Summer Research Scholars STEM-field application period is November 15-December 3, 2014. All other SRS applications are due Friday, January 30, 2015.


W&L students and faculty have opportunities for joint research work during the summer months. The Summer Research Scholars (SRS) program has evolved over the decades into a robust series of opportunities and projects. Projects consist primarily of two types: assisting a professor in research, or carrying out a student-planned project under the supervision of a professor. The application process is competitive. The supported work is carried out during the summer months.

Students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) area research submit their applications online between November 15 and December 3. Their applications are evaluated by the STEM selection faculty and, if approved, are assigned to the appropriate funding source and project. For the STEM summer research application process, interested students should click here. These applications are due no later than December 3rd.  For STEM summer research project descriptions click here

All other Summer Research Scholar applications (including those for STEM faculty that do not go through the earlier STEM selection process) are submitted by the faculty member, who nominates up to two students for the summer research project. Nominees must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0. For the regular Summer Research Scholars application process, the sponsoring faculty member should click here (available November 21st). These applications are due no later than January 30th.

The Robert E. Lee Research Fund was established in 1960 through a gift from the late Dr. Gustavus Benz Capito, an 1899 graduate of Washington and Lee. Additional support has come from various sources, including the Christian A. Johnson Foundation and the E.A. Morris Foundation. Most recipients are known as Summer Research Scholars; several outstanding students in the sciences will be designated Christian A. Johnson Scholars.