Applications in Chemistry

GWU Department of Natural Sciences Prepares Students For Professional Careers in Chemistry or Graduate School Research

Applications in Chemistry

Professors in the Department of Natural Sciences strive to help students develop a strong science background and critical thinking skills by providing meaningful experiences in and out of the classroom.

Students participate in research opportunities using a variety of modern chemical instrumentation and equipment. With funding from a local foundation grant, the department recently acquired several state-of-the-art instruments including a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer, and an ultraviolet-visible spectrometer.

Through the Applications in Chemistry Seminar Series, GWU students also have opportunities to hear from chemistry alumni who are applying skills learned at GWU. Past speakers include:

• Dr. Jeremy Griffin, a 2013 alumnus who is a post-doctoral research associate in chemistry at the University of Utah. He has published several articles in top chemistry journals.

• Dr. Taylor Ferrier who is a resident physician at the University of Toronto.

• Taylor Dodson, 2017 alumna and doctoral candidate at the University of Toledo, who is researching treatments for cystic fibrosis.

In addition to alumni, the department also hosts graduate school representatives to inform students about master’s and doctoral programs. On Nov. 1 at 9:25 a.m., Dr. Carmen Huffman, director of the Master of Science in chemistry program at Western Carolina University (WCU) in Cullowhee, N.C., will present her research on nanoparticles and give an overview of the program. Her presentation is open to the campus and community.

Through these opportunities, the Department of Natural Sciences aims to prepare students for productive professional careers or entry into graduate or professional schools. Balancing an interdisciplinary science foundation, the department maintains allegiance to Christian values, including faith, stewardship, ethics, and social responsibility.

Learn more about the Chemistry program in the Department of Natural Sciences