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Retired Faculty Serving the Future Emeritus Society


The major function of the Society is to enhance the relationship between the University and its emeritus faculty for the benefit of Washington State University’s land grant mission and for the greater welfare of its emeriti. The Society serves as a point of contact between the University and its retired faculty, coordinates the delivery of services to the retired faculty, and provides opportunities for retired faculty to continue their scholarship and service at the University.

Fall 2018 Newsletter

Read the Fall 2018 Newsletter to stay up to date with what our members are continuing to work on, along with ways to connect with the group!

Legacy of Excellence Award

The Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award is given to an outstanding emeritus who contributes to academia, the University, the community and mankind while in retirement. The award is presented annually at the Showcase Retirees Reception in March. To nominate someone for this prestigious award, download the following form: Excellence award nomination form


$500 Scholarships for Undergraduates

The WSU Emeritus Society is pleased to announce the 2019 Excellence in Undergraduate Scholarship and Research Award! Undergraduate students who submit an abstract for SURCA (Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities) are eligible to apply for an Emeritus Society Undergraduate Research Award. This year, the WSU Emeritus Society will grant five awards of $500 for undergraduate achievement, one each in the following areas: arts, humanities and creative activities; physical sciences and mathematics; biosciences; social, economic and behavioral sciences; and engineering and applied science.  Undergraduate-Research-Award-Application-2019 The awards will recognize significant contributions to research and outstanding creative and scholarly achievements by undergraduates.

Note: It is a requirement to submit a project to the 2019 Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) in order to qualify for the Undergraduate Research Award.


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Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award 2019

Dr. Diane Gillespie, Professor Emerita

The 2019 recipient of the Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award is Dr. Diane Gillespie. Gillespie is an internationally recognized scholar and editor of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century British literature, in particular that of modernist-era writer Virginia Woolf. Since her retirement in 2001, Gillespie has remained a major voice in Virginia Woolf studies.

Emeritus Development Fund

Gifts donated to the Emeritus Development Fund will enable the Emeritus Society in reaching our goals to engage and assist with the mission of the university.

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