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A Message from the Chair 

Dear Friends,

The events of late are no doubt a challenge to all of us and I wanted to offer a few words of support. I am sure that you noticed the GW Alert when you opened our website. The broader GW community is hard at work to ensure our students, staff & faculty are able to carry out their duties and obligations in the best and safest way possible. The Chemistry Department is part of the GW Community and as such, we would like to assure you that we are still here for you as we adopt new systems and practices during the virtual learning period. Please know that we are here to support you in your continued pursuit of higher education. Most staff and faculty are working remotely as we navigate these challenges; therefore, the most efficient method of reaching us is through email at [email protected]. We are online and engaged. Please reach out if you need us.

Stay safe, be well, and keep learning.


Chris Cahill, Chair

Professor of Chemistry and International Affairs


Who We Are

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The GW Department of Chemistry provides a hands-on approach to modern laboratory practices and instrumentation supported by curricula in analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry.

In a collaborative environment where faculty invite mentoring relationships and foster learning and discovery through engaged classroom and research experiences, students graduate with the expertise to pursue careers in academia, professional programs, industry and government.



Reem Al Shabeeb, BS 2017 Chemistry and Biology Double Major

Reem Al Shabeeb

BS '17

"At GW, I learned how to approach the questions, how to be more precise and more patient about research. That’s an experience I’ve never had before. I am contributing to something that is bigger, something that will be there forever."

Our Programs

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Graduate Programs

Find out why our master’s and PhD opportunities are unlike any other.

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Research Opportunities

From first-year students to PhDs and faculty, explore research options at our renowned facilities.


Seminar Series

We welcome visiting speakers on Fridays throughout the school year. Hear chemists from top agencies and research universities as well as GW’s own chemistry graduate students discuss their scientific breakthroughs.


View Upcoming and Past Speaker Events


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