Each year students have the opportunity to pitch policy-relevant research ideas to faculty and policymakers for up to $20,000 in research funding. Past judges have included Dr. Ellen Stofan, former Chief Scientist of NASA and current Director of the National Air and Space Museum, and Ambassador Thomas Shannon, former Acting Secretary of State at the State Department.
Winners then partner with W&M faculty and staff to implement their ideas over the course of an academic year. This close mentorship helps turn great student ideas into action that addresses real world problems.
For a window into the experience, watch our Shark Tank video.
To learn more about participating in the Institute’s Shark Tank, contact [[dmtrichler,David Trichler]].