Living in the Wenatchee Area
Wenatchee is the gateway to the outdoor wonderland of North Central Washington. Located at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee Rivers, it’s just a short distance from the mountains (12 miles to Mission Ridge Ski Area). The region offers year-round recreational opportunities, including hiking, biking, skiing, water activities, parks, and recreational clubs. The climate features cool winters with some snow and hot summers with days above 100°F, as well as beautiful fall days. Annual precipitation is just over 9 inches, with most falling from November to February.
The Wenatchee Valley area boasts a “small town” feel with growing urban amenities, including excellent public transportation, diverse restaurants, a Performing Arts Center, breweries, wineries, and the famous Apple Blossom Festival.
Recent developments have expanded housing options, including waterfront developments and new apartment buildings within half a mile of TFREC. TFREC also offers on-campus residences for students.
Work and Life at TFREC
Graduate students spend considerable time with their lab groups at TFREC but also have opportunities to interact with students and personnel from other labs. While the TFREC campus may lack some amenities of the Pullman campus, it provides excellent opportunities for collaborative studies, real-world research, and outreach experiences with the tree fruit industry.
We offer state-of-the-art virtual classrooms, extensive laboratory equipment, and a premier research orchard. Graduate students share office spaces, participate in the WSU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), and have access to professional development opportunities, such as seminars and social activities.
Students frequently present their research and engage with the community, even having the chance to share their passion for science with prospective undergraduate visitors. TFREC graduate students have even interacted with Members of Congress and other VIPs to discuss their research and professional ambitions. Thanks to the generous donations of the Hambelton and Hoyt families, graduate students (and some post-docs) working with TFREC faculty are eligible for scholarship and fellowship support for professional development activities.