The Monroe Scholar project advisor has several roles. Your advisor will:
- Work with the you on drafting the the project proposal. In approving the proposal, your advisor is ensuring that you are proposing a sound research project and appropriate final product according to discipline standards. Your advisor will take into consideration the strength of the application, the feasibility of the research project, and the qualifications you bring to the project.
- Work with you on the Project Update form. Your advisor will go over with you any changes you wish to make to the project and submit the form.
- Evaluate your final product. You will meet with your Monroe project advisor early in the fall following your project. During this meeting, you will discuss your project, your process and the final research product. After this meeting, your advisor will complete an online evaluation of the project's success in relation to the overall goals of the Monroe Scholarship and the goals you set out in your proposal.
- Monroe project advisors are not required to work with you over the summer during your actual research. Of course, some do - particularly those in the sciences if you are working in their lab.
Finding an Advisor
Any William & Mary faculty member may advise Monroe Scholars. However, if your research involves human subjects and requires Student IRB approval, the person who serves as the PI on your protocol must be a full-time W&M faculty member.
You should find the advisor best qualified in the field of your research. This is not always going to be a faculty member you've had in class before. To find an advisor, go to the website of the department that houses your proposed area of research and look at the pages of the faculty in that department. If their areas of research are listed, look for one whose research interests match well with your project. If not, email a professor who you know or the head of the department to ask for advice on which professor you should talk to about your proposed research. After these steps, if you still need help finding or choosing an advisor, feel free to come talk to a Peer Scholarship Advisor.