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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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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 
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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 Vibronic Spectroscopy” on December 3, 2019. He was a student in Professor Khalil’s lab. He has accepted a position in Professor Stephen Leone’s lab at U.C. Berkely/Lawrence Berkely National Laboratory, where he will focus on on developing new multidimensional spectroscopies that use attosecond light pulses in the extreme UV and soft X-ray... 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.
Yang Liu
November 22, 2019
Congratulations to Yang Liu, who defended her Ph.D. work “Structural Elucidation of Biomolecular Ions in the Gas Phase Using Novel Mass Spectrometric and Computational Methods” on November 22, 2019. She was a student in Professor Turecek’s laboratory.
Maike Blakely
November 21, 2019
Congratulations to Maike Blakely, who defended her Ph.D. work “Insights into Dioxygen Activation by Biomimetic Alkyl Thiolate-Ligated Iron Complexes” on November 21, 2019. She was a student in Professor Kovacs’ laboratory and will join Joan Broderick’s lab at Montana State University. There she will focus on elucidating the mechanism of radical generation by the radical SAM superfamily of enzymes.
Kathryn Corp
November 15, 2019
Congratulations to Kathryn Corp, who defended her Ph.D. work “Ultrafast Photochemistry of Heptazine-Based Materials” on November 15, 2019. She was a student in Professor Schlenker’s laboratory. Kathryn is heading down to Berkeley, California to work at Opus 12. Opus 12 is a spin-out from research done at Stanford University and was grown at Cyclotron Road (a business accelerator at Berkeley National Lab). Opus 12 converts CO2 into commodity chemicals – turning pollution and waste into a profit... Read more