Distinguished Scholarships Advisory Board
The Distinguished Scholarships Program (DSP) supports highly capable WSU students and alumni from all backgrounds and majors to develop the skills, knowledge, education, and leadership needed to assume their role as future contributors in the state of Washington and beyond. DSP develops students as scholars and adds value to the WSU brand.
The Advisory Board will support the mission of the Distinguished Scholarships Program.
- The Advisory Board provides a sounding board for programmatic and institutional goals as they relate to the DSP.
- The Advisory Board is made up of individuals with diverse roles in the university community. Each member brings a unique perspective to the role of the DSP at WSU.
- Many on the board have supported the DSP on committees and at events. This means the Advisory Board can provide both “boots on the ground” feedback as well as a vision.
Meetings: The Distinguished Scholarships Advisory Board will meet once per semester.
Advisory Board Members
|Todd Butler Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences Associate Professor, Dept. of English
|Cornell Clayton Faculty Representative, The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Director, Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service Distinguished Professor of Government, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs
|Lisa Gloss Associate Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences
|M. Grant Norton Dean, Honors College; Professor, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
|Paul E. Pitre Chancellor, Washington State University Everett
|Mary Sánchez Lanier Faculty Representative, Goldwater and Udall Scholarships; Assistant Vice Provost, Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement; Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences
Distinguished Scholarships Selection Committee
Candidates applying for distinguished scholarships that require university nomination or endorsement, such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Truman and others, must first submit their application to the Distinguished Scholarships Selection Committee. The committee will determine which applications will be selected by WSU for endorsement. When appropriate, students will receive feedback on their applications from the committee.
Selection Committee Members
|Chair M. Grant Norton Dean, Honors College; Professor, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
|Robin Bond Assistant Dean and Clinical Professor, Honors College
|William Kabasenche Clinical Associate Professor, Dept. of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs
|Tahira Probst Professor, Psychology (WSU Vancouver)
Fulbright Campus Review Committee
Ryan Booth Postdoctoral Teaching Associate, Dept. of History
Ryan Booth is a doctoral candidate in history at WSU Vancouver and a History 105 instructor this fall. Ryan spent most of the 2019-2020 academic year in India thanks to the support of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
Kimberly Carper Human Relations Consultant, KC HR Consulting, LLC
Kimberly Carper was a Fulbright teaching assistant in 1991-1992 in the Herault region of France. She was placed in two schools along the Mediterranean, teaching middle schoolers English and American culture. After having spent much of her career in strategic HR positions with Hyatt Hotels, Washington Mutual (now Chase Bank), and Expedia, she now serves as a human resources consultant to small firms that cannot afford a full-time HR employee. She hires the police and fire departments for the City of Pullman and works with individuals on résumés, cover letters, interviewing skills, and other job search techniques. In addition, Ms. Carper has taught in the Carson College of Business and is a frequent guest speaker for the WSU Alumni Association.
Larry Clark Editor and Content Developer, Washington State Magazine
Larry Clark is the editor of the award-winning Washington State Magazine, the alumni, research and general interest magazine for Washington State University. He has additional experience working in public relations, political communication and policy analysis.
Jane Cote Professor Emeritus, Business and Accounting, WSU Vancouver
Bill Davis Interim Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President Associate Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. William “Bill” Davis is the Interim Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement and an Associate Professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences. This is Dr. Davis’ third year serving on the WSU Fulbright Campus Review Committee, in addition, he has participated in multiple sessions designed to help WSU applicants become more competitive as they consider nationally competitive awards.
Deirdre Fahy Scientific Assistant, School of Molecular Biosciences
Elizabeth James Scientific Research Development Manager, Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Holly LaHann Advisor, Distinguished Scholarships Program
Nicholas Lovrich Senior Research Affiliate, Division of Governmental Studies and Services Emeritus Regents Professor, School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs
Dr. Nicholas Lovrich is the Regents Professor Emeritus and Claudius O. and Mary W. Johnson Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University. Dr. Lovrich served as the director of the Division of Governmental Studies and Services for more than three decades. In recent years, he has assisted with multiple interview preparation sessions for WSU distinguished scholar applicants.
