The Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering has become eligible for participation in Achievement Rewards for College Sciences (ARCS) Foundation fellowship program, a nationally acclaimed fellowship program.
ARCS Foundation, founded in 1958, aims to address the growing need for US scientists and engineers by offering doctoral fellowships to students pursuing science, engineering and medical research. By becoming eligible for this program, the Voiland School becomes more competitive in being able to recruit top graduate students.
“WSU Chemical Engineering program was selected in recognition of the high quality Ph.D. education conducted by the faculty of the Voiland School, and their ability to attract and educate the best students from around the nation,” said James Petersen, the director of the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering.
During the past five years, the Voiland School has seen dramatic growth in its program with increases in its number of graduate students and in research support. Focused research areas in the school include chemical and biological catalysis for clean energy, protein engineering, and engineering education.
The school has also seen an 18-point increase in the US News and World Report’s Best Engineering Schools ranking. Additionally, WSU’s School of Chemical Engineering recently received a top 10 ranking from Shaw Lesser of Sustainable World Capital. The list included MIT, UC Berkeley and at number 10, WSU.
Nancy Magnuson, the interim vice president of research and dean of the graduate school, attributes the program’s growth to a recent change in leadership and the generous donation from alumni Gene and Linda Voiland.
“As a result, sponsored research funding and PhD student numbers are dramatically rising and the chemical engineering program is gaining in prominence,” wrote Magnuson in a cover letter for the proposal submitted to the foundation.
Other WSU graduate programs in the College of Veterinary Medicine and CAHNRS are also eligible for Seattle Chapter, ARCS fellowships.
“We are pleased to be counted among WSU’s most highly recognized graduate programs,” Petersen said.