February 5, 2023

UMW, Local Community Join Forces for Social Good Summit

The food bank needed help getting fresh produce to needy families. A literacy group sought tutors to help adults with reading, writing and basic math. A local high school wanted guest speakers to teach mindfulness and stress management techniques to teenagers. All of them congregated with more than 100 others in the Digital Auditorium of […]

UMW Hits High Notes With New Pianos

Andrew Kraus was in the middle of a performance when he heard it. After playing the first of Brahms’s powerful and dramatic Rhapsodies, Op. 79, he began playing a softer piece. As his hands danced deftly and gracefully across the keys, he heard a distinctive “twang” that rang out through the hushed Dodd Auditorium. It […]

Sharpless Receives Distinguished Research Award

Charlie Sharpless had a problem to solve. He was finishing his post-doctoral fellowship and wasn’t quite sure where to go next. He loved teaching and conducting research, but there were few positions at large research universities where he could mix these two elements. But with the University of Mary Washington, he found the perfect chemistry. As a professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry, Sharpless combines equal parts teaching, advising and research to make new discoveries in environmental chemistry and educate the next generation of scientists and industry leaders. Now he is being honored with the Distinguished Research Award by the Virginia section of the American Chemical Society at its annual award ceremony in Richmond this evening, on Thursday, March 21. Read more.  

UMW Hosts FRED – A Social Good Summit on March 22

University of Mary Washington’s Center for Community Engagement and IMAGINE Social Good join forces to host FRED – A Social Good Summit on Friday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Digital Auditorium of the Hurley Convergence Center on UMW’s Fredericksburg campus. The event is free and open to the public, but […]

UMW Art Professor Receives Prestigious VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship

Jon McMillan was in high school when he took an after-hours tour of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond as part of a summer governor’s school program. Deep within the bowels of the museum, experiencing the vast expanse of work that was hidden from public view got McMillan fired up and ready […]

No Brainer: UMW Biology Alum in Prestigious Neuroscience Program

Sarah Roche ’18 did not want to go to college at all. A high school chemistry class had left her feeling so discouraged and incapable that she’d given up on the idea altogether. She visited a litany of Virginia colleges at the urging of her parents anyway. None of them changed her mind. Until a […]

STEM Students Probe World Problems

Weather patterns. Climate change. Cell death. These are among more than a dozen STEM-based topics tackled by University of Mary Washington students during this year’s Summer Science Institute, an intensive, fully funded 10-week research opportunity that culminates this week. Working with professors in their field of study, 20 undergraduates took the reins on projects that […]

Research and Creativity Day Highlights Student Work

Art exhibitions. Music performances. An original play performed with puppets. Friday, April 27, marks the University of Mary Washington’s 12th annual Research and Creativity Day – a culmination of a year of work by UMW students. The day-long event includes short oral presentations, artwork, original compositions and research as far-ranging as the public’s perception of […]

Fredericksburg Foundation Honors UMW Historic Preservation Faculty

The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation (HFFI) presented the University’s historic preservation faculty with its 2018 President’s Exceptional Service Award. The award, given at HFFI’s annual meeting Sunday, March 11, recognizes the master teachers for their leadership and initiative in support of preservation through education and volunteering. “The faculty of the Department of Historic Preservation provide a […]

Konieczny Presents at American Mathematical Society Meeting

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics, gave a talk, A new definition of conjugacy for semigroups, in the Special Session on Recent Trends in Semigroup Theory at the meeting of the American Mathematical Society, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, Oct. 8-9, 2016.