Students are among Hamilton's most important researchers in chemistry, working closely with professors in a variety of fields. In connection with their senior projects or as senior fellows, senior students do research with faculty members. Some juniors, sophomores and even first-year students work in the laboratory during the academic year and summer. In addition to the 30 or so students who participate in campus chemistry research each summer, Hamilton students pursue summer research at other colleges, at government laboratories and in industry.
In recent years, students have presented research at the National Organic Symposium, at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society and at an international symposium of the Quantum Theory Project. Hamilton students won the outstanding poster award at an international symposium for two consecutive years. Students also have co-authored papers published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the Journal of Organic Chemistry, the Journal of Physical Chemistry, the Journal of Chemical Physics, the Journal of Luminescence, Tetrahedron Letters and Biochemistry.