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Honors Thesis Research Published in Neuropharmacology

Chloe Erickson and Professor Brendan Walker

Honors thesis research published in Neuropharmacology

Chloe Erickson and Professor Brendan WalkerThe results of Honors student Chloe Erickson’s thesis have recently been published in the international journal Neuropharmacology. Chloe worked with Honors Faculty Fellow Professor Brendan Walker in the Laboratory of Alcoholism and Addictions Neuroscience at Washington State University. The research investigated factors that affect alcohol dependence. Chloe graduated in neuroscience and was recognized with an Auvil Award for undergraduate research.

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CAHNRS Coug making a difference

Esther Rugoli

CAHNRS Coug making a difference

WSU sophomore Esther Rugoli works in the greenhouse on a research project.
WSU sophomore Esther Rugoli works in the greenhouse on a research project.

CAHNRS is a diverse college that is home to students with various backgrounds, interests and motivations. The common denominator between all CAHNRS students is that they hope to contribute to a system larger than themselves. There is always a pathway that leads past the classroom, campus, and even the United States. » More …

WSU’s first NOAA Hollings Scholarship winner

Kristian Gubsch

WSU’s first NOAA Hollings Scholarship winner

Gubsch and Von Walden shown making adjustments to a drone
National scholarship recipient Kristian Gubsch with Professor Von Walden

Washington State University chemical engineering student Kristian Gubsch is the school’s first recipient of the prestigious Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The nationally competitive award pays $19,000 total for the Edgewood, Wash., student’s 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years, provides a 10-week paid summer internship at an NOAA facility, and funds travel to present at two scientific conferences. » More …

National Goldwater Scholarship awarded to WSU junior Zachary Howard for 2018-19

Zachary Howard

National Goldwater Scholarship awarded to WSU junior Zachary Howard for 2018-19

Zachary Howard with Anders Omslan in the labPULLMAN, Wash.— Sammamish, Wash., native and Washington State University genetics and cell biology major Zachary Howard has received from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation a $7,500 distinguished scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year. » More …

Honors Students Recognized with Research Awards

Honors Students Recognized with Research Awards

Thirteen Washington State University Honors College students have received awards from the Office of Undergraduate Research, part of WSU Undergraduate Education.

The Scott and Linda Carson Undergraduate Research Endowed Excellence Fund, established in 2013, supports researchers as they progress in their careers. The Carsons, who are WSU alumni, have supported the university with their service and numerous financial gifts. The Carson award is the first to give preference to student researchers who are in their junior and senior years.

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John Yeager ’06, ’08 MS, ’11 PhD

John Yeager ’06, ’08 MS, ’11 PhD

John Yeager wants to know what happens to materials all the way down to the nanoscale, even when they detonate. His curiosity led to three WSU materials science degrees, and a recent award.

Yeager ’06, ’08 MS, ’11 PhD, now works for the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s High Explosives Science and Technology group in New Mexico. He received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in January. » More …

Assistant Dean Robin Bond presents at International Virginia Woolf Conference

Assistant Dean Robin Bond presents at International Virginia Woolf Conference


Dr. Robin Bond of the Honors College, together with Dr. Trevor Bond of the Washington State University Libraries, traveled recently to Reading, England to present at the Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf: ‘Virginia Woolf and the World of Books’. Their papers were part of a panel exploring the Personal Library of Leonard and Virginia Woolf, which belongs to the Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections of the WSU Libraries in Pullman, Washington. » More …

Honors Students Inventing for the Future

Honors Students Inventing for the Future

A safe and sterile needle seems to be a basic idea when preventing infections. But how that needle is sterilized, especially in places where reuse is a common practice, spurred a good idea for a pair of Washington State University student entrepreneurs.

Emily Willard (left) and Katherine Brandenstein with their winning SafeShot sterilizer, at the University of Washington Health Innovation Challenge (Photo Matt Hagen)

Emily Willard and Katherine Brandenstein came up with the idea of SafeShot, a lid that sterilizes a needle each time it enters the vial of medicine, as part of an entrepreneurship class. The two students started a company, won a health business contest last spring, and headed to Tanzania early this year to research how their product could be used in a real setting. » More …

WSU junior recognized by Udall Foundation

WSU junior recognized by Udall Foundation


PULLMAN, Wash. – Alyssa Norris, a WSU junior in engineering and an Alaska native, has received a nationally competitive Udall Foundation honorable mention award in its environment category.

“The Udall nod validates Alyssa’s commitment to the environment and her work toward a career addressing issues on a local, national and global scale,” said April Seehafer, director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program, part of WSU’s Office Undergraduate Education. “Alyssa’s personal and professional accomplishments as a WSU student have prepared her very well for this latest and well-deserved honor.” » More …