William & Mary Honors Fellowships support students conducting research for department Honors projects. Students may receive up to a $4,000 summer grant to enable the student to conduct 10 full-time weeks of pre-Honors research. Students are eligible to apply for additional funding to support their research during the academic year. Summer housing is not available for 2021 due to university COVID polices. Students should talk with their faculty advisor about the possibility of on-campus research without housing.
The Honors Fellowship Website
The Honors Fellowship Give Campus website (active exclusively for Honors Fellowships March through early April) allows multiple donors to view student research projects and provides an opportunity to support projects like the ones available on the website. The Charles Center is able to fund 70+ Honors Fellowships each year because of the generous support of our donors. For that reason, we want to give donors a real feel for student research projects and why you are passionate about it. The site will feature videos and images that will give donors this personalized appreciation for students behind the research projects.
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All students who have been approved to conduct Department Honors in the 2021-2022 academic year are eligible to apply for W&M Honors Fellowships. Please see the Guidelines and Planning page for Arts & Sciences eligibility rules and check with your Honors advisor, department chair or program director applicable rules.
How to Apply
- The first step is to discuss your research project idea with your William & Mary faculty project advisor. Make sure they know that they will be writing a letter of recommendation for you, mentoring your research, following your blog, and helping you with your presentation at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
- Access the online application by clicking this link and create an account using your email.wm.edu address. Select the appropriate application from the drop-down menu.
- Charles Center Summer Research Grant ($3000 for seven weeks of research) and Charles Center Honors Fellowship ($4000 for ten weeks of research) applications are due by February 14, 2021. Note: students submitting Honors Fellowship applications are automatically considered for Charles Center Summer Research Grants and should not apply to both.
What Materials Do I Need?
The project proposal questions will be answered within the online application via Embark.
Note: This proposal must be written by the student. However, we do encourage project advisors to read it and make constructive comments.
The personal statement will be entered as a response to a prompt within the online application via Embark.
NOTE: This is for the online application. Honors Fellows are also required to submit photos and submit an additional video as noted below.
It's important that you can explain your project to a non-specialist audience in your own words. We want to give you a chance to do this in a non-written format. Please explain your project succinctly in a short video using your phone. Include your research question, why it's important to you and how you plan to answer the question. (1 minute video maximum; this isn't supposed to be a professional video, unedited cell phone video quality is fine.) Please use this an opportunity to enlighten us more about your project; do not simply read your proposal.
Upload an unofficial (from Banner self-service), William & Mary transcript, including 2021 spring registration.
A recommendation letter is required from the William & Mary faculty member who has agreed to be your Project Advisor. You must meet to discuss your proposal with the project advisor before registering them in the system. When you enter the faculty member's name and email into the Embark application system, they will get a prompt to submit a letter on your behalf. Please do this before your application deadline, so they have enough time to complete & submit the letter.
The letter of recommendation is due two days after your application deadline and must be received in order for your proposal to be considered for funding. You are responsible for checking online whether the letter has been submitted by the letter of recommendation deadline.
Application to Honors
To apply for an Honors Fellowship your Honors project must first be approved by your Honors advisor and the head of the appropriate department / program. The Application for Admission to Departmental Honors must first be completed on this form. For questions concerning Departmental Honors, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. (NOTE: Students applying for Honors Fellowships must have their Departmental Honors application submitted by February 14)
Required Videotaping and Photos
To be included on the Honors Fellowship site, you must submit a video, three still photos, and a headshot no later than 5:00PM February 18.
Be sure to read through the Applicant Video Instructions.
Student Institutional Review Board
Travel Insurance and Travel Warning Policy
All students receiving summer research grants are required to abide by William & Mary travel guidelines. At this time, both domestic and international travel continues to be suspended. Should this policy change, students may be required to submit an additional application to the Travel Review Committee.
