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IN THE LAB

Undergrad Research

More than 60% of our biology students are actively engaged in a research or field study project each semester, both on-campus in state-of-the-art labs and off-campus with local scientists and doctors, getting the hands-on experience that makes them stand out in the job market.

Hobart and William Smith students benefit from the Colleges' long and valuable relationship with Cornell's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, located right in Geneva. Our students work and study alongside Experiment Station scientists during the school year and summer, gaining significant exposure to applied research while making important contributions to experiment station projects.

Students interested in pursuing careers in medicine also have access to clinical internships, skill training and direct patient care experiences through a special partnership with Finger Lakes Health, a local health system with 75 staff physicians and a broad range of primary and specialty services located just one mile from campus.

Here's a recent sampling of what some of our students are working on:

  • Emily A. Alcott '07: A Statistical Study of Factors Related to Adherence to Weight Loss Recommendations with Professor Droney, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Cameron Avelis '11: Developing methods to collect and processes lake sediments for studies on zooplankton resting eggs with Meghan Brown, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

  • Travis Blum '10: Cloning Conserved Genes of the Fly Visual System with Professor Kristy Kenyon, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Martyna Boruta '10: DNA Fingerprinting Apple Accessions with Charles Simon, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Clancy Brown '09: The relationship between macroinvertebrate species composition and blooms of an invasive diatom with Meghan Brown, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Rashna K. Clubwala '07: Characterization of Photoreceptor Cell Subtypes in Myotis lucifugus with Kristy L. Kenyon, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Michael Ellis '10: The Biology, Ecology and Organic Management of Currant Diseases, with Kerik Cox, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Stephanie Fisher '09: Differences in zooplankton length between ponds with and without top predatory fishes with Meghan Brown, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Kathryn D. Feller '06: Characterization of an Ultraviolet Opsin in Microchiroptera Bats with Kristy L. Kenyon, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Corey Gallagher '09: Zooplankton egg deposition in lake sediments from 1900 to the present with Meghan Brown, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Leslie Hopke '10: Developing Management Practices for Phytophthora Blight in New York with Chris Smart, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Jamie Hutchins '08: Alternative Reproductive Tactics in Fruit Flies with Professor Droney, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Ryan Kincaid '11: Grape Phenology Survey with Charles Simon, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Katie Mancuso '09: Sexual Selection & Speciation with Professor David Droney, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Chi Poon '09: Ecology and Management of Botryosphaeria in Apple with Kerik Cox, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Matthew T. Silver '07: Characterization of Rhodopsin in the Little Brown Bat, Myotis lucifugus, with Mark E. Deutschlander, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Joe Sullivan '08: Vertical migration patterns of the predatory zooplankton in Seneca Lake with Meghan Brown, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Mike Talarico '09 and Josh Hilton '10: Agrobacterium vitis supernatant factor influences HR induction on tobacco with Professor Sigrid Carle, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Samantha Tandle '10: Developing Management Practices for Phytophthora Blight in New York with Chris Smart, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Kim White '09: Histology with Martin Goffinet, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Sara Young '10: PGRU Database Management Position with Charles Simon, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station

 

Get Involved


CLUBS

The Biology Club, Pre-Health Professions Club and HWS EMS Team are student-run organizations that may be of interest to students studying biology.

For more information about these organizations or to learn about starting your own biology-themed club, contact Cully Seamans (seamans@hws.edu) in the Office of Student Activities.