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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.

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October Wrap-Up

Well, October went by in a rush. There’s been good progress on data collection, even though we’ve run into some technical difficulties with one of our programs in the study. We should be done collecting data by the middle of November, which is exciting. We have a few new lab members who are helping run…
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Oct
30

Long Overdue

Hello again, lovely people! The past few months have been incredibly busy, filled with lots of graphs and lots of projects for the School of Education. I have learned a lot in this time, but unfortunately, I have neglected blogging. In order to catch up with blog posts, I will be attempting to post every…
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Oct
30

WVT? What?

Even materials that seem impenetrable often are permeable to small molecules, such as water vapor. Even if foods, like meat in the grocery store, were wrapped perfectly in saran wrap (a polymer), the goods inside would not be able to remain fresh indefinitely. Through very small gaps in the polymer film, vapors can escape and…
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Oct
30

A Belated Update

Hey everyone! It’s been a busy semester so far and it is hard to believe that it is already almost November! Some exciting progress has been made since I last blogged a few months ago.

Oct
30

Successful Retro? Check.

Finally.  After spending most of this semester making more starting material and performing very precedented reactions, this past week I ran my retro Diels-Alder (see figure below).  And it worked! Professor Scheerer and I both believe that we didn’t encounter the rearrangement problem we ran into this summer which means I am only three steps…
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