The William & Mary campus is getting flatter by the day. The old academic hierarchies have been torn down. There are no more artificial barriers between teaching and research. In an intellectual culture as rich as W&M, brilliant ideas come from every direction, not just from top to bottom.
W&M graduate students—and undergraduates—are expected to contribute significantly to the university’s research efforts. They won’t be washing test tubes and making copies, but developing their own original hypotheses, applying for funding and engaging in first-person scholarly inquiry under the close mentorship of an experienced faculty member.
William & Mary offers an ever-expanding set of programs for students to launch original research projects and present their findings to the academic community:
- Departmental Honors
Every W&M undergraduate is invited to present a capstone research paper or project, plus an oral exam, to earn departmental honors. Participating students have an early opportunity to share their results in the annual Honors Colloquium.
Research SymposiaStudent researchers in the sciences and humanities present their work to colleagues and the public at the annual Graduate Research Symposium and the unique Undergraduate Research Symposium, a rare public forum for young researchers.