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About the Charles Center

Research + Mentorship = Transformative Experiences

Since 1986, the Charles Center has served as a launching pad for undergraduate research, scholars and Honors programs, and a range of collaborative initiatives that cut across disciplinary, programmatic, and departmental boundaries. 

The Charles Center is an incubator for the kinds of applied learning experiences and mentored academic relationships that distinguish William & Mary from other leading research institutions.


Mentored Research

We expand opportunities for students to collaborate with W&M faculty who are leaders in their fields.  Mentored research is woven into the fabric of every Charles Center program. 

Learn how mentored research inspired Jack Boyd '23 to propose a new heritage trail in Williamsburg.


Innovative Internships

We create experiential, research-centered internships that give students opportunities to apply classroom skills to understanding and devising solutions to real problems in real contexts, including museums, nonprofit organizations, and news organizations. 

Learn how an internship changed the career trajectory of Caroline Donovan '23.


Research in Motion

We inspire undergraduate scholars to seek out opportunities to deepen their knowledge and share their research by taking it on the road — through national conferences, seminars, and off-site research. 

Learn how research beyond W&M's campus changed the life of Anna Arnsberger '25 and others.


Study Away

We claim the nation as our classroom through innovative research-based study-away class excursions that connect students with the people, places, and issues they examine in coursework.  Study away takes many forms, ranging from day trips to a local site to multi-day research treks to destinations across the country.

Read more about how one study away program introduces students to global complexity at the U.S.-Mexico border.


Scholars & Honors Programs

We curate inclusive workshops, events, and trainings that cultivate the research acumen and intellectual growth of lifelong scholars, as they begin to prepare for informed, intentional futures beyond W&M.  In addition to overseeing W&M's Honors Program, we manage the Monroe Scholars, WMSURE Scholars, 1693 Scholars, and Sharpe Scholars programs. 

Learn how Raven Pierce '23 is changing the world through research and a passion for education.

Student Spotlight

Our students seek profound experiences beyond the classroom to tackle the world's biggest problems.


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