Students in the sciences at UMW have a unique opportunity to participate in a 10-week long, multi-departmental Summer Science Institute supported by the University, which provides full room and board for the duration. One or two faculty members from each of the STEM disciplines are selected for participation in the Institute each year. Those faculty invite outstanding students with a drive for research to work with them, conducting research for the full summer. At the conclusion of the program, students present their research in a day-long research symposium. Research initiated over the summer is often continued as independent study or honors research during the school year.