Research and New Books Archive

While the primary job of professors at residential liberal arts colleges is teaching, many are noted researchers and scholars as well – and incorporate their scholarly work into the learning experience of their students.
Students find unique opportunities to do their own research, guided by faculty mentors, and many are also nationally recognized for their achievements. As alumni, they continue to demonstrate the benefits of studying at a residential liberal arts college, making names for themselves in high-level research and publications.


Groves ’11 Receives National Research Fellowship

Illinois Wesleyan University alumna Anna Groves of Naperville, Ill., class of 2011, has received a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.

Originally posted: April 18, 2013

Biology students discover possible evolutionary link between yeast, humans

Research examining telomeres in filamentous fungi that began more than four years ago recently wrapped up with publication in PLOS ONE, a journal featuring reports on original research within the disciplines of science and medicine. Even more exciting for the student research team, though, is that their findings uncovered information that begs for continued study, particularly in the community of evolutionary science.

Originally posted: April 17, 2013

Hannah Weaver ’14 Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Physics major Hannah Weaver ’14 has earned distinction as a recipient of a Goldwater Scholarship. Awarded for academic merit, the Goldwater is the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering.

Originally posted: April 16, 2013

From Classics to Cosmology

It was big news for cosmology when the European Space Agency released the first significant batch of data from the Planck space telescope. The most detailed map ever created of cosmic microwave background is already challenging previous ideas about the age of the universe, the rate at which it is expanding and what it is made of — and Emeritus Professor of Astronomy Bruce Partridge and Ben Walter ’13 await it avidly.

Originally posted: April 12, 2013

Art Professor Receives Grants to Support Book

When did art collecting first boom in the United States? Leanne Zalewski, a Randolph College art professor, believes it happened earlier than many think, and she recently garnered two grants to support a book on the topic.

Originally posted: April 12, 2013

‘Take Me to the River’: Bowdoin’s Kolster Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Michael Kolster, associate professor of art at Bowdoin, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to support his photographic project “Take Me to the River,” a collection of unique glass plate photographs that depict American rivers as amalgams of human and natural forces.

Originally posted: April 12, 2013

3 Questions With Richard Freedman

Musicologist Richard Freedman takes a broad view of early music in his new book “Music in the Renaissance,” which explores the role of music in Renaissance courts and churches, its shifting social purposes and aesthetic ideals, and examines how new ideas and inventions (particularly printing) changed the way music was transmitted and appreciated.

Originally posted: April 11, 2013

Geology professor gets $30,000 grant

Rhawn Denniston, associate professor of geology at Cornell College, has been awarded a $30,000 grant to study stalagmites for evidence of long-term climate change.

Originally posted: April 11, 2013

Professor Wallace, Colleagues Receive $100K National Science Foundation Grant

Professor Bob WallaceRobert Wallace, professor of biology at Ripon College, and colleagues at the University of Texas-El Paso and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell have been awarded a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Originally posted: April 9, 2013

Napier Fellow Erikan Obotetukudo Has Devoted Her CMC Education to Men’s Health Care Issues

During her time at CMC, senior Erikan Obotetukudo has become concerned with the inadequacy of health care for men in different cultural contexts. Her research in this area has been in Brazil and South Africa, investigating available resources, and interviewing men to understand their health needs and the factors that limit their access to adequate health care.

Originally posted: April 8, 2013

Reassessing a diagnosis

Traditionally, doctors have taken an either-or approach to diagnosing neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD): either an individual has the disorder, or doesn’t. Professor of Psychology David Evans believes it is time for a change.

Originally posted: April 6, 2013

Students’ Test of Water Quality Taps into Excellent Results

Did you know that tap water at Hampshire College, which comes from the Amherst municipal water supply, is held to stricter standards than bottled water? Students enrolled in an environmental course taught by chemistry professor Dula Amarasiriwardena during fall semester conducted tests that showed tap water exceeds all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requirements.

Originally posted: April 3, 2013

Students Participate in NASA Competition

This May, four HWS students and three faculty members will participate in the third annual National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition (NSSSC) at Montana State University.

Originally posted: April 2, 2013

NSF Grant Funds ‘Collaborative Exploration’

The $113,000 research grant math and computer science professor Chad Westphal received last fall from the National Science Foundation is going to make even better things happen in the mathematics department.

Originally posted: March 31, 2013

No Armchair Adventurers Here

Students in Janelle Schwartz’s Reading the Extreme in World Adventure Narratives class are doing a lot more than reading this semester.

Originally posted: March 31, 2013