The opportunities Hiram students have to work one-on-one with faculty are often reserved for graduate students and upperclassmen at larger universities. But at Hiram, our faculty relish the opportunity to work with undergraduates to perform the same level of work. The result for our students is excellent preparation for graduate school and laboratory careers and the opportunity to gain and discover knowledge beyond the textbook.
Guided research is one of three ways to fulfill the Hiram Connect experiential requirement.
Here are a few ways Hiram students are working with faculty in the field and in the lab:
Mary Benjamin ’17
Palm Beach Garden, Fla.
I am working on a quick guide for aging birds that come into wildlife rehabilitation centers. I am splitting my time between the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station and the Wildlife Center at Penitentiary Glen Reservation, and loving every minute of it.
Darian Waugh ’16
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
I am working with Professor Jim Kercher on the breakdown of the organic compound 3-pentanone. I am using both theoretical calculations and the synthesis of labeled derivatives of this compound to study this problem.
Claire K. Maier ’17
Biomedical humanities major
I worked with Professor Jennifer Clark on crayfish activity using a Y-maze. Our data shows that in response to stress, crayfish choose the dark arm of the maze instead of the lighted one. A big strength of a Hiram education is that students come out very well rounded, in part to the research opportunities available with faculty.
Christian Walker ’16
I am working with Professor Mark Taylor on modeling of the folding patterns of linear polymers. Through the use of computer simulations, we are able to collect thermodynamic data and gain insights as to how polymers undergo phase transitions. As an student athlete, Hiram has given me the opportunity to be successful in pursuing passions of playing football and studying physics.