Student Research Through the History Department and the University
The History Department strongly encourages student research. It assists students wishing to attend conferences or to engage in research travel. Other opportunities for research, either independent or in partnership with faculty, abound.
The Summer Research Scholars Program encourages well-qualified and strongly motivated students to become familiar with research tools, techniques, and methodology through collaborative research with faculty members during the summer. Participation is an enriching and broadening experience. It is particularly valuable to students who intend to pursue graduate work, for they are introduced to the kind of research activities they will encounter at the graduate level.
As a complement to the R.E. Lee Scholars program, the Student Summer Independent Research program was established to support independent scholarly and creative work in the social sciences, humanities and the arts. These grants are intended for rising seniors to have the opportunity to pursue their own research or creative interest during the summer, with the mentorship of a faculty member.
Science, Society, and the Arts is a multi-disciplinary conference involving Washington and Lee undergraduates in the presentation of their academic achievements before an audience of their peers and the undergraduate faculty. Conference participants may make oral presentations of research papers on traditional academic-conference-style panels, deliver research results in poster sessions, or present creative work. Students may also choose to participate in colloquia organized around common readings proposed by interested students and faculty