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.
Director of the Williston Scholars Program
“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.”
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.
Comic Books’ Ultimate Battle: Staying Relevant in an Ever-Changing Society
Before We Go to Sleep (EP album)
The Life of the Roman Gladiator
The Power and Persistence of Slavic Paganism
The Art of Order
Data Analysis of Alumni Donations at Williston
Raised with Morals
I’m So Dunn
Production Stage Manager for "The Williston Scholars Variety Hour"
It Just Doesn’t Fit
Deep in the Closet of Ms. Maiden Name
Wanna Hear Some Secrets?
Building a CPU from Scratch
M.C. Escher and His Mathematical Wonderland
Kink in a Box
Magnetic Frustration in Magnetite
Abortion in Classical Literature
The National Parks: Democracy and Exploitation in "America's Best Idea"
Reflections of a Rock Lobster
Spreading Influence: The Irish Republican Army
Nationalism in France
The Development of Young Minds
The Radicalization of Youth
The Purpose of Art
Concussion Crisis: Head Trauma in American Football
Learning Language Through Linguistics Puzzles
The History of Advertising: Culture, Creativity, Conformity, and Capitalism
Proving the "Spooky Action at a Distance"