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.

Marcy Salvidar poses in Portugal where she went to study attitudes around disability for her Magellan Project.

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.

What advice would you give to incoming or prospective students?

I would encourage students to pursue the Magellan Project!

Maria Sherwood '22
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With a recommendation from Professor of Biology Candy DeBerry, Ph.D., Weston pursued a position as a wildlife ecology apprentice with The Wilds, a conservation center associated with Jack Hanna’s Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Weston Henley '20
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The support we have through W&J to be able to travel is unique. That’s specific to W&J. By the time I graduate from W&J, my goal is to have visited every continent. Thanks to the Magellan Project, I’m already halfway there.

Dawlton Nelson '21
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