If you plan to travel abroad for your research, the College requires that you purchase insurance for your time abroad. The Global Education Office at the
If you plan to travel to a country which is on the State Department's Travel Warning list, you must petition for approval from the College under the W&M Travel Warning Policy. Petitions for summer 2021 Charles Center-funded travel/research/internship in a country under a Travel Warning must be received by [[nsvasquez, Nick Vasquez]], International Travel and Security Manager. See this page for details and plan to submit your petition by the February 14 Charles Center deadline. Your travel must be approved by the Travel Warning Review Committee before you can receive funding from the Charles Center.
What Happens Next?
- Applications will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Research Committee. Your proposal will be read by faculty both inside and outside of your research topic area, so make sure that it does not contain jargon and is understandable to an educated person outside of your field.
- Students who receive funding from the Charles Center will present their work at the fall or spring Undergraduate Research Symposium.
- Want to talk to someone about how to get started? Make an appointment with a PSA.
- All general Charles Center Summer Grant and Monroe Grant applicants will receive an email about award decisions by mid-April. Notifications will go out in batches, starting in mid-March, so do not panic if someone else hears their outcome before you do. Honors Fellowship results will go out last (a week or so after fundraising ends).
- Note that it is possible for an Honors Fellowship candidate to end up with something less than the $4,000 grant. In these cases the Charles Center will work with individual students to identify the most productive uses for the available funding for activities related to the honors project.
- All parts of the online application are due February 14, 2021.
All of the 2021 W&M Honors Fellowship applicants whose materials are submitted by the deadline will appear on the GiveCampus website, there is no additional selection process.
2019-2020 Honors Fellows
Soren Antebi, Role of Mitochondria in Experience-Dependent Neurogenesis
2018-2019 Honors Fellows
Caroline Abbott, The Dimetrodon Dilemma: Reassessing Posture in Sphenacodonts
2017-2018 Honors Fellows
Brittany Acors, Religious Reformations, Then and Now
Brian Anyakoha, Jr., Social Anxiety, Pain, & Exclusion: The Hidden Link
Lydia Boike, Oxidative Stress and Lactate Dehydrogenase: Understanding the Biochemistry of Alzheimer's
Thomas Briggs, Unifying Hannah Arendt's Theory of Judgment
Dara Bright, School is Cool: A Comparative Study of the Attitudes of High School African-American Males and Females Towards College in Different Socio-Economic Environments
Hannah Bruzzio, Particle Manipulation and Cross-step Filtration in the American Shad
Gowri Buddiga, Reproductive Justice for All: Contraception Policy and the Legacy of Settler Colonialism in United States, Australia, and Canada
Jessica Campbell, Perception of Stress in L1 and L2 Spanish and English
Anna Chahuneau, Pursuing the Monarchs: A Documentary
Jessica Crowley, Modeling the Inhibition of Calcium Influx in Axon Degeneration
DeLauren Davis, To What Extent Are Hegemonic Norms of Masculinity Evoked and Emphasized Through Membership in Black Greek Letter Organizations?
Charlotte DeForest, Myth of a Nation: Nationalism in the Fantasy of J.R.R. Tolkien and Neil Gaiman
AnnaTram Do, Hydrogen-Deuterium Exchange and Fragmentation Studies of Peptides Containing Lysine, Serine and Cysteine Homologs
Chen Dong, Molecular Mechanisms of Neural Plasticity Following Anterior-Posterior Axis Rotation of Xenopus laevis Central Nervous System
Rachel Dubit, A Song of Arms and of the Goddess: What a Critical Reading of the Carmen de Bello Actiaco Reveals about the Roman Conquest of Egypt under Octavian
Emily Earls, The Cultural Influences on Argentine Abortion Policy
Kexin Fan, Association Between Diploid OipA in Asian Strains of Helicobacter pylori and High Prevalence of Asian Gastric Cancer
