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Student Sustainability Research Awards

Each year the WSU Alumni Association and the Sustainability Practices and Research Center (SPARC) each provide a $500 award to recognize exceptional, completed Student Sustainability Research Projects. 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 2019 calendar year or in Spring semester 2020 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.

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).

For consideration, the form below must be completed, and all submission documents/information must be emailed to Dr. Matt Gnagey,, Environmental Initiatives Committee, by March 1 of each year.

Please carefully read the following submission guidelines prior to submitting- missing information may result in the disqualification of a submission.

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