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Graduate Programs

Welcome to the UW Department of Chemistry! Please review the pages below for information about our degree programs, research opportunities, and resources to support graduate students. We hear from our students that our expansive research facilities and accessible faculty contribute to an excellent graduate experience. If you need financial assistance to help you realize your dreams, financial support is available. If you are serious about pursuing your graduate education with us, please review the admissions section.

Graduate Program News

Brandi Cossairt speaks with Munira Khalil (whose back is toward the camera); both are wearing academic regalia
September 12, 2022
by Brandi Cossairt and Diana Knight The Department of Chemistry has been known to be a welcoming place with a collegial atmosphere and collaborative environment where interdisciplinary research can thrive. Our mission is to create new chemical knowledge and prepare the next generation of scientists in a safe and inclusive environment. We invite you to read a brief history of our continuing journey in the DEI space. Creating a Committee When Professor Emeritus Paul Hopkins was chair, he... Read more
Diversity, Inclusion, Equity
July 12, 2022
In the Department of Chemistry, we believe that diversity and inclusivity are integral to excellence and acknowledge that important work is being done by our students and postdoctoral researchers in this space. It is a pleasure to announce the inaugural recipients of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Awards, selected by the Chemistry Diversity and Equity Steering Committee in spring 2022. These awards of $500 were... Read more
Ashleigh Theberge
June 22, 2022
The human body is constantly reacting to an ever-changing environment. Negative events often elicit a stress response, such as the immune system arming itself to fight off infection or inflammation due to a traumatic event. Whatever the cause, the response can be complex and multi-faceted as collections of genes are turned on or off via a process known as transcriptional regulation, and the effects are often transient. Attempting to track a whole set of important transcriptional changes... Read more
Four people gathered at a table with study materials and laptops
June 16, 2022
Spring 2020 was the first full quarter of what was quickly dubbed “Zoom University.” As we remember all too well, schools and businesses were closed to fight the COVID-19 virus. Ashley Dostie, a doctoral candidate in the research group of Assistant Professor Ashleigh Theberge, was assigned as a teaching assistant to two courses that quarter—Principles of Chemistry III (CHEM 221) and Meso and Microfluidics in Chemical Analysis (CHEM 425/525). Principles of Chemistry III “can be a challenging... Read more
Madison Monahan stands between her mentors Brandi Cossairt and Jim De Yoreo in front of a banner that reads "Doctor in the House"
June 14, 2022
Jim De Yoreo’s career full of insights about materials will continue at the Energy Sciences Center First published by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 6/13/2022by Beth Mundy, '20, PNNL Scientists who study materials can be divided into three categories. “You have people who make things, people who make things do things, and people who try to understand why things do what they do,” said ... Read more
Jason Fontana wearing glasses
June 6, 2022
Jason Fontana earned his Ph.D. in molecular engineering in 2020 under the guidance of chemical engineering professor James Carothers, and chemistry professor Jesse Zalatan. His work with fellow UW alum David Sparkman-Yager is featured in Unlocking Biotechnology with RNA, May 17, 2022, by the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute.
June 2, 2022
Congratulations to the students in the Department of Chemistry who were awarded 2022 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, and to the five graduate students who received honorable mentions. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. NSF Graduate... Read more
Stock image of a trophy
May 20, 2022
The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce the following prizes for outstanding work by graduate students. PH.D. IN CHEMISTRY PROGRAM These awards, in their inaugural year, recognize doctoral research and carry a $1,000 prize which were disbursed in spring 2022. They were funded by departmental fellowships and endowed funds established by philanthropic support of the Department of Chemistry by faculty, friends, and alumni. Niels H. Andersen Prize for Best Thesis in Organic Chemistry... Read more
Chemistry Study Center
April 29, 2022
The Department of Chemistry's Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award recognizes special contributions by graduate students in undergraduate education. Congratulations to our recipients of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for 2021: Madeline Currie, Mercie Hodges, Dylan Rogers, Devin Rollins, and Sahiti Shankar! Congratulations to Ashley Dostie, the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for 2020! Madeline Currie is a second-year graduate student in the... Read more
Chantelle Leveille dressed in regalia
March 31, 2022
Congratulations to Chantelle Leveille, who defended her Ph.D. work “Phase separation in yeast vacuole membranes” on February 4, 2022. Chantelle was a student in Professor Sarah Keller’s research group specializing in live cell microscopy and image analysis. She has accepted a position with The Allen Institute for Cell Sciences!