Student research starts on the first day of class at William & Mary. It doesn't matter if that class is organic chemistry or Greek tragedy. We believe that high-performing students learn best through guided, hands-on inquiry and experimentation. And it's our mission — one we take very seriously — to incorporate projects of real scientific, scholarly and creative merit into every undergraduate and graduate course we offer. By senior year, more than 80% of undergraduates have participated in mentored research with faculty.
At W&M, research is not just something that happens in a lab or a library (although we have excellent examples of both). It's what happens when students measure mercury levels in local streams and publish their results as a documentary. Or when a freshman seminar helps save a historic building in Richmond. Or when a student organization prepares a proposal for a medical aid trip to Central America. Research is inseparable from the W&M experience.
W&M students deserve an education that values their original intellectual contributions. We offer many different ways for both undergraduate and graduate students to conduct fully funded, faculty-mentored research projects.