Throughout our science curriculum we emphasize the excitement of discovery and the development of individual creativity and critical reasoning skills. Students learn science by active inquiry and experiment, and are mentored by professors—no teaching assistants here—whose first priority is to teach.
Collaborative research opportunities are the hallmark of science education at Washington College. The John Toll Fellows Program coordinates all science research opportunities; research grants are available for academic credit during the summer months in most departments in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. At the conclusion of the 10-week program, student researchers present their findings at a Summer Research Day and in the fall at the Student Academic Showcase.
Washington College requires an independent research project, known as the Senior Capstone Experience, of all its graduating seniors. For students in the sciences, this research project is the culmination of the skills and methodology their have acquired over the course of their four years of study.