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 complete a minimum of 120 documented hours of the research experience for it to count towards Hiram Connect, as well as:

  • Have the research project approved by your faculty advisor
  • Submit the Guided Research Learning Agreement form prior to starting the guided research
  • Submit a personal reflection assignment with a satisfactory level of depth to Dr. Steven Romberger at the completion of research experience; satisfactory completion of this requirement will be determined by the faculty advisor
  • Share the research publicly, whether on or off campus

For any questions regarding guided research and Hiram Connect, please contact Dr. Steven Romberger at rombergersp@hiram.edu.

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.