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"I'm a tinkerer at heart. To understand climate change I need to understand how the Earth works."
All students in Hampshire College's School of Natural Science engage in hands-on, original scientific research.
Some of this research is done in courses, but many students also design their own independent investigations, which they carry out under the guidance of faculty. Areas of interest include environmental sciences, agricultural studies, health sciences, and more. Hampshire students complete their academic programs with a final stage of work known as Division III. Div III students, as they're called on campus, undertake year-long, self-designed projects that tie together and expand on their earlier work.
Natural science projects range from major research papers to laboratory and field investigations. Some of these lead to publications and presentations for which the student is the first author.
Max Neale goes at the Asian clam from all angles.
Isaac Bruss can tell DNA to self-assemble into a structure of his own choosing.
Div III student Amber Bonarrigo explores climate change through her study of Lake Linné in the Arctic.
NS students document their research working with John Castorino, assistant professor of molecular biology.
As a Div III microbiology student, Erin Eggleston conducted research on rugged bacteria that thrive in harsh conditions.