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Summer on the James: Geology student dives deep into field research

As COVID-19 spread across Virginia and the United States during the summer, geology student Terri Zach ‘21 took social distancing recommendations more seriously than most as she pursued an undergraduate research project in the isolated depths of rural Virginia, taking with her just a research adviser, a face mask, a notepad and an eagerness for discovery.

Definitive Edition Lab: An Experiment in Collaborative Humanities

When COVID-19 upended the spring 2020 semester, all classes had to transition to online coursework in just a few weeks, and research collaborations between faculty and students were thrown into doubt. Fortunately, four students working with English Professor Melanie Dawson were able to translate their passions in class into a summer research opportunity by creating a ‘definitive edition’ of Edith Wharton’s novel The Mother’s Recompense.

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Despite COVID, some undergraduate researchers able to carry out hybrid projects

Since the middle of the spring semester, safety protocols related to COVID-19 have imposed severe restrictions on lab access at William & Mary, rendering many research initiatives remote. Fortunately, some exceptionally dedicated scholars — Naya Burrow ‘23, Michelle Yue ‘23 and Jasmine Whelan ‘22 — found ways to optimize their research time this summer, commuting to their labs once it was deemed safe, while also producing high-quality research from home.

Gracie Patten’s fashion research sews together history, status of early 20th century women

Many Americans celebrated the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage in late August, which commemorated 100 years since the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified and women secured their right to vote nationwide. Thanks to a freshman Monroe Scholar summer research grant from the Charles Center, Gracie Patten ‘23 went beyond just celebrating the milestone this summer, delving into a little-known aspect of American womanhood in the waning months of World War One preceding suffrage’s passage

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Seven W&M alumni selected to receive Fulbright Scholarships

The seven alumni are among more than 2,100 U.S. citizens who received the Fulbright U.S. Student Program award in 2020. The prestigious award provides students the funding they need to study, research and teach abroad.

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Honors Fellow travels to ‘no-man’s land’ to study arctic governance

Luke Campopiano ’20 received an Honors Fellowship to explore the role non-state actors play in claiming terra nullius - also known as “no man’s land,” or territory that does not belong to any country. He published his findings in an article for The Arctic Institute, a multidisciplinary network of researchers who seek to shape international policy for the Arctic.

William & Mary alum wins Schwarzman Scholarship to pursue Master’s degree in China

A William & Mary alum has earned an international graduate fellowship and will join rising leaders from around the world for a year of study in China. Zhaoning Johnson Liu ’18 was named a Schwarzman Scholar and will pursue a master’s degree in global affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He will enroll in the one-year program at Tsinghua’s Schwarzman College beginning in the fall of 2020.

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Student researchers showcase projects at Fall Symposium

William & Mary students create new knowledge every day. On Oct. 25 more than 140 W&M student researchers – representing over 30 majors – packed Swem Library to put their new knowledge on display. The occasion was the Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium, the Charles Center’s annual celebration of mentored student research.

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Eight weeks in Asia: W&M students get real world experience a world away

Twenty William & Mary students departed for internships in Asia this summer through the Freeman Intern Fellowship Program. They returned with souvenirs in their suitcase, professional work experience on their resume and a better understanding of the career path in their future. The Freeman Intern Fellowship program places undergraduates in structured summer internship opportunities throughout East Asia. Locations include Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore, Seoul, the Philippines, and many more. Each student receives around $5,000 to defray living and travel expenses.

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W&M to offer Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Studies

William & Mary will begin offering a Japanese Studies major this fall, becoming the only public university in the state to offer a bachelor’s degree in the discipline.

Students Learn Political Science On the Ground

Government Professor Sean Burns: “Tunisia is the birthplace of the Arab Spring, and the one Arab Spring country that has successfully transitioned to democracy."