Award Information


Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study that leads to a research based master’s or doctoral degree in STEM or STEM education.


For a complete list of eligibility requirements, please consult section IV of the program solicitation on the NSF GRFP website. In general, students should:

  • Be U.S. citizens.
  • Be prepared to show demonstrated potential of significant achievements in science and engineering research.
  • Be an undergraduate senior or post-baccalaureate, before beginning graduate training, or they may apply once as a graduate student; either in the first or second year of graduate school.
  • Be pursuing graduate study that leads to research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in STEM or STEM education.


The NSF GRFP deadline depends on the field of study proposed in your application, but is generally in mid-October. Check section V.C of the program solicitation for the exact deadline associated with each field of study.


To prepare to submit an application, students should:

  1. Read through the entire program solicitation for the NSF GRFP.
  2. Carefully review the goals and eligibility criteria of the NSF GRFP.
  3. You will need at least three, and up to five, reference letters. These will be from individuals who can address your potential for contributing to a globally-engaged United States science and engineering workforce.
    • Letters should address the NSF Merit Review Criteria of Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts (see the Reference Letters heading under section V.A of the program solicitation).
    • Reference letter writers should also be prepared to address your academic potential and prior research experiences, as well as your proposed research.
    • Make sure your reference letter writers are familiar with the reference letter requirements, tips, and frequently asked questions pages of the NSF GRFP website.
    • Be aware that reference letters must be submitted electronically through the NSF FastLane system.
  4. Engage in undergraduate research at the earliest possible time. (Your first year at WSU is not too early!) To learn more about undergraduate research, visit the website for Office of Undergraduate Research. You may also take advantage of their undergraduate research peer mentoring program to discuss the research process with a mentor who is an expert in undergraduate research.
  5. Seek every opportunity to present or publish your research, or in some way expand your research portfolio. Present every spring at SURCA. Apply for summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs or other competitive summer research programs.
  6. Maintain a high GPA particularly in your major.
  7. Schedule a meeting with the Director of Distinguished Scholarships Program or attend one of the prestigious fellowship workshops presented by the WSU Graduate School.

Past Recipients

Year OfferedFirst (& Middle) NameLast NameField of Study
2024SonjaSargent SparksMechanical Engineering
2023SabrinaHaneyAnimal Sciences
2023ZoeTemplinElectrical Engineering (WSU Vancouver)
2023ChristinaWebsterChemical Engineering
2021Kimberlee FrancesHughesMechanical Engineering
2021Kara LeaBrownPsychology
2020MarcBeerEvolutionary Biology
2020RebekahGaxiolaEcology (WSU Vancouver)
2019Jacob MatthewWoodburySTEM Education and Learning Research - Science Education
2018Kevin ThomasEstelleMechanical Engineering
2018Tyler T.FoutyCivil Engineering
2017Jake TravisGrayChemical Engineering
2017Avery AnneLaneBiological Anthropology
2017Lindsey MarieLavayssePsychology
2017Jenny MarieVossChemical Catalysis
2016Gregory BrandonCollingeChemical Theory
2016Cameron JayHohimerMechanical Engineering
2016Travis WadeKingEcology
2016Vanessa JaneRoseEnvironmental Biology
2016Joseph M.TaylorEcology
2015Jessamyn BrooksDahmenComputer Science
2015Lori BrookePhillipsArchaeology
2015Kellie TaylorWallGeochemistry
2014Elias HarrisonBloomEcology
2014Nicole CatherineClarkCell Biology
2014Elizabeth RuthDuenwaldPhysiology
2014Kari AnnGaitherGeochemistry
2014AaronOgdenMolecular Plant Science
2014Kimberly ScottRiganoCell Biology
2014Iva JovanovicTewsSystems Engineering
2014Darin JamesWeedMicrobiology
2013Emily JeanCoxPhysiology
2013Stacy JenineMauzeyMicrobiology
2012Julian JonReyesBiogeochemistry
2011Kaori LynnGraybealBioengineering
2011SvetlanaLockwoodComputer Sciences
2010Ronald KyleBocinskyArchaeology
2010Stefani AllisonCrabtreeArchaeology
2010Alan JosephEmanuelNeurosciences
2010Rebecca AnneMartinEnvironmental Sciences
2009Samuel M.GortonAgricultural Engineering
2009Bryan C.WigginsChemistry
2007Amanda J.FoustNeurosciences
2005Katie A.BlomsterElectrical Engineering
2005Jeremy R.EgbertZoology
2003Peter JosephBevelacquaElectrical Engineering
2003Laura JeanneRehmkeGeography
2002Ethan ClarkGarnerCell Biology
2002Rebecca LynnPowellElectrical Engineering
2001Stephanie LouiseGanttChemistry
2000Miki LynnYamamotoPlant Pathology
1996John JasonWyrickBiochemistry
1994Mary B.WyerSociology
1993Julie B.KerrMathematical Sciences
1990Carrie AliceWebberEconomics
1988Thor DaneOsbornBioengineering
1986Brent ArnoldBanisterMathematical Sciences
1985James HenryLorenzen
1980Sylvia C.DarrBotany
1974Jeffrey BooneMiller
1973Walter L.AndersonFish and Wildlife
1972Kelly R.OkeefeChemistry
1970Marshall L.CatesMathematical Sciences
1970Denny C.DavisAgricultural Engineering
1969Arlo M.MurrayPolitical Science
1968Fredrick M.Ives
1966Eugene A.Fitzpatrick
1962Cliff L.LloydEconomics
1958John F.EisenbergEcology
1957Howard L.LatimerGenetics
1955Belva K.ClementGeology
1954George W.LeCompte
1954Robert A.OlsenMicrobiology
1953Paul A.JohnsonChemical Engineering
1952James S.ColemanChemistry