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Student Sustainability Research Awards


Students, apply for an award for your sustainability research!

Each year students have the opportunity to recieve one of two $500 awards for outsanding sustainability-focused research. The two winners will be selected by a subcommittee of the WSU Faculty Senate Environmental Initiatives Committee.

Eligible submissions include any research project involving some primary research completed during the 2022 calendar year or in Spring semester 2023 in the area of sustainability. Students who completed projects in conjunction with faculty research may apply but the role and work of the student(s) must be clearly explained. Students who graduated in December 2022 are eligible to apply.

Sustainability research is research and scholarship that explicitly addresses the concept of sustainability, furthers our understanding of the interdependence of ecological and social/economic systems, or has a primary and explicit focus on a major sustainability challenge (such as those identified in the UN Sustainable Development Goals).

Submissions will be judged on the following:

  • The link to sustainability, expansively defined;
  • the generation of new content or knowledge for sustainability;
  • the research approach, including creativity/originality; and
  • the impact (practical or scholarly).

The awards are presented by the WSU Alumni Association and the Sustainability Practices and Research Center (SPARC) to recognize exceptional, completed Student Sustainability Research Projects.

For consideration, the form below must be completed, with all supporting  documents attached, including a brief letter from the faculty advisor/mentor/co-researcher, by April 1, 2023.

If you have questions, please email the review committee chair, Dr. Shellee Dyer,, who serves on the Environmental Initiatives Committee.


Please be sure to include all information requested on the submission form and any supporting documentation  — missing information may result in the disqualification of a submission.  
If the student research project is a part of a class project or a part of a joint faculty-student project, then the student submission must include a brief (one-page) letter from the faculty of support which explains:
a) the nature, significance and originality of the student's research,
b) the anticipated timeline for completion of the research (if not completed at the time of submission), and
c) the extent of the student's contribution.

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