As part of an ongoing strategic partnership with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the WSU Graduate School and the WSU Office of Research are calling for applications for its third cohort for the Distinguished Graduate Research Program.

This program is intended to increase the quality and quantity of STEM doctorate students across the WSU system while providing an enhanced research experience by aligning WSU faculty, students, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) researchers with the unique capabilities and research programs at the laboratory.

Through the Distinguished Graduate Research Program (DGRP), students work with faculty at WSU and scientists at PNNL while completing their graduate coursework, then subsequently transfer to PNNL for the remaining years of their doctorate program to gain hands‑on research experience with PNNL scientists.

The program was established in 2017 as a nationally competitive effort to elevate the scientific and technical impact of doctorate student research at PNNL and WSU. Selected students receive an assistantship for financial support and benefit from having graduate committee members with access to world‑class research infrastructure.

For more information about the program, visit the WSU Grad School website, contact Michael Wolcott, Regents Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering,, or email the Distinguished Graduate Research Program at