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    The Honors Fellowship

    All students who were approved to conduct departmental Honors in the 2013-2014 academic year were eligible to apply for fellowships through the William and Mary Honors Fellowship program. Representing a variety of disciplines, the Fellows receive funding to devote 10 full-time weeks during the summer for research and additional money during the year for project-related expenses.

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    The Blog

    All Honors Fellows will submit posts to the W&M Honors Fellows blog for a full year as they research and write their honors theses. Follow along as these students experience the highs and lows of creating, conducting, and completing an individual research project.

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    The 16th Annual Honors Colloquium

    Each February the Roy R. Charles Center hosts the Honors Colloquium, a presentation forum for Honors students working on theses. W&M Honors Fellows will participate in the Colloquium, presenting their work to an interdisciplinary audience of their peers, faculty, family, and friends. The Colloquium are open to the public, and everyone is welcome!

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    The Thesis

    The Departmental Honors Program provides qualified students the opportunity to complete a two-semester, six-credit research project under the supervision of a faculty advisor.  Each Honors project culminates in a thesis and oral defense.   Completing an Honors project can be one of the most academically rewarding experiences of a student’s undergraduate career.


Happy belated Valentine’s Day from your favorite stomach bacteria

We are now in mid-February and I am still trucking along with many experiments and lots of data collection! An arising theme seems to be the difference between OipA’s role as an adhesin and as a mediator of the host inflammatory response. The effect of changing the gene from phase “off” to “on” and vise versa…
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Outlining is Key

Cheers to finishing my research in December! Now that I concluded that huge portion of my thesis, I put much thought into the format of the project. Initially, my research covered 12 films, but as I outlined I realized this was too ambitious for a 100-page limit. This meant I needed to eliminate some films.


Surviving the Transition to Talkies

Oscar Micheaux was the only black director to survive the transition from silent to sound cinema. The primary reason Micheaux triumphed when other black filmmakers did not was his acceptance of financial support from two New York men. Below is a summary of this transition:


Catwalk for Molecular Models

Now that I’m back on campus, I’ve been playing with some things in lab but the majority of my work has actually been occurring out of the lab. That is, I’ve been running a program called Gaussian, which is a computation chemistry software I’m using to optimize the structure of my molecules. Wait, what? Basically,…
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Math Education: January

This month, I kept up my progress drafting my thesis. I am about two thirds of the way through and I have a good idea of what the final section should look like. My adviser has started looking over what I’ve written and giving critiques. I have been thinking about my project for months and…
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