We're called the College of William & Mary, but we're actually a university. Part of what makes us a university is that we make more than our share of a university's contributions to the creation of knowledge—otherwise known as research and scholarship.
Our research culture places an emphasis on quality, selectivity and innovation. Our size fosters both collaboration and efficiency. We're big enough to contribute effectively to many of the solutions of problems at national and global levels, yet small enough to keep overhead costs from ballooning.
The scale of our research operation is ideal for the development of collaborations. Because of our size—and because of the complexity of the problems we address—we've developed a model of working based upon teamwork and collaboration. Interdisciplinary, interdepartmental and inter-institutional partnerships are a hallmark of our philosophy.
Our collaborative philosophy extends to the involvement of undergraduates in research at the highest levels. It's quite common at William & Mary to find projects on which professors, post-docs, graduate students and undergraduates all work together—great illustrations of our research.
How to get involved in research at William & Mary
As a partner or collaborator
We encourage you to contact any researcher, department or program directly. You can get a good overview of what’s going on by reading Ideation, our research magazine and by browsing web pages of our programs. Some good contacts for potential partners/collaborators:
- Dennis Manos, Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Professional Studies
- Julie Summs '92, Director of Economic Development and Business Innovation
- Jason McDevitt, Director of Technology Transfer
As a graduate student
Grad students should pursue research opportunities from within their own departments, but there is a large amount of helpful information on the web, including this rundown of funding sources.
As an undergraduate student
Research opportunities for undergrads are plentiful, but many projects get filled. Here's some advice:
- Ask! If you know a professor who is doing research (and most of them are), ask to get involved.
- Remember, you can do research outside your major.
- Check out the opportunities available through the Roy R. Charles Center.