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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

May 26, 2023
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 2023 recipients of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Awards, selected by the Chemistry Diversity and Equity Steering Committee. These awards of $500 were supported by the... Read more
May 19, 2023
Congratulations to the graduate students in the Department of Chemistry who were awarded 2023 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, and to the students and alumni 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... Read more
Caitlin Cain holds a wooden plaque for her CACA Student Excellence Award. She is wearing a sweater with black and white horizontal stripes and black jeans. She is standing outside in front of a short brick wall and shrubbery.
April 27, 2023
Graduate student Caitlin Cain was presented with the 2023 Student Excellence Award from the Chinese American Chromatography Association at the Pittcon Conference and Exhibition in Philadelphia, March 18-22, 2023. Caitlin works with Professor Robert Synovec on advancing instrumental and... Read more
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April 6, 2023
Congratulations to Grant Ochoa, who defended his Ph.D. work “Development of chemometric methodologies for supervised class-based discovery experiments using GC×GC-TOFMS: application to aerospace fuel analysis” on April 4, 2023. Grant was a student in Robert Synovec's research group where he toiled away at chemometric data analysis. He has accepted a position with Human Breath Atlas, where he will focus on developing chemometric methods for the... Read more
Kyle doing research at the Advanced Photon Source
March 22, 2023
Congratulations to Kyle Kluherz, who defended his Ph.D. work “Structural investigations of ytterbium dopant sites and elpasolite nanocrystal structure” on March 9, 2023. Kyle was a student in Professor Daniel Gamelin’s and Jim De Yoreo's research groups and worked at UW, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the Advanced Photon Source for his dissertation research. He has accepted a postdoctoral... Read more
Marcus Woodworth wears a beard and a blue collared shirt with woods in the background.
March 21, 2023
Congratulations to Marcus Woodworth, who defended his Ph.D. work “Multiplexed, Single-Cell Profiling of Chromatin States with Expansion Microscopy” on February 24, 2023. Marcus was a student in Professor Joshua Vaughan’s research group, where he worked for six and a half years developing new... Read more
Tim holds up a balloon saying “congratulations”, a bouquet of flowers, and a mug with “Dr. Trinklein” written on it while wearing a party hat.
March 15, 2023
Way to go! On February 22, 2023, Tim Trinklein defended his thesis titled “Development of theory, instrumentation, and chemometric data analysis tools for comprehensive two- and three-dimensional gas chromatography." Tim was student in Robert Synovec’s lab where he cut his teeth in fundamental analytical chemistry. Next, Tim will be joining Jonathan Sweedler’s group at the University of... Read more
Ben Zercher stands at a lectern at the side of a projection screen displaying his title slide.
March 13, 2023
Congratulations to Ben Zercher, who defended his Ph.D. work “Characterizing Proteins with Native Mass Spectrometry and Multidimensional Ion Mobility” in early March 2023. Ben was a student in Associate Professor Matt Bush’s research group. He has accepted a position as a management consultant with Qral Group, a management consulting firm that helps commercial entities in pharma and biotech solve business challenges.
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December 16, 2022
Congratulations to Yue Liu, who defended her Ph.D. work "Generation and Action Spectroscopy of Gaseous DNA Cation Radicals" on November 17, 2022. Yue was a student in Professor František Tureček's research group and studied DNA radicals that are responsible for DNA damage with tandem mass spectrometry and theoretical calculations. She has accepted a software engineer position with Google.