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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

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February 18, 2021
Ian Kretzler, a Ph.D. anthropology graduate, and Samson Jenekhe, professor of chemical engineering and chemistry, have been recently awarded honors.Featured on UW News 
Alshakim Nelson
November 3, 2020
The Department of Chemistry congratulates Associate Professor Alshakim (Al) Nelson on his new role as Director of Education for the University of Washington's Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute.  Al will lead the Molecular Engineering Ph.D. Program and oversee a faculty committee responsible for the program’s curriculum, admissions, and oversight of students.... Read more
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August 31, 2020
The National Science Foundation has awarded $3 million to establish a NSF Research Traineeship at the UW for graduate students in quantum information science and technology, or QIST.Featured on UW News 
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May 28, 2020
As COVID-19 has forced education out of classrooms and onto the internet, UW clean energy “ambassadors” (who teach to K-12 students) are also making the shift to remote teaching.Featured on Geekwire 
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May 1, 2020
A team of researchers including Samantha Phan, chemistry doctoral student, has shown that Pacific Oysters are not as polluted with microplastics as believed in the past.Featured on UW News
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April 10, 2020
Congratulations to the graduate students in the Department of Chemistry who were awarded 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, and to the 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... Read more
Ted Cohen holding perosvskite nanocrystal samples
February 21, 2020
Q&A with Molecular Engineering Ph.D. student Ted Cohen, published in the Winter 2020 Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute newsletter Ted Cohen is a 4th year molecular engineering Ph.D. student co-advised by Professor of Chemistry Daniel Gamelin and Professors of Materials Science & Engineering ... Read more
Emily Rabe
February 4, 2020
Story by Nancy Joseph, College of Arts & Sciences Emily Rabe loves puzzles. In high school, she and her best friend happily spent their Friday nights with jigsaw puzzles and a half-gallon of ice cream. Rabe’s father built her a custom puzzle board to take to college in Minnesota, which she later brought to Seattle as a UW graduate student. Now Rabe is immersed in a puzzle of a different sort through her chemistry research. “Instead of a thousand tangible puzzle pieces, I have... Read more
James Gaynor
December 3, 2019
Congratulations to James Gaynor, who defended his Ph.D. work “Correlated Electronic and Vibrational Motion: A Direct Perspective Through Multidimensional Electronic-Vibrational Spectroscopy” on December 3, 2019. He was a student in Professor Khalil’s lab. He has accepted a position with Professors Stephen Leone and Daniel Neumark at UC Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he will focus on developing new multidimensional spectroscopies that use attosecond light pulses in the... Read more
Jeffrey Buenaflor
November 22, 2019
Congratulations to Jeffrey Buenaflor , who defended his Ph.D. work “Designing nickel- and palladium-based precatalysts to improve catalyst-transfer polymerization towards conjugated polymer synthesis” on November 22, 2019. He was a student in Professor Luscombe’s lab.