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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

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
Headshot of Theresa Gozzo wearing glasses and smiling at the camera
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
PhD graduates dressed in UW regalia sit in a row at the commencement celebration for the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
June 30, 2023
Jump to MSACST Degrees DOCTORAL DEGREES AWARDED Summer 2022, Autumn 2022, Winter 2023, and Spring 2023 Mark Boyer, PhD ChemistryMethodologies for Solving the Vibrational Schroedinger Equation(Professor Anne McCoy) Emily Cliff, PhD ChemistryCRISPR-Cas Tools for Engineering Genome Structure and Gene Expression(Associate... Read more
Hang Hu
June 22, 2023
Congratulations to Hang Hu, who defended his Ph.D. work “Towards Practical Multi-Reference Configuration Interactions Methods and Applications” on May 30, 2023. Hang was a student in Professor Xiaosong Li’s research group and a PhD student in Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute. He has accepted a position with Google, where he will focus on Software Engineering to solve networking problems for running high-performance computing and machine learning... Read more
Emily in a tam and her pet dog dressed in doctoral robes.
June 21, 2023
Congratulations to Emily Cliff, who defended her Ph.D. work “CRISPR-Cas Tools for Engineering Genome Structure and Gene Expression” on May 26, 2023. Emily was a student in Professor Jesse Zalatan’s research group where she developed CRISPR-based tools to study the impact of 3D genome structure on gene expression and developed a system of genetic logic gates in yeast. She plans to take the summer to travel before pursuing an industry... Read more
Emma loads a battery for testing.
June 20, 2023
Congratulations to Emma Cave, who defended her Ph.D. work “Ions and Interfaces: Probing Fundamental Dynamics of Lithium-Ion Batteries” on June 6th, 2023. Emma was a student in Professor Cody Schlenker’s research group specializing in studying interfacial processes in lithium-ion batteries using spectroscopy and electrochemistry. She has accepted a position with Group14 Technologies.