Hamilton College offers its students outstanding opportunities to conduct hands-on collaborative research in the sciences, computer science and mathematics. During the summer of 2013 we expect more than eighty students will conduct research on campus, collaborating with faculty on projects in archaeology, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, geoarchaeology, geosciences, mathematics, neuroscience, physics and psychology. Many of these projects will lead to student presentations at professional meetings and papers co-authored by students.
Any Hamilton student with a serious interest in science research is encouraged to explore the possibility of a summer grant. Grants are awarded to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors.
PLEASE NOTE: Competition for science research grants becomes more intense each year, and no student can be assured that he/she will be awarded a grant. We encourage all students to back up their applications by applying for off-campus research positions and by pursuing other summer employment opportunities.
The first step of the application process is to seek the support of a faculty sponsor and commit to a single research project with one faculty member. Several science departments will hold informational meetings in early February to introduce students to projects planned for the summer. The Biology Department will meet with prospective applicants on Friday, February 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Biology Lounge. There will be an informational session for psychology and neuroscience projects sponsored by Psychology Department faculty on Monday, February 11 in SCCT 3024 at 4:10 pm.
Once a member of the faculty has agreed to serve as your faculty sponsor, you will need to fill out a brief online application. The online application will be available beginning on Friday, February 15 and must be submitted by 2 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013. The Summer Science Research Committee will evaluate applications and announce the grant decisions as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, March 15. The application requires each candidate to specify one faculty supervisor and also requests the dates of employment, to be determined in consultation with your faculty supervisor.
Student researchers will be paid a $400 weekly stipend. Eight to ten week research appointments are typical, but the Committee will consider applications for both longer and shorter projects. Research usually begins in late May or early June, but the time frame is flexible and will be determined by the goals of the project and the research supervisor's schedule.
Students accepting a summer research grant agree to abide by the Hamilton College Standards of Conduct, as outlined in the Student Handbook, and must also demonstrate the professional behavior expected of an employee of Hamilton College. Students should understand that research will be the primary focus of their summer work, the equivalent of a full-time job, for the duration of their project. Students receiving a summer research grant are required to write an abstract at the end of the project and present a poster at the annual Science Research Poster Session during the Fall semester.
Substantial funding for summer research is provided by Hamilton College. Additional support for student research comes from grants received by individual faculty members from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society and the Research Corporation. Generous funding is also received from:
The Sergei S. Zlinkoff Student Medical Research Fund
On-campus housing is available at the College at reasonable cost to students who are employed on campus. Additional information about summer housing is available from the Residential Life office, and a summer housing lottery will be held in the spring.
If you have questions, please contact the Summer Science Research Coordinator of department in which you are interested in working:
Archaeology, Nathan Goodale (email@example.com)
Biology, Herm Lehman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chemistry, Ian Rosenstein (email@example.com)
Computer Science, Mark Bailey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Geosciences, Todd Rayne (email@example.com)
Mathematics, Rob Kantrowitz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Physics, Gordon Jones (email@example.com)
Psychology, Doug Weldon (firstname.lastname@example.org)