William and Mary is grateful for the generous support that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has provided to undergraduate initiatives. This has included a number of substantial grants in recent years.
1) The College's program in Environmental Science and Policy was started with funding from the Mellon Foundation in 2002.
2) The Center for Geospatial Analysis was launched with Foundation funds in 2008.
3) The Environmental Science and Policy postdoc program was initiated with Mellon funding, also in 2008.
4) Integrating Undergraduate Research Across the Curriculum at The College of William and Mary (2007-2009). This grant has had two core objectives: to move undergraduate research into the curriculum, and to move it across the curriculum, into the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Over the three-year period, the grant supported 36 curriculum development projects in the humanities, 27 in the social sciences, and 18 in the sciences and mathematics.
5) Undergraduate Research in Global Studies: Three FacultyPositions that will Institutionalize Undergraduate Research and Faculty Collaboration Across Five Global Studies Programs (2011-2015). This grant will seed three faculty positions that will embed undergraduate research curricula in Global Studies fields.
6) Bridged Retirements: A Strategy for Perpetual Faculty and Curriculum renewal in the Humanities at the College of William and Mary (funded March, 2012). This grant will fund perpetual bridge funding for three tenure-eligible positions in humanities/arts departments. The dean will use “pre-replacements” of anticipated retirements to energize departments and bring their research and teaching into alignment with evolving College objectives.
7) The Implementation of The College of William and Mary’s New Liberal Arts General Education Curriculum (funded June, 2014). After a two-year deliberation process the William and Mary faculty adopted a new general education curriculum in December, 2013. This grant will help accelerate the implementation of this new curriculum by funding an ambitious curriculum development initiative and providing bridge funding for several key instructional and administrative positions.
8) Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence (funded June, 2017). The goal of this grant is to significantly improve the academic experience of three groups – first-generation college students, and students from lower-income and historically under-represented groups. While we remain concerned about the GPAs and graduation rates of these students, the specific concern we focus on in this project is the significant under-participation of these students in the undergraduate research opportunities that have become a signature element of a William & Mary undergraduate education. This grant will support a five-year project within WMSURE to increase the participation of students from these groups in faculty-mentored research in the arts, humanities, and interpretive social sciences