

Check out your RADS colleagues throughout the years!



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