“PULLMAN, Wash. — Associated Western Universities, Inc. is offering $15 million in research fellowships to science, mathematics, engineering and technology students and faculty nationwide. The program, which provides several kinds of assistance including eight to 16-week placements on projects at national laboratories, industry sites and federal agencies, is available to undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.
In 1998, AWU placed over 1,700 participants in research collaborations around the country, more than half of all those who applied. The research grants include a weekly stipend and may include travel funds. Student fellows receive a certificate of participation and often receive academic credit at their home institution.
“We invite WSU students to apply,” said Dean of Sciences Leon Radziemski, Washington State University’s AWU representative. “The national laboratories and other research facilities are already gearing up to host students for summer and fall fellowships. These fellowships provide an excellent opportunity for students to experience hands-on research working with leading scientists.”
In each of the past three years, about 100 WSU faculty and students in disciplines ranging from chemistry and environmental science to engineering and biology have received grants of various kinds from AWU. Among the labs that host WSU participants are Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, the Department of Energy Richland Operation and Waste Management Federal Services of Hanford, Inc.
The 1999 AWU applications are available online at
Applications may be submitted at any time. However, to ensure optimum consideration, AWU recommends submitting by Feb. 1 for summer, by March 20 for fall, and by Oct. 20 for spring fellowships. Prior contact with a laboratory or agency is helpful in placing a student or faculty member.