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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 2022-23 Events

Current RADS students are invited to our virtual and in-person events! Check your invite or email for more information. Exact times and dates for RADS Events for 2022-23 are still being set.


RADS Meet & Greet with Prospective RADS Students
March 10th, Time TBD, Place TBD


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.


Susan Williams
Graduate Assistant, Graduate School
Bookings Page for Office Hours



Tiffany Boswell
Program Coordinator



Dr. Raymond Herrera
Associate Dean, Graduate School
Director, McNair Scholars Program

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