Intructions for Recommenders for Charles Center Awards

Thank you for writing in support of a student's application for a Charles Center award.

Please note that all letters are submitted online through the Embark application system. Once the student registers you online, you will receive an email with instructions on submitting your letter. Please upload your letter as a .pdf file. If you do not have the email from Embark, ask the student to log into the system and re-send the registration email.

Rising Sophomore Monroe Scholar Program applications (recommenders & research advisors)
Monroe Scholar summer research proposals (recommenders)
Freshman Monroe research proposals
Charles Center summer research scholarship applications
Honors Fellowship applications
Catron Scholarship applications

Rising Sophomore Monroe Scholar Program applications (recommenders and research advisors) applications and letters are due 12 p.m. November 8, 2017
An applicant to the Monroe Scholar Program is required to have one general recommendation letter from a faculty member who has taught them in class and knows them well and one letter from a faculty member who will serve as the advisor for their summer research project. The same faculty member may serve in both roles.

All letters should indicate the length of time and context in which you have known the applicant.

If you are writing only the general recommendation letter, in addition to commenting on the applicant's intellectual and academic strengths, please provide your assessment of the applicant's motivation, abilities, experience, and/or interests that make them well suited for the Monroe Scholar Program. If possible, please provide specific examples of when the recommender has witnessed the applicant actively demonstrating their abilities.

If you are writing only the Monroe research advisor's letter, or if you are writing a research advisor letter for a student who is already a Monroe Scholar and is proposing an upperclass Monroe project, please evaluate the student’s qualifications to carry out the proposed project and assess the appropriateness of the project’s scope within the context of the discipline. Letters should also describe why the proposed plan is appropriate for the project. The research advisor is expected to work with the student on all stages of the proposal and review the final proposals before submitting the letter. In addition, the research advisor will review and evaluate the final research product and student's research performance at the end of the summer.

If you are serving as both the research advisor and recommender for an applicant to the Monroe Scholar program, you will submit one letter that includes all of the information requested, above.

Freshman Monroe research proposals and letters are due 12 p.m. February 21, 2018

An applicant for a Freshman Monroe Summer Research Grant is required to have one letter from a faculty member who will serve as the advisor for their summer research project.

This letter should confirm that you have worked with the student on the project proposal and that you believe that the research is feasible given the project’s 80 hour time frame and the student’s prior research experience. Please also describe why the proposed research plan is appropriate for the project. If you know the student from a course or research experience, you may also comment on their work as it relates to the proposed project.

Charles Center summer research scholarship applications and letters are due 12 p.m. February 28, 2018

An applicant for a Charles Center Summer Research Scholarship is required to have one recommendation from a William & Mary faculty member who can attest to their suitability to conduct the proposed research project.

All recommendation letters should indicate the length of time and context in which you have known the student applying.

In the recommendation, please evaluate the student’s qualifications to carry out the proposed project and assess the appropriateness of the project’s scope within the context of the discipline. Letters should also describe why the proposed plan is appropriate for the project. The research advisor is expected to work with the student on all stages of the proposal and review the final proposals before submitting the letter.

Honors Fellowship applications and letters due 12 p.m. February 28, 2018

An applicant for an Honors Fellowship is required to have one recommendation from a William & Mary faculty member who is familiar with their research and academic career.

All recommendation letters should indicate the length of time and context in which you have known the student applying.

In the recommendation, in addition to commenting on the applicant’s intellectual and academic strengths, please evaluate the student’s qualifications to carry out the proposed Honors project and assess the appropriateness of the project’s scope within the context of the discipline. Letters should also describe why the proposed plan is appropriate for the project.

Catron Scholarship applications and letters are due 12 p.m. February 28, 2018

An applicant for a Catron Scholarship is required to have two letters of recommendation from individuals who know the applicant and their work well. At least one of these letters must be from a William & Mary faculty member.

All recommendation letters should indicate the length of time and context in which you have known the student applying.

In the recommendation, in addition to commenting on the applicant’s intellectual and academic strengths, please evaluate the student’s potential for success in carrying out the proposed creative endeavor.