W&L Geology Research

W&L Geology Faculty do research locally and around the world. Every summer several professors have students work on their research in a variety of venues, such as studying the health of reefs in Belize, plucking in local rivers, and experimental rock fracture in Appalachia. BS students complete a thesis, and all majors can do independent research during the year.

The Geology Department is a member of the Keck Geology Consortium, which includes 17 of the best undergraduate geology departments in the country.  This program allows our students to join undergraduates and faculty from other consortium institutions in summer research projects in such diverse locations as south central Alaska, Utah and Nevada, lakes in Wisconsin, northeast Oregon, the Bahamas, the Cascades, Mongolia, and Costa Rica.

Faculty Research

Washington and Lee's faculty complete research around the world and in our own state-of-the-art facilities

Student Theses

Students have the option of completing a thesis with one of their professors.