The ARC Program (Advanced Research Cohort)

The ARC (Advanced Research Cohort) Program is open to all incoming first-year students with a demonstrated interest in STEM research. In keeping with the University's focus on enhancing and supporting diversity of all kinds, we particularly seek and encourage a diverse group of students for the program. Program participants engage in a unique research opportunity: working with faculty and current W&L students in conducting exciting original research investigations. In addition to this intensive science research experience, the ARC program includes workshops on STEM careers, ethics, and policy questions, as well as a series of leadership seminars designed to empower students in both their academic studies and their overall impact on Washington and Lee. We seek to encourage both a strong sense of community and a cohort of student leaders in STEM areas.

The program runs from Sunday, June 11 through Saturday, July 15, 2017. Students accepted into the ARC program will arrive on campus on June 11, and immediately begin working in a science lab the next morning. The five-week experience allows participants to spend their days partnering with faculty and students in the lab, and participating in a variety of workshops, seminars, and leadership modules that embody the value of a liberal arts education. In addition to these academic opportunities, there will be ample social activities both within the ARC group and with the other W&L students participating in summer research.

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Program Details: 

  • All expenses are paid: transportation to and from Washington and Lee; room and board; all academic activities and projects; all social events. 
  • Housing provided in W&L residence halls. 
  • W&L Resident Assistants participate in the programs and help the students enter into the university world. 
  • A range of possible STEM research experiences to choose from. 
  • The faculty member leading the research experience will also become the ARC student's faculty adviser in August when the ARC students join the rest of the first-year class for New Student Orientation. 
  • Each participating student receives a stipend of $350 per week ($1,750 for the program). 
  • The program is jointly administered by the Office of the Provost, the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Admissions, and the STEM departments of the university. 
  • The ARC program is open to all incoming first - year students with a demonstrated interest in STEM research; in keeping with the University's focus on enhancing and supporting diversity of all kinds, we particularly seek and encourage a diverse group of students for the program.