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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

A scientist in a lab coat, goggles, and gloves working at a fume hood.
January 23, 2024
Accelerating the adoption of a clean energy future requires scholars who have both deep disciplinary expertise and a worldview and skill set that are broader than is typically provided by traditional graduate degrees. To meet this need, the University of Washington’s Clean Energy Institute (UW CEI) is delighted to announce the establishment of the Graduate Certificate in Clean Energy... Read more
Headshot of Vlada Olkhovych
January 11, 2024
As a bright student growing up in Ukraine, Vlada Olkhovych was driven to succeed by her mother, Alla.   “She was a single mother, and she didn’t have a college degree,” Vlada said. “Growing up, she always pushed me to get a good education, a good job, to have a better life than she had. She was a big inspiration for me.”  When it came time to pick an undergraduate major at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Vlada chose chemistry. A curious person, she loved how broad the subject was,... Read more
Ben sailing on Lake Union.
December 13, 2023
Congratulations to Ben Poulter, who defended his Ph.D. work "Understanding Valence and Core d-d Correlations on Ground and Excited States of Solvated Ruthenium Complexes with Novel X-ray Spectroscopies" on December 6, 2023. Ben was a student in Professor Munira Khalil's research group and worked using time-resolved X-ray spectroscopy to investigate excited state mixed valency. He has accepted a position with Amy Cordones-Hahn and Kelly Gaffney at the Stanford PULSE Institute where he will... Read more
James Baumann poses in the lab
December 8, 2023
Congratulations to James E. Baumann, who defended his Ph.D. work “Copper Boryl Heterobimetallic Complexes in the Copper-Catalyzed Hydrofunctionalization of Alkynes and Alkenyl Boronate Esters” on December 4, 2023. James was a student in Professor Gojko Lalic’s research group and worked on the development of novel reactions leveraging copper hydride catalysis. He has accepted a position with the Medicinal Chemistry Knowledge Center at Stanford University as a medicinal chemistry postdoctoral... Read more
Three people sit at a table with a "cabbage chemistry" demonstration.
September 21, 2023
Featured Student Organization: Inclusion in the Chemical Sciences by Michaela Gustaitis, graduate student Inclusion in Chemical Sciences (InCS) had an exciting and eventful Academic Year 2022-23! As an organization, we hosted and attended numerous outreach and social events and had a great time engaging with different members of the community.Every summer, InCS organizes a mentorship network where incoming first-year PhD students are paired... Read more
Ice stands beside a projection screen displaying an illustration titled "PhD-mon: Team Rocket  Pikachus" depicting the research groups of Zalatan and Carothers as Pokemon.
September 14, 2023
Congratulations to Cholpisit Ice Kiattisewee, who defended his Ph.D. work “Model-driven DBTL cycle acceleration with broad-host-range bacterial CRISPRa/i circuits” on July 18, 2023. Ice was an adjunct student from the Molecular Engineering and Sciences program working in the research groups of Professors Jesse Zalatan and James Carothers (Chemical Engineering) where he developed CRISPR gene... Read more
Headshot of Tammi van Neel at graduation
August 15, 2023
Congratulations to Tammi van Neel, who defended her Ph.D. work “Expanding the Bioanalytical Toolbox for Cell Signaling and the Envrionment” on June 15, 2023.  Tammi was a student in Professor Ashleigh Theberge's research group and developed user-friendly tools and techniques to study cell signaling and environmental impacts on human health. She has accepted a position with the National Center for Advancing... Read more
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July 12, 2023
Congratulations to Theresa Gozzo who was honored for her achievements in teaching, mentoring, and public service with an Excellence in Teaching Award at the 2023 Awards of Excellence ceremony on June 8. The Excellence in Teaching Award is among the highest teaching recognition at the University of Washington. Gozzo’s primary goal is to create more productive and positive learning experiences by establishing a classroom where students spend less time struggling alone. In this positive... Read more
Three students stand side by side wearing yellow leis.
July 5, 2023
Six years ago, in 2017, UW’s Molecular Engineering Materials Center was awarded $16 million to forge “new materials-research frontiers through team-based development of novel electronic and photonic materials relevant to future high-tech applications.” MEM-C is one of only nineteen Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) nationwide and is funded by the National Science Foundation (DMR-1719797). Led by UW Chemistry Professors Daniel Gamelin and Xiaosong Li, MEM-C is driven by... Read more
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June 30, 2023
A year in review of honors and achievements by UW Chemistry graduate students. Jump to Prizes for Best Ph.D. ThesisJump to Prizes for M.S. Research and ThesisJump to Merit AwardsJump to University and External Awards Excellence in Chemistry Graduate Awards These fellowships were awarded in Autumn 2022 and are funded by various donor-supported gift funds as indicated below each awardee’s name.... Read more