Student Research

student research at GW

Our undergraduate and graduate students work side-by-side with faculty scientists and world-class investigators. No matter which field they explore—science, public policy, social science, the arts and humanities—they take full advantage of the breadth of scholarship across the university. Columbian College students have opportunities to make discoveries in the field under the guidance of their instructors and pursue independent projects through GW's funding initiatives. 

Recent Student Research

Chemistry Student Helps Unlock TB Clues

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.

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

Saving the Bay, One Oyster at a Time

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.

Associate Professor of Molecular Biology Ioannis Eleftherianos works with senior chemistry major Nate Bachtel to study the Zika

In Hunt for Zika Vaccine, Tiny Fruit Fly may be Missing Link

In an SEH biology laboratory, Ioannis Eleftherianos and a team of student researchers are putting the common fruit fly under the microscope in a global race against time to find a Zika virus vaccine.