Student Research

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.


Undergraduate Research Funding & Opportunities

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.

Not sure where to start? Check out the options listed on this page, and read our guide to finding undergraduate research opportunities.

 

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Gavin Derleth
 
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"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."

Gavin Derleth
BA '20, Geography & Political Science


Funding Opportunities for Graduate & Postdoctoral Research

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.

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.

Spotlights on Student Research

 

 

History doctoral candidate and U.S. Marine veteran A.J. Cade. (Photo William Atkins)

History Restored: The Untold Story of Black Civil War Soldiers

History PhD candidate and Marine vet A.J. Cade was inspired by a forgotten Civil War regiment of all-Black soldiers. Now, he’s bringing their legacy to life.

Junior American Studies major Noor Jehan Ansari discussed the experiences of Muslim students at the Interrogating GW conference. (Photos: William Atkins).

Interrogating the Past: Students Reveal GW History

In his American Studies capstone course, Tom Guglielmo asks students to train a critical eye on GW’s legacy—from Civil War archives to on-campus activism.

Justin Grady guarding a soccer goal

Eyes on the Prize: Student Stars in Soccer and Psychology

Whether in the lab or in the net, psychology major and soccer goalkeeper Justin Grady uses his study of visual cognition to see what others may miss.