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Undergraduate Research Awards

Applications for all awards are due annually on February 15; successful applicants will receive those awards for the following academic year starting in August. 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 are required to present their research at WSU’s annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (SURCA)*. It is part of WSU Showcase Week, and is held in early spring in Pullman.

Our online application for these awards opens for submissions late in the fall semester. The application requires students to enter personal statements and brief descriptions of intended or current research, scholarship, or creative activity. Once each application is submitted, an email will automatically be sent to each applicant’s specified WSU research mentor requesting a required letter of recommendation. (The student’s mentor is the person who will oversee the research during the period of the scholarship.)

*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 a SURCA presentation.

About the Awards


Auvil Scholars Fellowship

Portraight photo of Grady & Lillie AuvilThis 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.

Hundreds of WSU undergraduates have received funding from this award and become Auvil Fellows.


Scott and Linda Carson Undergraduate Research Excellence Award

Portraight photo of Scott & Linda CarsonThe 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).


Undergraduate Research Awards

A faculty mentor points at a result in an undergraduate researcher's laboratory notebook.Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Undergraduate Research Development Fund, the office can make awards to a wide variety of students pursuing research. These general awards from the Office of Undergraduate Research have supported students across the university for a number of years. In 2020 donations from our generous donors allowed us to double the number of awards being made as well as increase the size of our awards. These awards also help students who otherwise need to work to be able to reduce their work commitments and engage in opportunities like undergraduate research.

If you would like to support undergraduate research please visit our Support Us page, which contains detailed instructions for giving to the fund.


WSU LSAMP Awards

The WSU LSAMP program logo.These are for WSU LSAMP program participants at Pullman who are pursuing a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics discipline. The program serves students who are Native-Alaskan/Native American, African American/Black, Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, and/or two or more races when mixed with any of these previously stated races. Applicants must have an overall 3.0 or higher GPA. Working with a faculty mentor conducting research in a STEM field, they must commit to a full academic year of working on a research project. Recipients are WSU LSAMP Fellows.

To learn more, please consult the WSU LSAMP website, which provides detailed information about these WSU LSAMP Research awards.


DeVlieg Foundation Awards

Portraight photo of Charles & DeVliegThis 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.