The Magellan Project

A unique feature of W&J College, the Magellan Project is a project of possibilities. When you pursue a Magellan Project, you choose to take the lead in your educational experience. W&J College provides funding so that you can set sail in the summer months, exploring a passion, an interest, an internship, a study abroad opportunity, a research trip, or all of the above. You're out of the classroom, learning the ropes of whatever you've set your sights on. It could be right around the corner or right around the world.

What is a Magellan Project?

A Magellan Project begins with your idea to create an opportunity to pursue your passions in an original way. Faculty advisors provide the coaching and support you need to take your project from idea to reality. For your project, you write your proposal, detail the plan, and set the budget. Once approved and funded, your adventure begins. On this journey, you'll discover more than you might have imagined.

Kelsea Siter jumps on the sand dunes during her Magellan Project in the UAE.

Hear Their Stories

The best way to see the diversity and potential of the Magellan Project is to see what others have done and be inspired to discover what you can do.

"As the national conversation shifts to include decreasing stigma about seeking mental health treatment, Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) junior Ben Heim ’21 wants to understand the problem globally and learn to fight against it."
Ben Heim, Psychology ’21
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""My W&J education has encouraged me to travel and experience cultures that are different from what I know. My independent research gives me the opportunity to get experience studying something that I will have a career in in the future," Kelsea said."
Kelsea Siter, Public Policy ’20
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"The sophomore chemistry and economics major took advantage of W&J’s signature program, The Magellan Project, to learn more about the culture and cuisine in Italy."
Anja Popey, Chemistry & Economics ’22
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