Since the Office of Undergraduate Research began in 2006, hundreds of WSU undergraduate students participating in mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities—collectively known as research—have received financial support for their work from the following awards.
This fund was created by a 2006 gift from the estates of Grady and Lillie Auvil, Wenatchee tree-fruit entrepreneurs. Grady Auvil believed in the importance of education and research. He was instrumental in establishing the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission in 1968, and his work introduced many new fruits and innovations beneficial to growers. Throughout his life, he and his wife contributed generously to the WSU community, and this fund serves as a continuation of that legacy.
More than 200 WSU undergraduates have received funding from this award and become Auvil Fellows.
Scott and Linda Carson Undergraduate Research Excellence Award
The Scott and Linda Carson Undergraduate Research Endowed Excellence Fund was created in 2013 by the Carsons, WSU alumni who have supported the university generously with their service and financial gifts. Recipients of awards from this endowment are known as Carson Fellows. The Carson Fund is the first university-wide undergraduate research fund that gives preference to recipients who are upper-division students (juniors and seniors).
DeVlieg Foundation Awards
This award was established by the DeVlieg foundation, a private foundation and tax-exempt charity, to support sophomore or junior students in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture who are pursuing research in the area of renewable energy. Students must have a GPA of 3.0. Recipients are DeVlieg Fellows.
Norma C. Fuentes and Gary M. Kirk Undergraduate Research Award
These awards were created in 2012 by Norma C. Fuentes and Gary M. Kirk, members of the Office of Undergraduate Education Campaign Steering Committee. The Award for Excellence is given to a small number of select participants in the annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA). The Undergraduate Research Award supports students pursing research with a mentor and recipients are Fuentes-Kirk Fellows; only the Undergraduate Research Award is eligible to students who apply for an award from the Office of Undergraduate Research.