Student Research and Scholarship
Student Research and Scholarship describes a variety of extracurricular experiences in which students conduct an independent scholarly investigation of a field under the guidance of a faculty member. Students engaging in research and other forms of scholarship work on their projects outside of their academic curriculum and class time, and their work culminates in a report or presentation of their findings. Student research may result in publication within the scholarly literature or formal presentations at conferences, poster sessions or other competitions and events.
Here are a few of the many research projects that took place in summer 2017:
- A group of students (Eve Balistra '18, Brandon Copping '18, Abigail Edwards '19 and Katie Esbenshade '19) worked in the lab with associate professor of biology Jordanna Sprayberry to collect data on bumblebees.
- Michael Silverstein '18 conducted a survey-based experiment to determine how patients weigh the pros and cons of undergoing treatment.
- Brooke Torjman '19 did field research on the shell preferences of hermit crabs with biology professor Erika Iyengar on Washington state’s San Juan Island.
- Ben Lieberman ’19 and assistant professor of mathematics and computer science Jim Russell collaborated on an algorithm to help determine whether partisan gerrymandering is "too partisan."
Our vibrant summer research community in which students and faculty collaborate on a variety of student or faculty driven research projects. On average, approximately 40 student scholars stay on campus for the summer to perform research in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. These students were funded from a variety of sources including Summer Research Grants from the Dean of Academic Life, Research Collaboration grants from the Provost’s office, and generous alumni and friends of the college. Some student research is also funded through external grants to faculty members. Students are typically on campus for 8-10 weeks of full-time research for which they receive a stipend, housing and college credit.
The entire summer research community participates in a weekly summer seminar series in which students discuss their work, as well as an annual poster session in which students present their work to the campus community at large. Many students continue their summer research during the academic year by registering for independent study credit or through a research assistantship under the guidance of a faculty member.