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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

August 23, 2019 – Dinner Mixer at Brelsford WSU Visitor Center at 6:00pm
November 20, 2019 – Plan3t Trampoline Park
March 12-15, 2020 – Recruitment Campus Visit
March 23, 2020 – Wild @ Art Project With Your Mentor—CANCELED
April 28, 2020 – Zeppoz Bowling—CANCELED

Due to recent developments, we will be canceling our Spring RADS events. We will look into alternative ways to celebrate our RADS community in the meantime.


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.

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


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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