Step into a classroom, art studio, dance class, research lab and library and you will see research being done, about to be done, being talked about or planned.
Allowing our undergraduates to design their own distinctive research projects with a faculty mentor is not an idle promise; it is reality.
And the proof is everywhere.
- Every spring, at the Denman Research Forum, our students compete with peers across campus and take home top prizes in ALL categories. In 2014, an amazing cross section of winning projects and majors made us proud: anthropology, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, dance, economics, English, geological sciences, international studies, linguistics, mathematics, microbiology, molecular genetics, neuroscience, psychology, physics and sociology were included.
- Viewing the 2014-15 list of Undergraduate Pelotonia Fellowship winners (22 of the 28 awarded, from the arts and sciences) I was struck by the diversity of the projects and majors. For example, philosophy and microbiology major B. Rashmi Borah’s “Prophylactic Organ Removal as a Means of Cancer Prevention: A Programmatic Analysis of Relevant Ethical Considerations.” Borah is evaluating arguments that contribute to determining the ethical status of prophylactic organ removal. She hopes to show how these arguments help provide a more informed decision for individual patients. It also shows the relevance of the humanities to leading-edge science.
- Reading about Alumnus Stephen Bergman (BS, economics, 2013) whose undergraduate research on, “The Effect of Recruit Quality on College Football Team Performance,” has been published in the Journal of Sports Economics, a peer-reviewed journal generally reserved for tenured professors.
Keep your eyes open. Prepare to be amazed and impressed by what our undergraduate researchers are doing.