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Applied Science

Carolyn Edson '09 checks on the progress of protein electrophoresis. Interdisciplinary graduate programs in Applied Science leading to  M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered by the faculty of Applied Science with participating faculty from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology and with adjunct faculty from the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC), the DoE Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab), the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), and industry.

Faculty research interests include nondestructive evaluation, robotics, medical imaging, epidemic modeling, nanotechnology, surface science, electronic and magnetic materials, physical and chemical properties and characterization of polymers, laser spectroscopy, solid state nuclear magnetic resonance, neurophysiology, and computational neuroscience and cell biology.


Applied Science also has research laboratories in the Applied Research Center (ARC). In addition to William & Mary, the ARC is home to industrial, university, and Jefferson Lab researchers who collaboratively develop new technologies and processes. View William & Mary's characterization of laboratories in the ARC.

Course work, one-on-one meetings with faculty members, association with other graduate students, and seminars are all part of an entering graduate student's experience. Advanced students help coordinate the seminar programs and travel to national and international meetings to present achievements in research. The most inventive of our graduate students receive U.S. patents by the time they are awarded their degrees.