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Undergrads Increasingly Engaging in Research

“Experience is the teacher of all things” —Julius Caesar

Meghan Cavanaugh (2009) in Liz Allison's lab working on bovine DNA from a Colonial Williamsburg Archaeology StudyCyrus Askins (2011) working with fly eggs in Dr. George Gilchrist's labThis ancient citation emphasizes the importance of learning by doing, which is exactly how William and Mary biology students are learning. Eighty percent of the biology majors in the undergraduate class of 2007 participated in research with a faculty member, or as an internship, during their years at William and Mary. Biological science at the undergraduate level increasingly involves research, and our students have benefited greatly from grants awarded to the college in recent years that fund hands-on research. Three large multi-year grants awarded in the past five years are:

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