STEM Initiatives

Students Jennifer B Lee, Hannah Yi, and Samantha Starr work on organic chemistry using one of the many writable surfaces in the Science and Engineering Hall.

Students Jennifer B Lee, Hannah Yi, and Samantha Starr work on organic chemistry using one of the many writable surfaces in the Science and Engineering Hall.

In order to be competitive in today’s global marketplace, the United States needs exponentially more professionals in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). At the George Washington University, we are answering this call by prioritizing cross-disciplinary teaching and research through new facilities and programs designed to emphasize collaboration in the STEM fields.

In particular, we support STEM through:

  • The new Science and Engineering Hall, featuring cutting-edge design and collaborative labs and workspaces, and
  • GWTeach, a new STEM teacher preparation program that provides future instructors with the deep content knowledge and applied pedagogy needed to be secondary STEM teachers in their chosen fields

Advancing Research

GWTeach is helping to give students the support they need to teach in the STEM fields.


GWTeach is a collaborative university-wide effort that combines a bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline, teacher training, and field work to give teachers the training and mentored K-12 school experiences they need to effectively teach STEM subjects in the classroom.

Learn more about GWTeach

Hands on learning in one of GW's chemistry labs.

Promoting Undergraduate Research

The Center for Undergraduate Research assists students in attaining research positions in all disciplines across the university. These positions deepen the educational experience, offer faculty mentorship, and develop future employment experience. Even small gifts can help a student researcher expand their knowledge in their chosen field.

Support undergraduate research

The Science and Engineering Hall

Science and Engineering Hall

With state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities, the Science and Engineering Hall (SEH) is place where engineers and computer scientists work alongside chemists and physicists, mining the space between disciplines for answers to society’s big questions. The SEH epitomizes GW’s investment in research infrastructure and facilities that enable innovative research and teaching. With these new facilities, GW researchers are poised to expand the depth and breadth of human knowledge.

Supporting research at SEH


Unique Student Experiences

Philanthropy Spotlight - STEM

Jeffrey Akman (r) and Steven Mazzola.

Former SMHS Dean Jeffrey Akman Makes $3.5 Million Bequest to Fund Student Research

Akman Innovation Fund awards “venture capital” grants to inaugural cohort.
Emma Cieslik, an MA student in the GW Museum Studies program, prepares an equestrian textile from the Brick Freedman Collection

Textile Art Collection and New Endowment Gifts Expand Experiential Learning Opportunities

Valued at nearly $5 million, donations from former trustees of The Textile Museum elevate GW as an international center for scholarship and appreciation of textiles as global cultural heritage.

Timothy McCaffrey (l) and Ulvi M. Kasimov tour Dr. McCaffery’s lab where he is developing a RNA-based diagnostic device.

$1 Million Gift to SMHS Research Seeks to Accelerate Deployment of Faster, More Accurate COVID-19 Test

GW parents Ulvi and Reykhan Kasimov hope philanthropic support will help stem the tide of the pandemic by developing better detection tools.

GW Making HIstory Highlights

Making History Highlights - Science

From new centers of research to new experiences for GW students, research saw a boost during Making History.

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