All Sophomore/Junior Monroe Scholars can receive $3,000 in funding to conduct an in-depth summer research project. Many students use this as a springboard for further research, such as an Honors project or independent study.
Sophomore/Junior Monroe Scholars Applications for Summer 2023 are now open!
- Access the online application by clicking this link and create an account. Note: if you use your W&M email, make sure to use a different password than the one you use for your school account for security purposes.
- Sophomore/Junior Monroe Grant applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2023.
- You may do your Sophomore/Junior project the summer before your junior or senior years. Monroe Scholars who do not complete their research before the beginning of their senior year forfeit the funding.
- In order to qualify for the funding, you must be a Monroe Scholar enrolled in undergraduate W&M classes (or studying abroad) in the fall following your project.
- You can only apply for and receive one Charles Center funded research grant per summer (this includes the Charles Center Summer Research Grant and the Catron Scholarship).
- Monroe Scholars applying for Honors Fellowships are also automatically considered for their junior year Monroe Grant if they did not already use their $3,000 research grant funding sophomore year. They should not apply to both the Honors Fellowship and the Monroe Scholar Sophomore/Junior Grant for the same summer.
- Students who have been selected for a Charles Center-sponsored internship (such as Woody, Freeman, City Scholars, etc.) for Summer 2023 will not be eligible to receive the Monroe Scholars Sophomore/Junior Grant the same summer.
When your project is funded, you will:
- Spend a minimum of seven full weeks on your research.
- Submit the product of your project to your faculty advisor at the end of the summer.
- Present your work during the Charles Center-sponsored Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Things to Consider
- 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, and helping you with your presentation at the Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium.
- The results of Scholar research will vary: Many finish with a research paper, but that might not be the best product for everyone. For example, if you’re doing a creative project, you might end with a painting, sculpture or novella. Scholars working in labs might have their lab results as their final products. You will work with your advisor to determine what is the most appropriate final result of your project.
- The project does not have to be in the area of your major, though you must have sufficient academic preparation to carry out the research.
What Materials Do I Need?
Project Proposal Prompts
The project proposal questions will be answered within the online application.
Note: This proposal must be written by the student. However, we do encourage project advisors to read it and make constructive comments.
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 as an opportunity to enlighten us more about your project; do not simply read your proposal.
If your research involves any of the following, you or your faculty mentor must request approval from the appropriate Research Compliance committee before submitting your grant application in order for your application to be considered for funding. Approval from the committee can be pending when you submit your grant application, but approval must be received before you begin research per federal regulations.
2. Work that uses or produces radioactive materials
3. Work that involves the use and care of vertebrate animals
4. Work that involves recombinant DNA, or infectious agents, or direct or indirect contact with wild-caught animals that may harbor infectious agents, or any human fluid or tissue.
How to Register for CITI Training
Please refer to the CITI Program Getting Started Guide with questions or contact [[w|cacorb]].
Please review the following information if you plan to travel internationally to conduct your summer research.
Upload an unofficial (from Banner self-service), William & Mary transcript, including your 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 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. You may submit your application before the letter has been uploaded.
The letter of recommendation is due three 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.
What Happens Next?
Resources for Preparing Your Proposal