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

A wild red-bellied lemur in Madagascar

Locating Lemurs: Facial Recognition Tech Tracks Endangered Species

March 08, 2017

The same facial recognition technology used to catch criminals can now track an endangered species—and possibly save it from extinction.

Chemistry Student Helps Unlock TB Clues

March 08, 2017

Once thought to be all but eradicated, tuberculosis has made a tragic come back. Luther Rice Fellow Abby Pepin is working with Chemistry's Cynthia Dowd in an important effort to turn back the TB tide.

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