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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

Photo of Yue Liu
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.
Ricardo Rivera-Maldonado
November 30, 2022
Chemistry graduate student Ricardo Rivera-Maldonado and co-worker Miguel González Montijo developed a bilingual English/Spanish climate science fact sheet, for which the Clean Energy Institute awarded them the Clean Energy Outreach & Service Award on May 26, 2022. The fact sheet "aims to empower K-12 students to discuss climate change and clean energy with their families and communities" and... Read more
Pink lilies
November 16, 2022
How did Sarah Keller's group make a brief detour from investigating micron-scale phase separation in lipid membranes to analyzing time-lapse movies of blooming lilies? In a blog post for the Biophysical Society, Professor Sarah Keller provides the context behind the work that was published in the June 21, 2022 issue of Biophysical Journal titled "... Read more
Jenn Wong sits at a booth with green plants hanging behind her.
October 24, 2022
Congratulations to Jitkanya (Jenn) Wong, who defended her Ph.D. work “The Design of Functional Ion Gels and Hydrogels for Additive Manufacturing of Devices and Composites” on October 7, 2022. Jenn was a student in Al Nelson’s research group and studied soft materials for 3D printing of sensors and actuators. She has accepted a senior process engineer position at NoiseFigure Research, where she will be doing VR technology materials development for Meta Reality Labs.
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October 12, 2022
What will our recent graduates be doing when they leave the UW? We look forward to expanding this page quarter by quarter! Content will be added on this page as students graduate, so check back periodically! Last update: 10/13/2022 Progyateg Chakma, Ph.D. is going to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for a position as a postdoctoral research associate. Progyateg conducted postdoctoral training with Prof. Matt Golder from August 2020 through January 2023. Peter... Read more
Brandi Cossairt speaks with Munira Khalil (whose back is toward the camera); both are wearing academic regalia
September 12, 2022
Updated on November 28, 2022 – 11:35 am(This article is based on a report written by the Diversity and Equity Steering Committee in Academic Year 2021-22.) 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... Read more
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September 12, 2022
Jump to MSACST Degrees DOCTORAL DEGREES AWARDED Summer 2021, Autumn 2021, Winter 2022, and Spring 2022 Todd Johnathan Anderson, PhD Chemistry New Microfabricated Tools for Electrochemical Imaging and Sensing (Professor Bo Zhang) Ryan Beck, PhD Chemistry Examination of Defect-Induced Properties in Nanomaterial Systems (Professor Xiaosong Li) Janna Leala Berman, PhD Chemistry New... Read more
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September 12, 2022
A year in review of honors and achievements by UW Chemistry graduate students. Jump to University and External Awards Excellence in Chemistry Graduate Awards These fellowships were awarded in Autumn 2021 and are funded by various donor-supported gift funds as indicated by each awardee’s name. Fernando Banales Mejia, Boris and Barbara L. Weinstein Endowed Graduate Fellowship in ChemistryCrystal Chung... Read more
Alexis Mills wearing glasses smiling at the camera
August 22, 2022
Congratulations to Alexis W. Mills, who defended her Ph.D. work “Modeling the Energetic Landscape of Transition Metal Complexes via Electronic Structure Theory and Chemically-Informed Artificial Intelligence Methodologies” on August 16, 2022. Alexis was a student in Professor Xiaosong Li’s research group and developed artificial intelligence algorithms supplemented by electronic structure theory. She has since accepted a position with Microsoft as a Machine Learning Engineer II, where she will... 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