Research Conversations

Art Therapy: Healing Through Imagery with Heidi Bardot

Heidi Bardot explains how art therapy has shown promise in helping people cope with the repercussions of trauma.

Human Face of Immigration with Daniel Martínez

Daniel Martinez reveals the often tragic personal stories behind the politics of immigration reform.

Chimps Shine Light on Human Parenting with Carson Murray

Carson Murray discusses her observations of wild chimps and how they shed new light on behavior.

Power of Creative Expression with Dana Tai Soon Burgess

Dana Tai Soon Burgess shares his vision of art-as-diplomacy and thoughts on the arts at Columbian College.

East Meets West in Art with Mika Natif

Mika Natif reveals how elements and images from Renaissance Europe found their way into 17th century Islamic art.

On the Cutting Edge of Innovation with Akos Vertes

Akos Vertes discusses his research and his biggest challenge to date: combating biological and chemical threats.

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Research

$17.2 million in total research expenditures were awarded in fiscal year 2015241 proposals for Arts and Sciences research submitted in the last fiscal year
At the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, we foster discovery and creativity in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. As a premier research facility, students work side-by-side with faculty in labs, classrooms and the field to uncover new questions and answer age-old mysteries.

Our departments are actively engaged in cutting-edge research initiatives, partnering with prestigious institutes and foundations. Through the constant development of theories, the gathering and interpretation of data and the formulation of new techniques of inquiry, our research helps find solutions to real-world concerns.

Recent Research News

Tara Scully and students Diana Kussainova and Hannah Finkel with oyster shells

Saving the Bay, One Oyster at a Time

October 13, 2016

From research on herbicide poisoning to shell conservation efforts for repopulating marine life, Columbian College students are on a mission to revive an ecosystem of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.

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$157 Million in NIH Funding Targets Environmental Influences on Child Health

October 13, 2016

Funded by an NIH award, Psychology’s Jody Ganiban will lead GW’s researchers investigating how environmental factors affect children’s health.

Science and Engineering Hall

The Science of Teamwork

Inside Columbian College's Science and Engineering Hall, cross-disciplinary collaborations and new discoveries are just one experiment—and one elevator ride—away. Learn more.

GW Arts & Sciences Fall Publication