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25+ Examples of Excellence

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  The Incident at Tower 37, an animated film written and directed by Professor Chris Perry and collaboratively created with his students over four years, has shown in more than 60 festivals and won 20 awards. View film »
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  Erick Msumanje 09F was awarded the Princess Grace Foundation-USA’s 2012 John H. Johnson Film Award, a highly-competitive scholarship awarded to an undergraduate student working in film. More »

Hampshire is among the top 20 colleges for entrepreneurs, according to a recent Forbes list. The list was compiled from LinkedIn data on college graduates, identifying the top 20 schools with founders of the most companies with 10 or more employees.

Hampshire is among the top 50 schools whose graduates went on to receive a Ph.D. in science or engineering, according to a report by the National Science Foundation. More »

Campus Pride’s LGBT-Friendly "Campus Climate Index" scores Hampshire at 4.5 out of 5 stars, and Hampshire is on The Lesbian Insider’s Guide to 40 LGBT-Friendly College Campuses.

Hampshire College is included in the Princeton Review's 2014 Guide to the Best 378 Colleges.

Hampshire is one of 45 colleges and universities selected for the Bringing Theory to Practice Project, a national leadership coalition of schools committed to becoming models for what liberal education can offer--and most effectively deliver.

A National Science Foundation grant awarded to Hampshire in 2010 supports women, minority, and first-generation transfer students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Hampshire is number one in the percentage of its graduates who have earned Ph.D.s in history, when figures are adjusted for institutional size, according to a recent national Weighted Baccalaureate Origins Report. Read more »


Hampshire College was recently named one of the top 100 schools for studying animation by Animation Career Review. “Hampshire’s Animation and Digital Art program gets an A+ for creativity. The program also includes plenty of portfolio-producing work, group projects and networking opportunities.”

Hampshire creates innovative programs that don’t just combine, but transcend, traditional academic disciplines: Culture, Brain, and Development (CBD) looks at human behavior and interactions from neurological, biological, environmental, psychological, and cultural frameworks.

Hampshire is on Princeton Review and GamePro magazine’s list of the Top 50 Undergraduate Game Design Programs, in which students can study video game design.

Hampshire College, along with three other liberal arts schools, received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to form a consortium aimed at training the next generation of scientists in the rapidly emerging field of biomathematics. This funding has established the Four College Biomathematics Consortium (4CBC) to support joint investigations by faculty and students at Hampshire, Smith, Amherst, and Mount Holyoke Colleges.

A $1 million gift from Gary Hirshberg 72F, co-founder and chairman of Stonyfield Farm, is helping Hampshire integrate its farm, food, operations, and curriculum, and build a culture of sustainability. Hampshire’s new food service provider, Bon Appétit Management Co., has long been a recognized leader in providing fresh, cooked-from-scratch, and responsibly sourced food to college students. Many regard Bon Appétit as the most forward-thinking socially and environmentally responsible company in the food service industry. More »


Eli Plenk 10F received a 2013 Humanity in Action Fellowship. The fellowships bring together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore different national histories of discrimination and resistance to injustice. Fellows are selected on a competitive basis for high academic standing, active participation in human rights issues, and outstanding recommendations. 

A team of Hampshire students--Zeke Nierenberg 09F, Kira McCoy 09F, Jamie Matheson 11F, and Amit Ringel 08F--won first prize in the inaugural Health Literacy Hackathon. This same team won another award in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Hacking Medicine Conference, held in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital.

Katherine Mott 08F is second author of an article published in Plos: Computational Biology, “Activity Dependent Degeneration Explains Hub Vulnerability in Alzheimer's Disease.”

Isabelle Faus 12S took first place in the Pro Women’s category of the Dark Horse Championship, the biggest indoor rock climbing competition series in the country.


Students work alongside computer science professor Lee Spector on his research projects, including National Science Foundation-funded research on development of software that can possibly learn and evolve through processes similar to those of biological evolution.

Chemistry professor Dula Amarasiriwardena and his students wanted to solve the mystery of what killed the ancient Chinchorro mummies of Chile. By performing laser analysis on hair and teeth samples taken from village residents, they discovered indications that the area’s drinking water contains dangerously high levels of heavy metals, particularly arsenic.

Architecture of Mountains, an unfinished film by Tom Joslin, has been completed by Professor Abraham Ravett and two Hampshire alums, Sam Shapiro 07F and Ben Balcom 04F. Documentary filmmaker Joslin taught at Hampshire College from 1977 to 1980. He is well known for his 1977 film Blackstar: Autobiography of a Close Friend, a coming out/love story of gay identity, and the posthumous, groundbreaking film Silverlake Life: The View from Here. More »

In the School of Natural Science, students are encouraged to co-author articles with professors on members of their faculty committee. As the first authors, these students take the lead in conducting the research and writing the paper, a rare accomplishment for an undergraduate.


Rachel Rubinstein, associate professor of American literature and Jewish studies, is a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Israel. Rubinstein’s first book, Members of the Tribe, was recently recognized with an honorable mention in the Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards of the Association for Jewish Studies.

Literary journalism professor Michael Lesy recently received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Lesy has published a dozen books, including Wisconsin Death Trip, which has been in print since it first appeared in 1973. In 2007, the United States Artists Foundation named Professor Lesy its first Simon Fellow.

Four Hampshire professors received 2013 Whiting Foundation Fellowships: human biology professor Megan Dobro, photography professor S. Billie Mandle, art professor Sara Greenberger Rafferty, and entomology and ecology professor Brian Schultz.

For more than two decades, Professor of Literature and Gender Studies Jill Lewis has used education as a powerful tool in the international fight against the devastating spread of the HIV epidemic. Approaching the issue from cultural and gender-focused perspectives, she has developed and implemented HIV-awareness and -prevention initiatives in parts of North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

Professor of Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS) Michael Klare is the author of 13 books on geopolitical topics and a frequent media commentator on international issues of energy and stability. He recently spoke at the APEC CEO Summit.

Professor of Biological Anthropology Alan Goodman is past president of the American Anthropological Association and co-directs the largest public education project on race, entitled "RACE: Are We So Different?" He coauthored the project’s recently published book, with that same title.

Professor Marlene Gerber Fried was honored by Ibis Reproductive Health with an Evidence in Activism Award. Fried is a philosophy professor and faculty director of CLPP, a program for reproductive rights education and activism. She is the founding president and a current board member of the National Network of Abortion Funds. More »

Professor of Asian religions Ryan Joo’s book, Things That Appear When You Pause, has long been atop the South Korean Bestseller List. More »

Humanities professor Robert Meagher was appointed as a commissioner for the Truth Commission on Conscience in War, a national coalition of religious, academic, advocacy, and veterans groups with the goal of honoring and protecting “freedom of conscience for our nation’s service members.”

Professor of Physics Herb Bernstein is a co-founder of the Anacapa Society, a national organization of theoretical and computational physicists working in primarily undergraduate institutions. His SuperDense quantum teleportation theory has proven interesting to NASA and others pushing the boundaries of the field of quantum physics. More »



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