Many opportunities exist for students to participate in research programs either here or at other institutions across the nation. On campus, upper division students may earn credit during the academic year by participating in ongoing research conducted by the faculty. Students wishing to graduate with honors may arrange to use their research in preparing an honors thesis under the direction of one of the faculty members. In addition, selected students occasionally receive funding to attend professional conferences and student research conferences.
During the summer, a limited number of
R.E. Lee fellowships are available to support students participating in research for 8-10 weeks. Typically, a small group of students will work as a team with a professor in his or her lab during this summer experience. Other summer research students are funded with faculty research grants. (See a summary of recent projects in this department).
In June, 2010, W&L hosted the first summer research forum, offering W&L summer research students a chance to interact with faculty, research associates, graduate and undergraduate students from Virginia Tech and other institutions. Research presentations of joint faculty/student work were given, and discussion periods allowed sharing of common interests. Check out the 2010 program.
Off-campus summer internships can be identified from an extensive list of advertised positions maintained by the department. It is then up to the student to apply for these competitive positions.
This student-run club collaborates with students at Virginia Military Institute on engineering projects with a social justice slant. Read more...
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It is possible to study abroad for one semester, usually in the junior year. Students have gone to the following institutions for a term:
The Department has several awards, scholarships, and prizes: