Scholarships and Fellowships



Peter A. Zornes Memorial Scholarship


The Peter A. Zornes Memorial Neuroscience Scholarship seeks to honor and remember its namesake, encourage the development of well-rounded individuals, and through its recipients continue the work Peter felt was so incredibly important. Awardees represent the values Peter espoused: academic integrity, strong support of original yet ethical research, community service, diversity of interests, and continuing personal evolution and growth.

Neuroscience Endowed Scholarship

Each year, the WSU Program in neuroscience offers academic scholarships to undergraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence and an interest in neuroscience.  Scholarships are intended for students who are certified majors, neuroscience advisees, and prospective incoming transfer and freshman neuroscience advisees.


Panksepp Scholarship


The Jaak Panksepp Memorial Fund was established to support students with a passion for animal well-being and to memorialize one of the college's most esteemed faculty members.

Dr. Panksepp’s internationally recognized work has focused on the nature of the basic emotional systems of the mammalian brain, with the most recent work devoted to analyzing the brain mechanisms that mediate separation distress and social bonding. His discovery of the nature of social joy by studying the psychobiological controls of juvenile playfulness and the accompanying laughter-type sounds has redefined many of the current models of animal emotion understanding. Panksepp joined the WSU faculty in 2006 after retiring from Bowling Green State University where he worked since 1972. At WSU he held the Bernice Gilman Baily and Joseph Baily Endowed Chair in Animal Well-Being Science.

Poncin Fellowship

These awards are intended to aid worthy and ambitious young people who are engaged in medical research at any recognized institution of learning within the State of Washington. The Poncin Fellowship Fund is a medical research scholarship trust created by the will of Cora May Poncin. An excerpt from page 5 of the Poncin will states: 

“I desire to aid worthy and ambitious young people who are engaged in medical research and to that end I direct my trustee to make scholarships available to people engaged in medical research in connection with, or as a part of, any recognized institution of learning within the state of Washington. I direct that the scholarships be available to meritorious people qualifying as provided in this paragraph. My preference is to assist people who are doing advanced medical research and who have an M.D. degree.” 

Research Assistantship for Diverse Scholars (RADS)

The Research Assistantships for Diverse Scholars (RADS) are intended to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for U.S. students from underrepresented/ underserved communities and to increase graduate student diversity in our degree programs and Washington State University. The RADS awards are funded through a partnership of the Graduate School and the department/program of the prospective student. Priority is given to students who have participated in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, or similar graduate education preparation programs.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Scholarship

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines. This is a $2,000 award ($1,000 each year for 2 years from the Graduate School and $1,000 matched each year by the college or department).

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS)

In 1999, Washington State University Graduate School was designated as an ARCS recipient school. The first ARCS Fellowships were awarded to the College of Veterinary Medicine through the Seattle Chapter of ARCS. The Seattle Chapter is one of twelve chapters of the ARCS Foundation which has supported graduate education in the natural sciences, medicine and engineering.

Frederickson Travel Award

The Frederickson Family Neuroscience Fellowship has been established by the Frederickson family in honor of their son Eric, a WSU student who suffered a traumatic brain injury in an unfortunate car accident. The intent of the award is to support neuroscience graduate students in pursuit of their studies. Because presenting original research findings at a national or international conference can be one of the most transformative elements in the education of a graduate student, the Frederickson Family Neuroscience Fellowship has been designed to support students in this facet of their education.