The Association for Faculty Women’s Outstanding Graduate Student Awards recognize exceptional performance in academics, teaching and mentoring, and service and outreach, as well as leadership qualities and professional potential. A full description of the awards is here: while a full description of award winners is here: Congratulations to this year’s awardees!


The Harriett B. Rigas Award: Xinyue Dong, Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Nominator and Advisor: Zhenjia Wang.



AFW Founders’ Award:  Ashley Quast, Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences. Nominator: Squeak Meisel. Advisor: Reza Safavi.



AFW Founders’ Award:  Julian Ankney, English, College of Arts and Sciences. Nominator and Advisor: Debbie Lee.




The Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award: Lindsay Lightner, Teaching and Learning, College of Education. Nominator: Judith Morrison. Advisor: Andy Cavagnetto.




The Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award: Shandeigh Berry, Nursing, College of Nursing. Nominator: Roschelle Fritz. Advisor: Gail O’Neal.




We appreciate the 2020 generous support of:

  • Bryan Slinker, Provost and Executive Vice President
  • Mel Netzhammer, Chancellor of the WSU Vancouver Campus
  • Matthew Jockers, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Bruce Pinkleton, Dean of the Edward Morrow College of Communication
  • Robert H. Mealey, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine
  • John Tomkowiak, Dean of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
  • Mike Trevisan, Dean of the College of Education
  • Chris Keane, Vice President for Research