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Office of Undergraduate Research Awards

Applications for all awards are due annually in early spring with awards made for the following academic year.

Preference will be given to first-time applicants and students early in their academic career. Applicants are not expected to have research experience at the time of application.

Successful applicants will present their research at WSU’s annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (SURCA)*.

Applications are available online starting late in the fall semester. Each submitted application must include a personal statement and a brief description of the intended research, scholarship, or creative activity. One letter of support from the research advisor who will mentor the research during the period of the scholarship will also be required.

*Students graduating in December may still present their research at the spring SURCA, but they will not be eligible for awards. Students who have already left the Pullman area will be asked to submit a report of their accomplishments during the award period in lieu of SURCA presentation.

Portraight photo of Grady & Lillie AuvilAuvil Scholars Fellowship

This award supports research, scholarship, and creative activity for undergraduate students in all majors, all campuses, and at all levels of undergraduate education.

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.


Portraight photo of Scott & Linda CarsonScott 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).


Portraight photo of Charles & DeVliegDeVlieg 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.