Through independent projects, the Senior Program, research with faculty members, and summer internships, Hamilton provides an increasing number of opportunities for students to engage in significant — often publishable — research at the undergraduate level.

Hands-On Collaborative Research

Summer Research

Hamilton offers its students outstanding opportunities to conduct research in all disciplines. Approximately 120 students receive grants each summer.

Publish & Present

Whether it’s during the academic year or the summer, Hamilton students collaborate with professors on original research. Often their work results in articles published in peer-reviewed journals or in presentations at national conferences. 

Student Stories

During the academic year and over the summer, Hamilton students put into practice the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, lab, and studio. Every student graduates having completed a capstone experience, which typically involves significant research or an original artistic creation. Here are some recent examples.

Charlotte Whiting (left), Thomas Meyers, Chief of EMS (center left), Sydney Tran (center right), and Madison Monroe (right) review their presentation on data organization for the Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance Corps

Comp. Sci. Seniors Lend Expertise to Area Nonprofits

Core to Hamilton’s computer science curriculum is the senior project where seniors offer their expertise to local projects, often supporting faculty. This fall, Assistant Professor of Computer Science Sarah Morrison-Smith decided to incorporate ethics and social good into her seminar by having students work with area nonprofits.

Bailey Black ’24 presented her research “Activism and Digital Queer Culture in the Hispanic World.”

Show and Tell

More than 125 Hamilton students conducted research with faculty this summer, and the results of that work were on display in poster sessions held during Fallcoming. Some student researchers in the sciences and the Levitt Public Affairs Center talked with student writer Dana Blatte ’26 about what they learned.

Grisha Hatavets ’25, left, works with mathematics professor Sally Cockburn in the math lounge in Christian Johnson building.

Optimizing Orientation

While traversing the scenic peaks of the Adirondacks or canoeing through quiet backcountry streams, few first-year students are thinking about algorithms and linear optimization. But these mathematical ideas are as much a part of Hamilton orientation trips as any pack or paddle: they ensure that incoming students have the most worthwhile experience possible.


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