Research Week.

2023 Research Excellence Awards

Join us for the annual presentation of Research Excellence Awards and the announcement of the winners of this year’s Research Week funding competitions. These awards are given to recognize outstanding WSU researchers for their unique, successful contributions to WSU’s mission as a land-grant research institution. These researchers have made an impact in their fields, their communities, and at WSU.

RSVP to join us for this event via Zoom to celebrate the hard work of this year’s awardees.


Friday, October 20, 11:00 – 12:00, Lewis Alumni Center Great Hall and via Zoom.

Award Details

The Public Impact award recognizes an individual or team of researchers whose research or creative activities have had a significant scientific, social, cultural, or economic impact or other form of public benefit (locally, nationally, or globally).

The Teams that Build award recognizes a team of researchers whose work has built significant systems of knowledge, pathways to advancement of knowledge, or structures/tools that accelerate knowledge creation in their field/s, disciplines, in the communities in which they work or in a larger societal application.

The Advancing Equity in Research Award recognizes a faculty member or team who has made significant contributions to advancing equity, inclusion, and diversity in their field/s of study or creative practice through a research agenda that embeds equitable relations and frameworks, includes diverse perspectives and participants, and provides inclusive structures or systems.

The Pacesetter Award recognizes a promising junior faculty member, who has made significant contributions to their field or community through leading research, publications, and scholarship that has contributed meaningfully to their field/s, discipline, or community/ies.

The Catalyst Award recognizes a senior faculty member whose research and/or creative practice has sparked long-term, sustainable, beneficial, impactful work across fields/disciplines, communities and or within and through diverse partnerships.

Competition Details

The RA & $10K competition awards a $10,000 seed grant and funding for graduate research assistant for Spring 2024. Awardees are selected based on a written application and a presentation made during Research Week.

Two or three teams or individuals will be awarded $3,000 in funds to use for travel as part of a partnership with a community, industry partner or lab to further their collaborations. They will also receive administrative support from ORAP, IREO and ONLP to initiate contact and/or develop strategic, industrial, community or lab partnerships with desired companies.

Awardees are selected based off of a written application and a short “pitch” made to a panel of judges during Research Week.

Three graduate students will be selected for awards of $500 to use for travel to advance their research, scholarship, and/or creative activities. Awardees are selected based on the merit through written applications.