Dana Florczak, Fighting Against the Backlash: Women's Solidarity in Contemporary Fiction
Hannah Gourdie, Factors Predicting Enactment of Abortion Clinic Access Laws
Theresa Gozzo, Investigating Post-Translational Modification of Transcription Factor in Gastric Cancer Risk Contributor, Heliobacter pylori, via Bottom-Up Proteomics
Jesse Granger, Diatomaceous Solar Cells
Mary Grutta, Supporting Meaningful Career Paths: Effects of Mentoring on Vocational Outcomes for Emerging Adults
Sarah Heins, Complexities of Communication: William Carlos Williams's Medical Narratives and the Exploration of Language
Michelle Hermes, Operationalizing the Holocaust Complex: The Effect of Age on Perceptions towards Refugees in Germany
Emma Johnson, The Mythologized Man's Maladjustment in a Post-War World
Yajna Jowaheer, The Role of Implicit Racial Attitudes in Predicting Perceptions of Drug Users
Anna Kenan, The Mechanism of arsR in the Acid Response System of Helicobacter pylori
William Kim, Polymer Composites containing Boron Nitride Nanotubes for Thermal Management
Likhitha Kolla, Profiling Nuclear Autophagy in ALS
Yoojin Kook, Mental Health and Resilience in First Generation College Students
Katherine Lang, Structural Geology of the Blue Ridge Tunnel, Rockfish Gap, Virginia
Heather Lawrence, Imagining Oppression in Young Adult Dystopian Literature
Elijah Levine, Performing the Spiritual in Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" and John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"
Xiang Liu, Mathematical Studies of Optimal Economic Growth with Monetary Policy
Sri Harshavardhan Malapati, Wallerian Degeneration in ALS
Emma Merrill, The Ideology, Policy, and Market for Firearms in Virginia
Rose Olwell, African Mothers and French Fathers: The Debate Over
Zachary Oppler, The Genetic Basis for Social Phenotypes in S. cerevisiae
Sophia Palia, Behavioral Effects of Noise Pollution on the Zebra Finch
Elena Parcell, Meiotic Defects of a C.
Kristin Passero, Characterizing the Subcellular Localization of Mutant Thyroid Hormone Alpha (Ala382ProfsX7)
Jen Peek, RNF4's Role in Stripping Transcriptionally-Active Huntingtin on a Genome Wide Level
Rachel Plummer, The Effects of Appearance-Related Media on Men's and Women's Body Image
Andrea Powers, The Small Arms Revolution: An Analysis of Small Arms Proliferation, Non-stat Actor Power, Major Power Defense Strategy, and How This All Fits Together
Mark Pownall, The Role of Ploidy in Embryonic Plasticity
Samantha Ryan, Behind the Curtain: Althea Hunt as Directress, Professor, and Feminist
Michael Salomon, Investigating Cancer-Causing Mutations
Megan Screen, Artificial Photosynthesis: Hydrogen Fuel Generation via Transition Metal Complexes
Rafael Snell-Feikema, Capitalist Anti-Capitalists, Racists Anti-Racists; the Normativity of Whiteness in Left Spaces
Daniel Speer, Accessing the Cannabinoid Family of Compounds through an Alkynyl-Prins Cyclization
Aparajita Sur, Exploring the Evolutionary and Molecular Dynamics of Mixed Biofilms to Disrupt their Stability
Nita Takanti, Protein Proteomics: Using HPLC-MS to Analyze Peptide Fragments
Caitlin Taylor, The Effect of Implicit Biases on Discriminatory Behavior Towards Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Catherine Valery, Eclogitization and Shear Zone Kinematics in the Lofoten Islands, Norway
Yonghao Wang, In Defense of Property Dualism
Madeline White, From Being to Thing: The Commodification and Mistreatment of Pets in America
Ryan Wilmington, Enhancing the Capabilities of Infrared Microscopy Apparatus
Hannah Winckler-Olick, Ethical Borders: The Ethics of Citizenship as a Partial Relationship
Devon Wolfe, J.S. Mill and Representative Democracy in the Athenian Spirit
Yanxin Xu, Ultra-High-Dimensional Statistical Learning
Justin Yu, Ultrafast Two-dimensional Nuclear Magnetic Resonance for Ingression of Solvent Treatments in Paint
Bowen Zhang, Non-parametric Classification
Xin Zou, A Mathematical Model of Economic Growth of Two Geographical Regions
2016-2017 Honors Fellows
2015-2016 Honors Fellows
2014-2015 Honors Fellows