Keri McCarthy Professor of Music, Oboe, and Music History; School of Music
Dr. Keri McCarthy is Professor of Oboe and Music History at Washington State University, and has cultivated an international reputation as a chamber musician, soloist, teacher, and clinician. In 2011, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Bangkok, Thailand, researching connections between Thai traditional and contemporary music, commissioning Thai and Malaysian composers, and performing new works with professional oboists in the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore. A tireless advocate for Fulbright programs, Dr. McCarthy serves on the WSU Fulbright Academy, the Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho Fulbright Association Chapter and has participated as a Fulbright Campus Review Committee member for several years.
Kevin Murphy Associate Professor, Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences
Dr. Kevin Murphy is an Associate Professor in the College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences. Dr. Murphy leads the specialty crop breeding and agronomy program at WSU. He was named a Fulbright Specialists Fellow in 2013 and 2017 and was recognized with Fulbright Global Scholar awards to Ecuador in 2019 and to Malawi in 2021. His team focuses on breeding and/or cropping systems in quinoa, barley, and millets. This is Dr. Murphy’s first year serving on the Fulbright Campus Review Committee and we are grateful he is lending his extensive experience with Fulbright programs to our applicants.
Io Palmer Associate Professor: Ceramics Coordinator, Foundations Coordinator; Dept. of Fine Arts
Io Palmer holds a Master of Fine Arts and is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at WSU. In 2018 she was awarded the inaugural Berry Family Distinguished Professorship in Liberal Arts and, in 2019 she spent six months in India as a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award recipient. In addition to conducting research for her Fulbright, she served as a resident artist at the Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi.
Thomas Preston Professor, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs
Dr. Thomas Preston is a C. O. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Washington State University. He received his M.A. at the University of Essex (United Kingdom) and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH). A specialist in security policy, foreign affairs, and political psychology, Professor Preston teaches undergraduate courses on international relations, American foreign policy, U.S. national security policy, and intelligence analysis. At the graduate level, he offers seminars on international security and the psychology of leadership and decision-making. He has received two Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards from the U.S. State Department to New Zealand in 2010 and to Romania in 2020.
Rachel Sanchez Associate Professor, Career Track; Dept. of English
Rachel Sanchez serves as an Associate Professor, Career Track with the WSU Department of English. Ms. Sanchez has taught both composition and technical and professional writing courses. She has worked as a specialist at the Writing Program and has served as a member of the Fulbright Review Committee for five years.
Raymond Sun Associate Professor of History
Dr. Raymond Sun, Associate Professor of History, has a long history of supporting campus-wide Fulbright efforts and the Distinguished Scholarships Program. A Fulbright recipient himself, Dr. Sun serves as the current President of the Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho Fulbright Association Chapter. This is his fourth year serving on the Fulbright Campus Review Committee.
Amy Whitcomb Instructor and Graduate Writing Center Coordinator, WSU Writing Program
Goldwater Scholarship Selection Committee
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for educational expenses to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. The Goldwater Foundation seeks students who display intellectual curiosity and intensity and possess potential for significant future contributions in their chosen field. Accordingly, the Barry Goldwater scholarship committee will nominate up to four students who possess and clearly demonstrate the characteristics of a Goldwater Scholar. The committee provides feedback to the nominated students, as appropriate.
|Chair Mary Sánchez Lanier Faculty Representative, Goldwater and Udall Scholarships; Assistant Vice Provost, Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement; Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences
|Ryan Driskell Assistant Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences
|Dave Evans Professor, School of Biological Sciences
|Rita Fuchs-Lokensgard Director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ADA) Research Program; Professor, Dept. of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience
|Lisa Gloss Associate Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences
|Kathleen (Kate) McAteer Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs (WSU Tri-Cities); Associate Professor (scholarly track), Biological Sciences
|John Schneider Associate Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science