Category: Faculty & Staff Blogs

On-Campus Interviews for Rising High School Seniors

We Admit It!  We get pretty psyched for interview season to begin.  It means each day throughout the summer, when the campus itself is quieter, we get to see hundreds of eager prospective students come through our doors excited to meet with our supremely awesome Senior Interviewers. We’ve been very purposeful about how we craft




Summer Research: Introducing the Buckmarlson Banshees

Try to find Buckmarlson on a map and you won’t have much luck.  It’s the newly created place name for our field area in Virginia’s west-central Piedmont.  Buckmarlson is a portmanteau word we created based on the names of the three counties in which our geologic studies are taking place: Buckingham, Albemarle, and Nelson counties.




Freshman Waitlist Update

We Admit It!  Negotiating the waitlist is far from a precise process.  At this point, our incoming freshman class is full but we do believe we will likely be able to make a small handful of additional offers throughout the summer. Yesterday, we sent an email to all students still active on the freshman waitlist




The Longhill drainage ditch, when knickpoints move

Last Fall I started a ‘series’ focused on rivers and their watersheds.  Six months have elapsed since that first post and another write up is overdue. Rivers and their drainage networks can conjure up images of adventure, mystery, and perhaps even romance.  Consider the mighty Rio Orinoco with its waters plying the jungles of Venezuela




Transfer Waitlist Update

We Admit It!  The waitlist is aptly named.  Applicants wait, we wait, everyone waits for the class to settle.  At this point, we have had a chance to review the incoming transfer cohort and we will be able to admit some students from the transfer waitlist for the fall semester.  Exactly how many students remains




Freshman Waitlist Update

We Admit It!  The waitlist process is somewhat of a tricky one.  It’s a process with no absolutes, no set timeline, no predictability.  As it plays out, it often feels like we’re taking two steps forward and one step backwards.  It probably feels similarly for those students on the waitlist.  With that all being said,




An open letter to SOMOS and MANOS seniors, May 2014

I make my living with words and, most times, I’m able to say something close to what I’m thinking and feeling. I am rarely at a loss for words, even if they’re not the right ones. Each year, however, I find myself inadequate even in this regard as some of you, ignoring my best advice,



Words from an Active Citizen

From these experiences with Branch Out I learned that service is a continuous process rather than a single act, one that must be approached with care and intention.



Decisions, Decisions — Fall 2014 Transfer Edition

We Admit It!  Transfers, your time has come.  Decision emails are being sent at this very moment.  The long wait is finally over.  Below is all of the information you need to know regarding how we release decisions.  Following that is information on each of the three decisions we make.  We ask that you read




Senior Research Saturday 2014

The year-long senior research project is an important piece in the William & Mary Geology major.  All W&M Geology majors complete an intensive independent project and in the process create new knowledge about the earth and the environment.  The project culminates in a thesis and a professional-style presentation.  For the past three years we’ve turned