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25+ Examples of Excellence

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  1. At Hampshire College, community engagement is a valued part of the learning experience. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recently awarded the College its Community Engagement Classification.

  2. Hampshire earned the #5 spot on the Princeton Review's 2014 list saluting the 25 best undergraduate schools to study video game design.

  3. Hampshire College is a top-producing institution for the 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.

  4. Hampshire received a Higher Education Civic Engagement award, presented by the Washington Center and New York Life Foundation. The 2014 award recognized the Healthy Food Transition, part of the College’s Sustainability Initiative.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Hampshire is among the top 20 colleges for entrepreneurs, according to a 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.

  8. Hampshire was 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."

  9. Hampshire was listed among the 30 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs in the United States and Canada by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

  10. Hampshire offers a Concentration in Psychoanalytic Studies. For undergraduates even to be able to minor in psychoanalytic studies is a rarity. For them to be able to shape an individualized course of study in psychoanalytic studies in a manner that parallels or exceeds what would be a major at a more traditional institution is an exceptional opportunity.

  11. 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.



  1. Media arts and sciences professor Chris Perry was honored at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's 2014 Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation. Perry received a Technical Achievement Award, shared with Peter Huang, Hans Rijpkema, and Joe Mancewicz, for work on the Voodoo application framework.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Professor of Biological Anthropology Alan Goodman is a past president of the American Anthropological Association and co-directed the largest public education project on race, entitled "RACE: Are We So Different?"

  5. Professor Marlene Gerber Fried was honored with the American Public Health Association’s 2014 Felicia Stewart Advocacy Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to advocacy on behalf of reproductive health and rights. Fried is a philosophy professor and faculty director of CLPP, a program for reproductive rights education and activism.

  6. 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."

  7. Professor Naomi Darling is a winner of the American Institute of Architecture New England (AIANE) 2013 Citation Award for Excellence in Architecture. Darling is a Five College assistant professor of sustainable architecture who teaches courses at Hampshire.

  8. A theorySuperDense quantum teleportation—posed by Hampshire College physics professor Herbert Bernstein was selected for testing on the International Space Station. Theoretical physicist Bernstein devised the SuperDense scheme more than a decade ago in his investigations of different ways to send a quantum state from one part of a laboratory to a remote station. He is now part of a team of experimental quantum mechanics investigators, led by physics professor Paul Kwiat at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which has finally performed the actual feat of SuperDense teleportation.

  9. Visiting Assistant Professor of Cognition and Education Tim Zimmerman is using a $409,000 National Science Foundation grant to research ways to better teach 21st century scientific practices. The grant is funded through the NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program.

  10. Professor of Film and Photography Abraham Ravett’s films were recently featured in a retrospective at the Festival Film Dokumenter in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, the oldest documentary-only festival in Southeast Asia.



  1. A research paper by Haoxi Zhan 12F, "A Quantitative Analysis of the Simplification Genetic Operator," was accepted for presentation and publication at a workshop of the 2014 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference in Vancouver, the largest conference in the field of evolutionary computation.

  2. May 2014 graduate Ailey Picasso performed in the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She choreographed her solo, “undigested logic,” one of few works at the festival choreographed by an undergraduate.

  3. Yasmine El Baggari 11F launched an online platform called Voyaj that is designed to create immersive cultural connections worldwide. Her work on Voyaj led to invitations to the White House, and a seat next to Vice President Joseph Biden at a roundtable of the Global Entrepreneurial Summit in Marrakech.


Student and Faculty Collaboration

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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