Graduate Research


GW Chemistry graduate student from the Voutchkova group using an NMR machine to check the compound of a sampleGraduate students use GW's nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) machine to find the chemical composition of samples.


Because of our location, access and partnerships with the nation’s top think tanks and research laboratories, our graduate students have numerous opportunities to engage in meaningful research. Students collaborate not only with faculty within the Department of Chemistry but are also with colleagues in GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences and School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Whatever path our students choose, be it health care, the environment, chemical and nuclear threats, plant biochemistry or clean energy, they delve into the most exciting scientific questions of today.


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Graduate Research in Action

GW Student MS E&GC Dee (Darean) Bague presents to participating faculty, government and industry stakeholders

Environmental and Green Chemistry Students Present to Key Industry Stakeholders

Undergraduate and graduate students from the Chemical Toxicology and Safer Chemical Design course presented their final projects to key stakeholders in the D.C. area, including the Environmental Protection Agency, American Chemistry Council, Natural Resources Defense Council and ACS Green Chemistry Institute.
Professor Cynthia Dowd in the lab

Targeting Tuberculosis and Malaria

With the help of a team of graduate and undergraduate students and a $2.6 million NIH grant, Associate Professor of Chemistry Cynthia Dowd's team is conducting research on techniques for treating malaria and tuberculosis. Students on her team assist with the small molecule design and chemical synthesis required to identify enzyme inhibitors as possible medications.