Student Projects & Research

Close faculty mentoring and high-level undergraduate research characterize the experience of every undergraduate, in every discipline.

Senior Capstone Projects

The Senior Capstone Experience is a rite of passage of sorts: by the time you graduate you will have  devised a project that demonstrates your creativity and intellectual accomplishments. The SCE can take several forms: research projects, comprehensive exams, professional portfolios, and artistic creations or performances. Business majors, for instance, do a comparative study of two businesses; drama students stage their own productions.

The projects are as varied as our students: Amanda Pruzinksy ’12 created mathematical models of diseases in bees. Kathy Thornton ’12 developed an environmental history of Chestertown. And Alyssa Velazquez ’12, who is pursuing graduate studies in material culture, completed an intriguing project on the history of Tupperware.

John Toll Fellows

During the summer of 2012, 18 students and 11 faculty were involved in summer research which, for the first time, was administered by the new John S. Toll Fellows program. Named in honor of Washington College’s 25th president, the program supports the academic and research activities of students and faculty who are natural sciences and mathematics scholars. Student participants receive a $3,000 stipend and a summer housing allowance.

Comegys Bight Fellows

The Comegys Bight Fellowship Program offers stipends to support summer internships at some of the nation’s leading historical and cultural institutions. These paid internships annually provide three to five students with high-level research experience on topics related to American history pre-1900.