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Weekly WMSURE Workshops

WMSURE offers weekly workshops that include one-on-one and small group advising for students. These sessions are every Wednesday at 4:30pm via Zoom starting January 27th.

Our upcoming events are listed on the Events Calendar.

Spring 2021 Workshops

The Spring 2021 workshops will focus on a research theme each week. Topics to be discussed include how to choose a research topic, research methodologies, and the real-world impact of research. The workshops will be facilitated by professors and experts representing various schools and departments across campus.

Students and faculty are welcome at all of our events. Please contact co-directors Prof. Iyabo Osiapem,, and Prof. Katherine Barko-Alva,, for more information. Also, see for a description of our program, resources for students, and office hours.

Date Workshop Description


January 27, 2021




Welcome Back!

At our first workshop we will discuss the highlights of your holiday break, your goals for this semester, and let you know of any upcoming events.


Hosted by WMSURE Student Fellows



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February 3, 2021 




Choosing a Research Topic

Choosing a research topic can be an excruciating and daunting task. Should you choose a topic that you feel passionate about? How many sources will you need? This workshop will answer these questions and provide tips and strategies on how to choose a good research topic.


Panelists: WMSURE Faculty Fellows

Profs. Vivian Hamilton, Janise Parker, Adrian Bravo, Simon Stow, Amy Xia, and Faraz Sheikh





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February 10, 2021

How to Develop Research Questions and Build a Theoretical Framework

Join us for a workshop on how to develop research questions and build an effective theoretical framework for your research.


Panelists: Profs. Shanta Hinton, Chris Howard, and Kristen Wustholz

Student Presenter: Kayla Burton (Reducing Prejudice towards Individuals with Autism)

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February 17, 2021 




Writing a Literature Review

The literature review is a critical component of the research process.  But how do writers summarize the existing scholarly discussion and then join the conversation? This workshop will demistify the process.


Panelists: Profs. John Riofrio and Paul Showalter

Student Presenter: Georgina Yeboah (Marijuana Use Among College Students)


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February 24, 2021



Research Methodologies (How Scholars Do Research)

This workshop will focus on research methodologies (how scholars do research). 


Panelists: Profs. Adrienne Petty, Adrian Bravo and Kathryn Lanouette

Student Presenter: Citiana Ali (Examining the Socioeconomic Link between Depression and Suicide among College Students)

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March 3, 2021  

Presenting Your Research/How to Give a Research Presentation

Students will learn the basics of presentation design and delivery. This workshop will cover how to organize your presentation, delivery techniques, and audience engagement.


Panelists: Profs. Leah Shaw, Cheryl Dickter, and Leslie Cochrane

Student Presenter: Yvette Bivins-Sanchez (Education and Perceptions of White Priviliege: Does Learning about White Privilege Make White Students more Likely to Respond to Racist Comments?)


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March 10, 2021


The Impact of Research on the Real World 

Have you ever wondered how research impacts the real world? If so, join us for a discussion on why scholars do research and how research impacts individual lived experiences and public policy.


Panelists: Profs. Janise Parker, Vivian Hamilton, and Jackson Sasser

Student Presenter: Tracey Ampaw (Public Awareness of the Link between Crime Rates and Socioeconomic Factors)



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March 24, 2021

Conversation with a Scholar

Join us for a conversation with William and Mary scholars. Our panelists will be talking about their research, what led them to their chosen profession, and what it's like to be a minority in the academy.


Panelists: Profs. Jamel Donnor and Jajuan Johnson

Student Presenter: Christian Manigo (The Influence of Family on the Development of Self-Determination in African American Students)


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March 31, 2021

Community-based Research

This workshop will focus on community-based research and why it's mutually beneficial for both the university and local constituents.


Panelists: Profs. Amy Quark, Michael Blakely, and the Highland Plantation Council of Descendant Advisors.

Student Presenter: Alton Coston (How the Virginia General Assembly Responded to COVID-19)

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April 14, 2021

Graduate and Professional School

Applying to graduate school requires a lot of research and organized planning. This workshop is designed to guide students through the various admissions requirements, application process, financial aid resources, and opportunities for success in graduate school.


Panelists: Profs. Christine Nemechek (Law School Admissions Advisor) and Dorothy Osborne (Senior Assistant Dean, School of Education)

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April 21, 2021

A Conversation with Visionary Campus Leaders

Panelists: A. Benjamin Spencer, Dean and Chancellor Professor, William & Mary Law School; Dania Matos, Associate Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer, UC Merced

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April 28, 2021

WMSURE Alumni Panel


DaVon Maddox '19 (UGA School of Law)

Merci N. Best  '17 (Ph.D. Candidate, UVA School of Medicine)

Ebimene Doubeni '17 (Fulbright Scholar)

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May 5, 2021

End of Year Celebration (Senior Graduation & Recognition)

Join us in celebrating our graduating Class of 2021!

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