The fall and spring Research Fairs highlight student-faculty research collaborations. These collaborations started in the 1950s in the natural sciences. Today they encompass the arts and humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. During the 2011-2012 academic year the Leser, Nissley and Marshall funds provided $45,188 for 45 student research projects.
The F&M Summer Scholars Program has grown considerably since its inception in the early 1980’s. Between the summers of 2000 and 2012, the College supported 872 students with $2,880,301 in stipends. These students worked with 590 faculty mentors on research projects. During the summer of 2012, 95 students received more than $374,613 of institutional support from the Cargill, Decision Theory, Eyler, Hackman, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Mellon funds.