William & Mary Honors Fellowships support students conducting research for department Honors projects. Students may receive up to $6,000 through the William and Mary Honors Fellowship program. This funding package includes a $4,000 summer grant to enable the student to conduct 10 full-time weeks of pre-Honors research; up to $1,000 for the student to draw on for project-related expenses; and $1,000 for the student's faculty supervisor to support their research.
The Honors Fellowship WebsiteThe Honors Fellowship Give Campus website (active exclusively for Honors Fellowships during March through early April) allows multiple donors to fund one or more student projects. Honors Fellowship Programs give donors a unique opportunity to fund the specific projects that interest them. For that reason, we want our website to give donors both information about your projects and academic preparation, and a real feel for why you are passionate about your research. The site will feature videos and still pictures that will give donors this personalized appreciation of the research projects and, most important, the students behind the research projects. Follow the Honors Fellowship blogs!
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
All students who have been approved to conduct Department Honors in the 2018-2019 academic year are eligible to apply for WM 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 for
Honors Fellowship Application Form
Use your email.wm.edu to create an account on the Embark application platform. Select "Charles Center Summer Research Funding" from the
The project proposal may
- The first paragraph of your proposal should be a concise abstract of your Honors research.
- Describe the coursework or research you have done already that will be relevant to this proposal.
- Describe in detail the goals you hope to achieve in your ten weeks of summer research and the methodology you will use to achieve these goals. This should be the longest section of your proposal.
- Explain what your research will contribute to the field, and why this work is exciting or unique.
- Describe how this research fits into your
longtermgoals (academic, professional, personal, etc.).
The personal statement may
Upload an unofficial, WM Banner transcript, including 2018 spring registration. You may copy from Banner and paste into a Word document but please make sure that you capture all course titles and grades AND delete excess white space. If you studied abroad or completed other off-campus academic work, please upload those transcripts, too.
One Recommendation Letter
The recommendation letter must be from a William & Mary faculty member who is familiar with your academic career and your potential for success in writing an Honors thesis. If possible, they should also be familiar with your proposed topic. The recommender may be your Honors project advisor but this is not required. Be sure to discuss your proposal in depth with your recommender before registering them online.
Application for Admission to Honors Study
Your Honors project must first be approved by your Honors advisor and the head of the appropriate
Videos and Photos
To be included on the Honors Fellowship site, you must sign up for a time to film your video no later than 12 p.m. on Monday, February 19. Video times are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so applicants are advised to sign up as soon as possible. Videos will be shot on Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 in Blow 201. Be sure to read through the Applicant Video Instructions prior to your appointment. Students studying abroad should read and follow the instructions in the Honors Fellowship applicant video instructions for students abroad
All applicants must email three photos related to their Honors project to liz@theAVAdventure.com by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 19. The file names must be '
Student Institutional Review Board
If you are working with human subjects in any way, exemption by the Student Institutional Review Board or Protection of Human Subjects Committee is required at the time of application UNLESS your research falls under your faculty advisor's exemption. Ask your project advisor for clarification before you begin the IRB process. Note that the IRB process takes a significant amount of time and requires an online training module that must be completed by both you and your research advisor. Your protocol must be exempted by the application deadline of February 28,
Travel Insurance and Travel Warning Policy
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 2017 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, by 5:00 pm on April 14, 2018. See this page for details and plan to submit your petition by the February 28 Charles Center deadline.
- All parts of the online application are due by noon on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
Note that it is possible for an Honors Fellowship candidate to end up with something less than the full $6,000 grant. In these