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The PLUS-S Program

The PLUS-S (Preparing for Life as an Undergraduate Science Student) Program is one week residential summer (typically mid-July) transition program that introduces students to college life as a science major.  Housing and meals will be provided free of charge for all participating students.  In addition, participating students will receive and early registration slot for fall semester. The program will include the following features:

  • Students will take a free, all-costs-paid one credit course on Topics in Contemporary Biology that will introduce them to college science courses and what is expected from them – but in a less stressful environment than the large freshmen classes. 
  • They will also have the opportunity to become engaged in a research experience, working several hours a day in in a faculty research lab on defined project. There students will be able to meet with current W&M summer research students.
  • A particularly important aspect of the PLUS-S program is early academic advising from two faculty members in the sciences who will meet with students inidivdually and discuss their academic goals course selection.
  • PLUS-S will also sponsor a series of talks from faculty and students on how to succeed in science. 

The program will be particularly useful for students intending to enroll in Introductory Biology (BIOL 220) in fall to give them a head start on college life science coursework. Invitations to apply for the program will be sent by the Admissions Office in early May of each year. Questions on eligibility and/or the program should be sent to Dr. Margaret Saha at

William & Mary · P.O. Box 8795 · Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795