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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 2021-22 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 2021-22 are still being set.

RADS Meet & Greet: Dr. Herrera
August 19th, 3:00-4:00 pm
Via Zoom 

RADS Family Weekend Tailgate
October 16th, Time TBA
Martin Stadium (location dependent on COVID recommendations)

RADS Meet & Greet
November 10th, Time TBA

RADS Meet & Greet
January 14th, Time TBA

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

RADS Coffee & Ice Cream Social
April 13th, Time TBA
Neill’s Coffee (location dependent on COVID recommendations)


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.

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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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