The Senior Program
At the core of the Senior Program in biology is the senior project, an intensive two-semester field or laboratory research project carried out in association with a faculty member. The project concludes with a written project and an oral presentation given in the second semester of the senior year. The senior project is an opportunity to synthesize and focus previous coursework. It culminates in an original work of scholarship that provides an in-depth examination of a particular empirical or theoretical issue.
The scope and variety of undergraduate research is indicated by the following examples of student projects in biology:
- Recycling Psychology: Information, Perceived Social Observation, and Hamilton College Recycling Habits
- Elucidation of the links between nutrition, the gut microbiota, and the immune system
- Avian self-medication against ectoparasites through incorporation of cigarettes into nests
- Beech Bark Disease Fungus: Which Neonectria species are found at Hubbard Brook Forest and at Hamilton College?
- Vitamin C and hypoxia: a concerted effect on growth
- Toxicopathological effects of the organic UV filter, homosalate, on the neurodevelopment of embryonic zebrafish
- The Effect of Swim Training on the Maximum and Resting Metabolic Rates of Varsity and Novice Athletes
- Evolution and localized expression of the L-rhamnose-binding lectin CSL3
- Role of RNF43 in the regulation of p53
- Identifying pathways and metabolic processes involved in life stage transitions of the fish parasite Ichthyophthirius multifiliis
- Using the North American Isoscape to Understand Crow Migration
- A Genetic Analysis of Cryptocaryon irritans at different infectious states
- Chemical and Genetic Characterization of Sub-Chemocline Microbial Biofilms in Meromictic Green Lake