WSU-PNNL Distinguished Graduate Research Program welcomes seventh cohort

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Washington State University Distinguished Graduate Research Program (DGRP) welcomed its seventh cohort of students this fall semester. WSU and PNNL research leadership as well as the students’ advisors will formally celebrate the new cohort at an event later this month.

The DGRP offers a unique opportunity to tap into the knowledge and world-class research infrastructure available at both institutions. Students within the program 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.

The DGRP has students from WSU graduate programs representing the existing and emerging areas of collaboration within PNNL’s core capability areas of: nuclear science and materials, engineering, resilient electric power grid, bioenergy and bioproducts, chemical and materials science, biological and earth systems science, computer science, and other emerging areas.

The 2023 DGRP cohort

Khalil Cherif, studying civil engineering
Conor Faulhaber, studying biological and agricultural engineering
Ben McCornack, studying electrical and computer engineering
Zhiyu Qi, studying chemical engineering
Austin Vezina, studying chemistry
Charlotte Wertz, studying electrical and computer engineering