Student Researcher Award Program

General Information

The GPSA has established a Researcher Award program which will assist students to purchase research materials, present their work at national/international conferences, and will support completion of requirements for their degree program. This award will be distributed based on the student’s level of enrollment (master’s or doctoral/professional) as well as field (STEM or non-STEM).

A total of four recipients may be awarded. Two awards at the master’s level (in a STEM and a non-STEM area) and two awards at the doctoral/professional level (in a STEM and a non-STEM area). Doctoral/professional level award winners may receive up to $4,000 in research/conference support. Master’s level award winners may receive up to $2,500 in research/conference support. Additionally, up to two honorable mentions in both category levels may receive a $500 award.

Applications will be open and accepted once per academic year.

Preference will be given to students working on research projects that will be applied to their final thesis/dissertation manuscript.


To qualify for the Student Researcher Award, students must currently be admitted to a degree program and enrolled in a minimum of six credits at the time of award. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, be in good academic standing, and have taken (or have in progress) at least (a) 12 graduate credit hours for master’s students or (b) 24 graduate/professional credit hours for doctoral students upon application submission. Student must not be planning to defend their thesis/dissertation prior to the end of the award year. Credit minimums must be completed upon receiving the award.


The deadline for submission of all application materials is Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (PDT) for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Application & Operating Policy

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