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Director’s Message, Winter 2022-23
Research + Mentorship = Transformative Experiences

Sometimes the most profound forces are described by the simplest of equations.

What we do is simple, but profound. We create mentored research experiences that equip W&M undergraduates to tackle the world’s greatest problems. And we do this by curating life-changing opportunities for our students to collaborate, discover, and cultivate understanding.

How we do it, though, isn’t so simple. It takes a passionate and nimble team on our end and the partnership of dozens of donors, hundreds of faculty mentors, and thousands of students and alumni to make it all work.

Together, we direct more than $1M annually to students conducting innovative research alongside mentors who are leaders in their fields. As a result, 1 in 5 W&M undergraduates benefits from Charles Center programs.

2022 has been an extraordinary year. As we look forward to new and expanded initiatives in 2023, we are immensely grateful for the opportunity to convene a community of scholars—from emergent to senior—committed to collaboration, intellectual cross-pollination, and excellence.

We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you.
Elizabeth Harbron, Director

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