Our students engage in meaningful, hands-on academic opportunities that often lead to published results in journals, national fellowships or public presentations — opportunities many other students don’t have until graduate school.
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Open to any discipline, Carson Grants offer Willamette undergraduates opportunities to participate in scholarly, creative or professional summer research projects. About 10 grants of up to $3,000 are available each year.
Grants up to $3,500 are available to first-year students interested in researching a topic related to their College Colloquium program, a first-semester course that immerses incoming students in the liberal arts environment.
The Debate Union provides opportunities for students to improve their skills in argumentation, advocacy, and public performance. It is designed to serve students who want to make debate a central part of their college experience and those who want it to be one aspect of a varied college education.
Two undergraduates each year from any discipline receive this scholarship for one full semester's tuition for their senior year or a $5,000 graduate fellowship. It also includes $2,500 for research expenses the summer preceding their senior year.
Students spend nine weeks during the summer researching collaboratively with a natural sciences professor. At the end of the program, they communicate their findings through a written paper and oral presentations.
SSRD is a day for students to share the fruits of their research, to present musical, theatrical, and dance performances, and to display works of art to fellow students, faculty, family, and friends.
The STEM Scholars program provides scholarships and a series of academic, community-building, and co-curricular support activities intended to equip students to succeed as future scholars and leaders in STEM fields.
Each year, eight female biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics majors serve as mentors to foster scientific curiosity and understanding, and to provide encouragement to pursue an interest in science, math, and engineering to 5th-grade students.