Research

Found a passion? Explore it. Washington and Lee professors in all disciplines offer some exciting research opportunities during the summer and throughout the year. Students work alongside professors in the lab every day, learn alongside their peers, and even have a chance to have their research published in academic journals or presented at professional conferences. Research is open to students of all majors and interests — from mathematics and biology, to music and anthropology

And your opportunities for research aren't limited to Lexington. Our students have opportunities to take part in research around the world, with support from professors and funding from a variety of sources, including:

  • Summer Research Scholars
    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.
  • Student Summer Independent Research (SSIR)
    Developed as a complement to the Summer Research Scholars Program, which promotes collaborative research between students and faculty members during the summer, the Student Summer Independent Research (SSIR) grants support rising seniors in the pursuit of their own research or creative interest, with the mentorship of a faculty member. These independent summer opportunities do not earn credit.
  • Johnson Opportunity Grants
    The Johnson Opportunity Grant program provides funds to support W&L student projects all across the country and around the world. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are open to any rising junior or senior at W&L. The funds cover travel, living expenses, and other costs associated with the proposed research project, internship or other summer experience.
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant
    Undergraduate students may apply to do research in the sciences with a W&L faculty mentor for two summers through the HHMI Fellows program.
  • Student Opportunities Database
    Hundreds of other research opportunities are available to students through our Student Opportunities database, which allows students to enter specific search criteria to find the right program for their unique interests.