Commensurate with our small class sizes and commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and learning, undergraduate research is a top priority at the University of Mary Washington. Such research may take a variety of forms, but one that is common to all Honors scholars is the required capstone research or creative project, generally completed in a student’s final year at UMW.
All Honors scholars are guaranteed some funding for undergraduate research or creative projects, which can be accessed through application for a CAS undergraduate grant, a process that helps professionalize grant-writing skills. Most students will use this for their capstone project, perhaps to access unique software or technology, lab supplies, or books and materials. It may also be used for travel to archives, museums, or geographic sites of interest for the research or to support travel and expenses for presenting the work at a professional venue like a conference. The purpose of this funding is to open richer opportunities for self-directed exploration and learning.