Undergraduate Admissions & Resources

At the Department of Chemistry, undergraduates can learn from American Chemical Society award winners, work on cutting-edge research in our labs or intern with the Smithsonian Institution. They don’t just live in D.C. — they become a part of the nation’s capital and make a difference in it every day. 

From faculty mentorship and advising to funding and research support, we have the resources you need to make your undergraduate experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Chemistry Department Funding

The department awards annual A.D. Britt, Madeleine Reines Jacobs and Charles R. and Elma M. Naeser scholarships.

Award Details

These $5,000 awards honor outstanding chemistry students by supporting summer research opportunities in one of the department’s laboratories. The department awards at least six of these scholarships each year.

Recipients select an adviser on faculty and then work with them to choose a suitable research goal to be completed during the summer. Students complete a written report describing the results of the project. Note: Students who hold Luther Rice or George Gamow scholarships are not eligible for the monetary award but will be acknowledged.

Criteria for Candidacy
  • Student must be a declared GW chemistry major.
  • Student must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.00.
  • Student must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the sciences.
  • Student must have completed CHEM 2122, 2151, 2152, 2153 and 2154 by the end of the Spring 2022 semester.
  • Students enrolled in the BA/MD program are not eligible.
Application Materials

Submit required materials along with the completed application form.

  • GPA
  • Grades to date in completed chemistry courses
  • Name of an adviser who has agreed to serve as your research mentor

Scholarship Application Form (PDF)


Transfer Students

To transfer credit for a course or exam (AP/IB/A-Level) taken at another institution prior to matriculating at GW: 

  • A maximum of 24 hours of credit may be transferred from AP and/or IB combined. 
  • Students are responsible for sending transcripts from all previous institutions to the Office of the Registrar and all scores on AP, IB or A-Level exams to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for evaluation.

To transfer credit taken at another school while enrolled at GW: 

GW will accept a maximum of nine transfer credits, or three courses, from other institutions. To begin the approval process, file an Undergraduate Transfer Credit Approval Form with the Chemistry Department.

To transfer into the Chemistry Department from another GW school:

Apply for an undergraduate internal transfer through the registrar's office.


GW Undergraduate Student Resources

  • Undergraduate Advising
    Get assistance from your Columbian College academic advisor to navigate declaring a major or minor and other academic support.
  • Academic Commons
    Book peer tutoring or review sessions, research and writing help, step-by-step study strategies, language support and more.
  • GW Libraries
    Explore on-campus libraries and online research databases. 
  • Language Center
    Sign up for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses, practice with language meet-up groups, take a language exam or talk to someone about waiving language requirements.
  • Writing Center
    Make a free appointment to work with a writing consultant on your next project, from the brainstorming phase through drafting and revising.