Washington State University’s program in viticulture and enology is multi-disciplinary and addresses every aspect of the grape and wine industry.
We encourage prospective graduate students to explore areas of research that interest you, and to directly contact faculty members whose interests coincide with your own. We refer you to the following Web sites for more information, while at the faculty page you’ll find researchers whose work has benefited the Washington wine industry.
- Biological Systems Engineering
- Crop and Soil Sciences
- Food Science
- Molecular Plant Science
- Plant Pathology
With a statewide focus, WSU’s commitment to the wine industry is reflected in the fact that our faculty and research facilities are also located across the state. WSU Pullman and WSU Tri-Cities are focal points for viticultural and enological education at WSU, with research and extension centers located in Prosser, in the state’s wine country, and Wenatchee, a locus of small- and tree-fruit production and research.
WSU wine scientists have built the largest research winery in the Pacific Northwest at the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (IAREC) in Prosser. A new Wine Science Center is scheduled to open in 2015 at the WSU Tri-Cities campus.
Click here to learn more about research being conducted by V&E faculty.
Financing Your Graduate Education
You may be able to at least partially support your graduate education with a scholarship or research assistantship. Research assistantships are often funded from a faculty member’s grant, so it’s important for you to contact faculty who share your interests.
Scholarships are awarded through your home department. Once you’ve been accepted by the WSU Graduate School, contact your home department for more information. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is typically January 31.
Assistantships, Fellowships, and Postdoctoral Opportunities
Graduate research assistantships are awarded every semester based on the needs and the availability of funds by each individual faculty member. Please see our faculty directory to contact a faculty member whose research area best matches your own academic and research interests, and to inquire about the possibility of a research assistantship.