Hiram College

Learning at Hiram doesn’t stop between classroom walls, after classes end at 4 p.m., or even after the last day of school. The Hiram kind of learning – hands-on learning – is lifelong.

At the Celebration of Research on Sept. 26, the College celebrated the hands-on learning, research and internships that students completed, mostly over the summer months.

From completing on-campus research alongside professors, to working in a new city or state in his or her chosen field, the students’ experiences were wide-ranging.

Students who participated in the Celebration of Research prepared a poster board of their research or internship and presented their experience to students, faculty and staff. The following is a sampling of their presentations:

Senior physics major Sambid Wasti: Local Structure in Hard Sphere Chain Molecule Fluids

Research: We worked on a model of polymers. Our model specifically specializes in the study of a Hard-Sphere chain and fluids. We look at the physical behavior of the model. We run a Simulation known as Monte-Carlo simulations and use different techniques to run the simulation and get the results.

How has the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning enhanced your education at Hiram?

Right now there is a lot of research being done in the field of various sciences using computer simulation. Doing the simulation provided me with a great opportunity and experience in this kind of research. Moreover, it increased my interest in the subject.

Senior history major Leah P. Christopher: Ending Modern Day Slavery: Trafficking in Persons Reports (Washington, D.C.)

Research: I was given the opportunity to conduct my research with The Protection Project (Washington, D.C.), where I was a research associate. During my time with The Protection Project, I conducted research on the Human Trafficking problem in various countries. I also edited and drafted reports on countries problems and efforts to suppress and prevent human trafficking. I took part in International Law where I researched and wrote speeches and question for various events, some of which are published in The Protection Project’s Journal of Human Rights and Civil Society Vol. III.

How has the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning enhanced your education at Hiram?

This opportunity was presented to me in the Fall of 2009, when a Washington Center For Academics and Seminars representative was on campus. After talking with the representative I decided that the Washington Center program was a good fit for me, so I applied to their International Affairs program, where I would spend my Fall 2010 Academic year. This opportunity  has enhanced my education at Hiram, as it brought my attention to the pandemic issue, especially its impact right here in Ohio. I am currently working with a few professors and students to begin a Human Trafficking Community Vigilance Committee to get this important issue on the minds of others in the Hiram community.

Senior biology major Tim Luttermoser: A Tale of Two Bees: Nesting and Foraging Behaviors of Solitary Bees

Research: My research this summer was focused on foraging and nesting behaviors of solitary bees in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. I spent many hours observing adults flying from flower to flower and noting their behavior. I also dug up several nests and dissected their contents to see what kind of nests the bees were constructing underground, and any potential parasites on them.
How has the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning enhanced your education at Hiram?

While I’ve known for years that I wanted to do field research for a living, it’s not until I was actually out in the field, staring at the same patch of ground for hours at a time and enjoying it, that I was truly sure this was the right career for me. My classes on campus have been important and have prepared me well, but nothing has gotten me ready to do research for a living like actually doing research. I have a much greater idea of what grad school is going to be like, and how best to get into grad school, after this past summer.

Junior biology and environmental studies major Ariel Pund: Fostering Wetland Improvement and Education through Development of the Frohring Wetlands

Research: This summer I worked on creating and developing wetlands on the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station property.  The project was funded by the Frohring Foundation.  The goal of the project was to relieve some of the stress the other bodies of water receive on the property due to the educational programs.  The entire property was analyzed for the quantity and quality of wetlands on the property.  By the end of the ten-week experience, two wetlands were determined for further development and restoration and construction plans were created for one entirely new wetland on the property.

How has the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning enhanced your education at Hiram?

Hands on learning is absolutely essential in my Hiram education.  I don’t ever plan on having a sit-down office job and I want to be prepared to do real research and field work after I graduate from Hiram. My research was one of my first steps in building my resume to get a job in the field.  My dream would be to work on rainforest conservation, but I also hope to be involved in field work with the Summit Metropark System.