New, sustainable sources of energy to power future generations.
Innovative programs to create more equitable and just communities.
These are just a few of the many results of the diverse, life-changing research that WSU carries out each day in the effort to fuel prosperity across the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
We’re proud to be one of the nation’s leading research universities. Our faculty and students—at all campuses, research centers, and Extension offices in every Washington county—are encouraged to explore old problems and discover new solutions in the arts, humanities, and sciences.
We’re proud to be one of the nation’s leading research universities.
Student research opportunities
We offer a broad range of research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students in all degree programs. The university provides a variety of research awards to support mentored student research, scholarship, and creative activities.
Undergraduate and graduate students join faculty, along with global partners, in researching infectious diseases that move from animals to humans. WSU is one of the few US research institutions that specifically studies and monitors zoonotic maladies such as coronaviruses, Lyme disease, brucellosis, salmonella, and bubonic plague.
Of the more than $350 million in research funding we receive annually, some $150 million comes from the federal government, with the remainder provided by the state and industry. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are the leading sources of federal funding, awarding WSU about $100 million annually.
Renewable forest materials have spawned an aviation biofuels industry, thanks to WSU research leadership and funding from industry partners like Alaska Airlines.
Facilities and RESEARCH CENTERS
Our nearly 40 specialized research centers, 8 institutes, and 9 laboratories focus on topics ranging from entrepreneurial skills to reproductive biology, social and environmental justice, sleep, and drug addiction. We work hard to ensure our research community has access to the newest scientific equipment and latest research technology.