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CCAS Students Share GW Memories

From festivities to milestones, CCAS undergraduate and graduate students recalled their fondest memories as they prepared for upcoming graduation celebrations.

Learning & Discovery

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Hair-Raiser: Primate Fur Teases Human Link

CCAS anthropology researchers combed through fur patterns in wild lemur populations to cut into evolutionary mysteries about the growth of human hair.

Alumni Spotlight

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Alumnus Journey Spotlights Refugees

Amin Arvin Attari, BS ’21, escaped Iran with his family for a new life in the United States. Now an NIH scientist, he sees his story in refugees fleeing conflicts worldwide.


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  • Alexandria Cannon, BA '20 History a young black woman with curly hair in a black shirt

    Alexandria Cannon

    “Most history classes, you are in a discussion room talking about it, but with George Washington and his World, we get to take the class on his estate and relive through what he did.”

    Alexandria Cannon 
    BA '20

  • George Sangiolo BS '18 a young man wearing a gray t-shirt

    George Sangiolo

    "The student body comes from very different backgrounds , and you can always find someone studying something you know nothing about.“

    George Sangiolo 
    BS '18

  • Sarah Wagner, Associate Professor of Anthropology, a women with shoulder length hair wearing a tan jacket

    Sarah Wagner

    "As anthropologists, we go into communities and spend time trying to understand lived experiences. We tell people's stories. And we have an obligation to do it right."

    Sarah Wagner
    Associate Professor of Anthropology

  • Zachary Brown PhD 2027 a white man wearing a black t-shirt

    Zachary Brown

    "I chose GW because of the amazing faculty members in the department. I chose American Studies because of the relative amount of freedom the discipline provides in research."

    Zachary Brown
    PhD '27
    American Studies 

  • Debbie Wheeler, MS '84, a blonde women in a white button down shirt with a black sweater

    Debbie Wheeler

    "That degree has helped me in my entire career and I am still working with the same people I went to college with many years ago. I recommend this college to anyone"

    Debbie Wheeler
    MS '84
    Telecommunications Operations


67 majors, 68 minors | 17 graduate certificates, 52 master's degrees, 24 doctoral degrees


500+ full-time faculty. 5,100 undergraduate students. 2,500 graduate students


82,176 Columbian College alumni living in all 50 states and 120+ countries





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