WSU welcomes sixth cohort to the PNNL-WSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Washington State University Distinguished Graduate Research Program welcomed the sixth cohort of students this fall.

Through the PNNL-WSU DGRP, Ph.D. students will earn a stipend along with benefits, funded by their WSU and PNNL advisors, while working under a prestigious graduate committee on nationally relevant research. The program offers a unique opportunity to tap into the knowledge and world-class research infrastructure available at both institutions.

DGRP students will work with faculty at WSU and scientists at PNNL while completing their graduate coursework and subsequently transfer to PNNL for the remaining years of their doctorate program to gain hands-on research experience with PNNL scientists. Research opportunities include, but are not limited to, radiochemistry; electric power and smart grid; biofuels, bioproducts, and catalysis; and environmental, water and soil science engineering.

The 2022 DGRP cohort

  • Jonathan Evarts, studying materials science and engineering
  • Zach Johnson, studying biological systems engineering
  • Bryn Merrill, studying chemistry
  • Swapnil Sawalkar, studying materials science and engineering
  • Sam Smalley, studying plant biology
  • Kavin Thangaraj, studying chemical engineering.