Student Research

 

Fellowships and research initiatives

 

No matter which field they explore — science, public policy, social science, the arts or the humanities — our undergraduate and graduate students work side-by-side with world-class scientists and investigators to push the boundaries of innovation.

Fellowships and research initiatives allow students to follow their academic curiosity, whether under the guidance of faculty mentors or pursuing independent projects.

 


Gavin Derleth

Gavin Derleth

BA '20, Geography & Political Science

"As I became more interested in urban geography in my classes, it was no longer something I felt I could ignore, and so I jumped at the chance to research its implications further."


Student Research Opportunities

2 students in a chemistry research lab

 

Undergraduate and graduate students can use Student Research Commons to find research positions and other opportunities across disciplines. The website connects students with paid research positions, fellowships, databases of scholarships and funding opportunities, research internships and other for-credit or experiential opportunities.

 

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Spotlights on Student Research

Photo of bare tree trunks in field

Ghosts of the Coast: Artists and Scientists Bring ‘Ghost Forests’ to Life

Biology’s Keryn Gedan and her student researchers joined artists and scientists on Virginia’s Eastern Shore to draw attention to “ghost forests,” eerie indicators of climate change along the Chesapeake Bay.
Mourners gather wearing masks and holding "Mourning into Unity" flags, with the Washington Monument visible in the background

New Mourning: How COVID Is Altering the Way We Grieve

From Zoom funerals to socially distanced memorials, the coronavirus has transformed end-of-life rituals. Anthropology professors and students are examining the new ways we say goodbye.

 


Undergraduate Research Fellowships & Awards

Luther Rice Fellow Abby Pepin, BS '17, working in a lab with Associate Professor of Chemistry Cynthia Dowd.

Luther Rice Fellowship

Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowships support Columbian College undergraduates involved in faculty-mentored research projects on topics as varied as devising new treatments for diabetes, examining the ancient roots of religious conflicts and overcoming barriers to higher education around the world.

3 geography students conduct field research

GW Research Award

The GW Undergraduate Research Award gives promising undergraduates the opportunity to engage in well-defined research projects, under the guidance of a faculty member in their field of study, to hone their investigative skills and prepare them for graduate and professional school challenges.

Female Camino student looking through a microscope in a lab

Cisneros Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The Cisneros Undergraduate Research Fellowship supports outstanding undergraduate students who are conducting faculty-supervised research on an issue facing Latinos/Hispanics or the Latino/Hispanic Community, including community action, evaluation and intervention projects.

Senior Mackenzie White showcased her study of Medieval meteorology at GW Research Days.

Sigelman Undergraduate Research Enhancement (SURE) Awards

Funded by an endowment from GW Professors Carol and Lee Sigelman, the SURE Awards support the scientific, scholarly and artistic activities of students in all GW undergraduate programs, including the humanities, the arts, science and engineering, business and public health.

 


Funding Opportunities for Graduate & Postdoctoral Research

PhD Student Giovanni Angelini teaches a Physics class

CCAS Dean's Graduate Instructorship

The CCAS Dean’s Graduate Instructorship offers exceptional PhD candidates the unique experience of designing and teaching their own undergraduate seminars in their areas of expertise, while also obtaining financial support for their dissertation research.

George Gamow

The Gamow Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Named after George Gamow, a renowned GW theoretical physicist and early proponent of the Big Bang Theory, the Gamow Postdoctoral Fellowship Program promotes student-faculty research collaborations while addressing the need for greater diversity in the nation’s science community.