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The Senior Program

The Senior Program in geosciences is a two-semester course in which majors plan and pursue an independent senior project under the close supervision of at least one faculty member. The senior project is an integrating, culminating experience that draws on the skills and knowledge acquired in the first three years; for many students, it represents graduate-level work.

Recent projects in geosciences include:

  • Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction of the Holocene Galana Boi Formation at Kabua Gorge, Turkana Basin, Kenya
  • Broadening the Geoscience Perspective: Environmental Justice and Diversity in the Undergraduate Classroom
  • Development and implementation of a GIS-based method for predicting soil erosion on mountain bike trails at Hamilton College
  • Petrographic and geochemical characterization of Eocene volcanic rocks, British Columbia, and their application to archaeological toolstone sourcing

  • Mazon Creek Paleobotany:  An Advanced Paleontology Laboratory Exercise

  • Timing of Syncline Formation in the Drunka Formation of the Western Desert, Egypt: Constraints from Deposits of the Katkut Formation

  • Coastal Erosion and Lighthouse Relocation on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

  • Refined Stratigraphy and Paleoenvironmental Interpretations for the Lower Miocene Locherangan Locality in West Turkana, Kenya

  • The impacts of septic systems on groundwater and lake water quality, Westernville, New York

  • Historical Sedimentation in Adirondack Lakes: A Multi-Proxy Study

  • Determining lead content of soil along U.S. Highway 20 near Oriskany Falls, New York

  • The New York State Fossil: An Educational Booklet on Eurypterus remipes
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Contact Information


Geosciences Department

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4698 315-859-4807 geosciences@hamilton.edu
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