Hiram College

Field Ecology Research Experience

Matt Sorrick Headshot

Matt Sorrick, M.S.

Director, Center for Science Education
Director, Northwoods Field Station

Dates:  June 18-24, 2017

What is it?

The Field Ecology Research Experience offers high school students an opportunity to work alongside Hiram College faculty and students on ecological research projects at the spectacular 550-acre Barrow Field Station. This rigorous academic program is for motivated high school students who are interested in science and have completed at least one year of high school biology or environmental science. We are seeking applicants with a clear sense of how the Field Ecology Research Experience will benefit them as they prepare for college. Outdoor experience is not required, but participants should expect long days investigating fields, forests and aquatic ecosystems. Students will stay in dorms at Hiram College and in tents at the Field Station.


$525, includes meals, lodging, transportation, instruction, and all activities

Scholarship Opportunity

Hiram College will award a $1,000 Summer Academy Scholarship to every high school student who attends a 2016 summer academy and enrolls as a full time student at Hiram College. The scholarship is renewable each year for up to four years. Only one Summer Academy Scholarship will be awarded per new student.


Matt Sorrick, Director of Science Education


Hiram College’s 550-acre Barrow Field Station


The 2017 Field Ecology Research Experience is aimed at high school students who are rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. Please submit one registration form and one payment per student.  Registration will begin in the Spring of 2017.

+ Register & pay online

+ Pay OnlyIf you have already registered but have not paid, please click the Pay Only link to be directed to the payment screen. Please be aware that the first applicants to complete the registration process in its entirety and submit their full payment will be considered for acceptance.

The total cost is $525.  Meals, lodging, transportation, instruction, and all activities are covered in this price.  The online registration form is linked to two online payment options.  Payment arrangements include:

Cost and Payment Arrangements

Online by Credit Card: Hiram College accepts American Express, Discover, and MasterCard.  When paying by credit card, please note that a 2.5% convenience fee will be included in the total amount charged.

Online by Electronic Check: There is no convenience fee when paying by E-check.

Other Requirements for Participation

Reference: On the registration form, students are asked to provide the name, title, telephone number and email address of a teacher or guidance counselor who is willing to serve as a reference on their behalf.  We assume that references are aware that students have used their names and that they may be contacted.

Register Early! Space is Limited!

The first applicants to complete the registration process in its entirety and submit their full payment will be considered for acceptance.  High school students who are rising sophomores, juniors and seniors are welcome to register.  Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The deadline for registration is April 28, 2017.   Interested students are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Notification of Acceptance

Once students have registered and paid in full, their registration materials will be reviewed by the faculty leading the workshop.  As soon as a student has been approved, Matt Sorrick, Director of Science Education will send out an email notifying the student that he or she has been accepted to attend.

Refund Policy

Full payment must accompany registration to be considered for acceptance.  A full refund will be issued for those students not accepted into the workshop.  Students who choose to withdraw at least three weeks prior to the first day of the workshop will receive a 50% refund.  No refunds will be made after that date.


Scholarships are available for students demonstrating financial need. Call Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003, email sorrickmw@hiram.edu or visit www.hiram.edu/summerathiram for more information.