The Williston Scholars program is a college-model course that introduces students to the rigors of directed independent study. A trimester-long course, the program allows students to deeply engage with a topic he or she is passionate about in any discipline. Under the close mentorship of a Williston faculty member, students and classmates are guided through the steps of scholarly project development, research, implementation, and, ultimately, presentation—skills they will need to succeed at the college level. Throughout the program, students connect with content experts both inside the school and out, drawing on the intellectual wealth available to us here in the Pioneer Valley’s colleges and universities.
Sampling of Scholars
Students can now do a Williston Scholars trimester-long project in every subject area—and they do! Last year, more than 50 students pursued their passions, which included everything from unraveling linguistic puzzles to studying to lives of Roman gladiators to building a CPU from scratch. Read about a sampling of their projects below.
Director of the Williston Scholars Program
Kimberly Evelti Polin
“Throughout the program, students connect with content experts both inside the school and out, drawing on the intellectual wealth available to us here in the Pioneer Valley’s colleges and universities.”
Williston Scholars Coordinator
“I’m constantly amazed at the creativity and variety among student projects. Williston Scholars gives students an opportunity to pursue their individual passions with intensive guidance and feedback from peers and other faculty members, yet ultimately produce something that is uniquely their own.”
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