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Innovative science

Pairing academic rigor with rich research in the nation’s capital



Christopher Cahill



A Message From the Chair

Dear Friends,

I sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy in these trying times. Between COVID-19 and now more recently, the civil unrest across the country, it is indeed a challenging time for us all. Nevertheless, I’d like to remind everyone that the Chemistry Department continues to function and our summer courses are in full swing in virtual learning mode. As of June 8, 2020, we began to ramp up our on-site research activities after a bit of hibernation. Many of us took the opportunity to redefine some of our efforts and to embrace potential computational aspects of our work. Many of our students took some time to get some papers out the door and to refine presentations and the like. So, while we were not in the SEH, we have still been hard at work! And as we look to the fall semester, let me encourage you to visit the Columbian College's COVID-19 website for all of the latest information. Plans are indeed a moving target, yet your friends in Chemistry — faculty, staff and students — are committed to a safe, healthy and productive return to operations, with whatever caveats and accommodation that requires!


Chris Cahill
Chemistry Department Chair

COVID-19 Resources & Updates


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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