From championing religious freedom to dissecting regulatory policy to deciphering quantum computing and mathematical sciences, Columbian College research centers and institutes allow expert scholars alongside talented students to advance ideas and issues across an array of disciplines.
The 2017 cohort of Caminos Al Futuro, a Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute summer program for high-achieving, Latino high school students. (Photo credit: Judy Licht)
Whether their focus is to secure historical legacies or to prepare the next generation of global leaders, the centers and institutes at Columbian College are home to a humanities tradition that emphasizes understanding and interpreting the human world.
- Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. Institute for Religious Freedom
- Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute
- Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project
- First Federal Congress Project
- GW Capitol Archaeological Institute
- GW Confucius Institute
- GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute
- Institute for Immigrants in America
From developing life-saving treatments to unlocking the mysteries of subatomic structures to delving deep into the human brain, Columbian College science institutes are addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time. Advancing the work of world-class researchers—biologists, chemists, physicists, mathematicians—our scholarly centers are at the forefront of scientific discovery.
- Astronomy, Physics, and Statistics Institute of Sciences
- Center for Quantum Computing, Information, Logic & Topology
- GW Institute for Massively Parallel Applications and Computing Technology
- GW Institute for Nuclear Studies
- Institute for Materials Science
- Institute for Mathematical Sciences
- Institute for Reliability and Risk Analysis
- McCormick Genomic and Proteomic Center
- W.M. Keck Institute for Proteomics Technology and Applications
Members of the Astronomy, Physics, and Statistics Institute of Sciences organize scientific meetings and outreach events to promote collaborative, multidisciplinary research and learning.
Students in the Documentary Center’s unique academic program work together to produce documentary films in the final stage of their hands-on curriculum.
At Columbian College, social scientists study the origins of humans, how we have evolved, the way we interact and how we move forward. Scholars at our institutes and research centers—encompassing disciplines as far-reaching as anthropology, economics, political science, psychology
- Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology
- Center for Economic Research
- Center for Innovative Media
- Center for Urban and Environmental Research
- Documentary Center
- Global Media Institute
- GW Mind-Brain Institute
- Institute for Ethnographic Research
- Institute for Public Diplomacy & Global Communication
- Institute for Sustainability Research, Education
- Latino Health Research Center
- Regulatory Studies Center
Making an Impact Across Disciplines
Before FDR delivered his "day of infamy" address, Eleanor Roosevelt reassured an America stunned by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Digitally archived by the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project, the first lady’s speech is preserved for history.
As director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, Bernard Wood is using fossil findings to map branches of the human family tree, shaking up conventional wisdom about our earliest ancestors.
Researchers at the Computational Biology Institute identified a link between microbes (viruses, bacteria