Williston Scholars

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.

54
Number of students taking a Williston Scholars class this year

Director of the Williston Scholars Program

Kim Evelti

“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.


Verdi Degbey

Before We Go to Sleep (EP album)

Tiger Chen

The Art of Order

Tanmay Khale

Building a CPU from Scratch

Shirley Zhou

M.C. Escher and His Mathematical Wonderland

Sebastian Hererra

The Life of the Roman Gladiator

Sarah Andrews

Data Analysis of Alumni Donations at Williston

Josephine “Pinky” King

The Power and Persistence of Slavic Paganism

Neysa Tapanes

Kink in a Box

Nam Pham

Magnetic Frustration in Magnetite

Maitri Dalal

Abortion in Classical Literature

Maggie White

The National Parks: Democracy and Exploitation in "America's Best Idea"

Kira Wilson

Collection Portraits

Khanh Pham

Reflections of a Rock Lobster

JJ Celentano

Spreading Influence: The Irish Republican Army

Jerry Gao

Nationalism in France

Izzy Tegtmeyer

Comic Books’ Ultimate Battle: Staying Relevant in an Ever-Changing Society

Hannah Baker

The Development of Young Minds

Gaby Small

The Radicalization of Youth

Derek Zhao

The Purpose of Art

Connor Murray

Concussion Crisis: Head Trauma in American Football

Chloe Lee

Learning Language Through Linguistics Puzzles

Abbie Foster

The History of Advertising: Culture, Creativity, Conformity, and Capitalism

Alex Fay

Bell's Inequality:
Proving the "Spooky Action at a Distance"

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