Graduate Research


Raju Timsina, a graduate TA in physics, uses the SEH biophysics lab.

Raju Timsina, a graduate RA in physics, uses the biophysics lab in GW's Science and Engineering Hall.

Whether they work alongside faculty in the lab or pursue research opportunities at local institutions, graduate students develop advanced expertise in a field of their choice. They contribute to scholarly research, win awards for their dissertations and present their findings at conferences across the country.

For students interested in theoretical, experimental, observational and applied physics, the department’s connections to national and international laboratories around Washington, D.C., and Virginia provide hands-on training and original research opportunities.


Research Areas

Research topics at the graduate level include experimental and theoretical nuclear physics, experimental and theoretical biophysics, and high-energy astrophysics. Whatever the focus area, students perform research in a collaborative environment in our laboratories in Corcoran Hall and in Science and Engineering Hall



Graduate Students in Action

A map showing the connectivity of the online hate multiverse. Malicious COVID-19 content exploits the pathways between social me

Malicious Content Exploits Path Ways between Online Platforms

A new study led by GW researchers demonstrates how harmful content spreads through the online “hate multiverse” across popular platforms.
Professor Chryssa Kouveliotou

GW Physics Professor Awarded Shaw Prize in Astronomy

Chryssa Kouveliotou received international recognition for her contributions to the understanding of magnetars, a class of highly magnetized neutron stars.

N253 Localization

NASA Missions Unmask Magnetar Eruptions in Nearby Galaxies

A team of GW magnetar experts was part of the international collaboration that analyzed data from space- and ground-based observatories.
Chandra X-ray Observatory

Graduate Students Presenting

Astrophysics graduate students (Steven Chen, Brendan O'Connor, Hui Yang) gave talks at the Chandra Frontiers in Time-Domain Science 2020.  

The Geminga pulsar in space.

A 'Tail' of Two Pulsars

Not all pulsars rocketing through space are alike. Using NASA images, PhD candidate Noel Klingler and a team of other researchers are discovering why some stars shine with different lights.