Hiram College

Guided Research

Guided Research Projects

Any Hiram student with drive, curiosity and enthusiasm can step into guided research projects with faculty.

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.

Register Your Research For Connect

Hiram Connect

You must register your Hiram Connect research during a particular semester, following all of the same deadlines for courses (Example: if you are completing your research experience during the Spring 12-week, you must register for the CNXT course during that term). This means that you can no longer retroactively count a research experience for Hiram Connect. You must enroll in the Connect course (CNXT) to register your research experience within the first two weeks of the term.

  1. Complete the Hiram Connect Research Learning Agreement.
    The learning agreement is an online form found on Handshake. Click here for instructions on accessing and completing the learning agreement through Handshake.
  2. Complete the registration form to add the CNXT 0-credit course.
    Once you complete the learning agreement through Handshake, you will receive an email with a pre-filled registration form that you will need to sign and send to the Registrar. Please note that this must be submitted before the deadline to add courses in a particular term.
  3. Complete your Hiram Connect experiential learning hours.
    A minimum of 120 hours in your research is required for Hiram Connect.
  4. Complete the reflection assignment.
    Once you are nearing the end of the semester, you must complete the reflection assignment and upload it to your ePortfolio.

Click here for further instructions on how to upload your reflection assignment to your ePortfolio and for the reflection writing prompt.

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.
Biology major

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
Chemistry major

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
Parma, Ohio
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
Struthers, Ohio
Physics major

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.