The Sciences at American University


Tuesdays, 3-5 p.m., Battelle Atrium
Science Hours
February 8, 7 p.m., Katzen Arts Center
Lecture: Citizen Science and the Flint Water Crisis
February 23
Optics Olympiad
March 22, 7 p.m.
Bishop McCabe Lecture:
Sandra Cauffman, Deputy Director,
Earth Sciences Division, NASA
March 31 (date subject to change)
Robin Rafferty Mathias Research Conference
April 6 — April 8
National Science and Engineering Festival

Why a Master's?


Science graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

What's Happening in Science at AU

Gates Scholars pose with Fanta Aw

Student Life ·

Gates Scholars Raise the Bar

Gates Millennium Scholarship recipients share their experiences with the program and their time at AU.
Full Story

DC’s Woodson STEM High School students at AU working in a computer lab

Science ·

AU Teaches DC High School Students Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fundamentals

AU brought students from DC’s Woodson STEM High School to campus, giving them an introduction to product development, innovation, and customer discovery.
Full Story

smiling physics students working with circuits, circuit boards and batteries in a lab

Science ·

Why We Love Physics

How do you define your passion? We asked students in the AU physics program to share how they discovered their passion for exploring the universe and what they hope to do with their degree.
Full Story

Credit cards

Research ·

Debt Matters: Women Use Credit to Bridge Income Gaps, While Men Are Less Cautious

When it comes to attitudes about money, gender makes a difference in matters of debt, a new study by Economics Professor Mary Hansen finds.
Full Story

Brittany Williams

Alumni ·

Talking Game Design with Brittany Williams

Brittany Williams (SOC/MA '17) is a game designer for the Wilson Center’s Serious Games Initiative.
Full Story

Student in SIS building, in front of hallway and doors.

Achievements ·

First Generation, Next Generation: Yami Payano Organizes and Connects

The AUSG president is a winner of AU’s inaugural MLK Service Award.
Full Story

Sandra Cauffman addresses students in Katzen classroom

Science ·

From Adversity to Outer Space

On March 22, Sandra Cauffman, NASA Earth Science Division Deputy Director, visited AU to share her inspiring story of perseverance, from her childhood in Costa Rica, to her rise through the ranks of NASA.
Full Story

Jessie Rios works on her digital musical invention, the GramFX.

Arts ·

Audio Tech's Jassie Rios Takes Second in International Musical Instrument Competition

Audio Technology master's student's project GramFX nabs award in the annual Gutham Musical Instrument Competition.
Full Story

Grad student Linda Amarante seated next to a microscope and wearing a white lab coat. She is researching the brain’s frontal cortex and its role in reward-based decision-making with food.

Science ·

Softball and the Brain: Grad Student’s Sport Made Her Think About Choices

Linda Amarante is earning her PhD in behavior, cognition, and neuroscience.
Full Story

Diane Kim, Maile Young, Shyheim Snead, Laurel Booth, and Abhishek Patel

Achievements ·

AU Wins Prize at National Academy of Medicine Case Competition

Developed solutions for mitigating effects of lead poisoning for children.
Full Story