Discover the world as it is. Imagine the world as it could be.
At HWS you can engage in collaborative research that tackles age-old problems and emerging issues. Build analytical skills that are portable to any profession. Publish and present your work at professional conferences. Be part of building a better world.
It’s the kind of opportunity most students don’t get until graduate school. But it’s all here for you from day one.
Working directly with a faculty mentor on their research, you’ll dive deep on a topic of interest while honing your critical thinking and problem solving skills. To top it off, you’ll spend your summer lakeside, living rent-free and receiving a stipend for your efforts.
Projects range in length, type and discipline, and the application process is competitive. This past summer, more than 90 students engaged in a summer research opportunity.
A recent sampling of projects:
- Aquatic Ecology Research in the Finger Lakes
- Chemistry of Art
- The Dark Sides of Development and Entrepreneurship
- Drug Development of Anti-Cancer Agents
- From Beyond: Staging Geneva’s Unheard Voices
- Shakespeare on Screen
- Stream Salamanders and Land Use Legacy
- Winter Weather and Lake Effect Snow Storms
Graduate with Honors by undertaking a year-long independent research project or creative work under the guidance of an Honors Faculty Adviser. The most sophisticated work in our curriculum, projects culminate in a written and oral examination and are assessed by your faculty adviser as well as an examination committee.
25-35 students complete honors each year. Recent projects include:
- An Assessment of Canada’s Position in a Global Economy
- Becoming Empathetic: An Exploration of Empathetic Masculinities on Campus
- Exploring and Abstracting Intimacy in the Female Form
- Ivory, Ink, and Onionskin: Lyric Essays
- Mercury Bioaccumulation in Fish Food Webs of New York State Finger Lakes’ Tributaries
- Professionalization of Past Criminality and Addiction: How Former Prisoners and Addicts Manage a “Professional Ex” Identity
- Portable Hydroelectric: Generating Energy in Remote Locations
- Roman Red Sea Trade: An Analysis of Trade in the First and Second Centuries C. E.
The Finger Lakes Institute (FLI)
Explore marine ecology on board the Colleges’ research vessel, do collaborative, interdisciplinary research with an HWS professor, and advance environmental education for local middle and high school students. FLI promotes environmental research and shares information about the Finger Lakes Region while fostering environmental stewardship and sustainable development.
Work collaboratively with a partner from the Geneva area and a faculty mentor to help solve an issue that is vital to our community. These semester-long projects occur independently or as part of a class and are completed by students from across disciplines.
Plant Evolution and Water Quality
Students present at the annual Rochester area science conference. At the Rochester Academy of Sciences’ annual fall conference, HWS students presented on topics ranging from water contamination to evolutionary relationships among plant species, describing not only their research but how it’s likely to impact the world outside the lab. Accompanied by Assistant Professor of Chemistry
McMillan ’21 Chases the Wind
Tracking tornados in the field as an HWS undergrad prepared Patrick McMillan ’21 for his graduate studies in meteorology at Ohio University. “I would be that kid watching the Weather Channel looking at hurricane tracks and blizzards,” says Patrick McMillan ’21. It was his coursework and research experience at Hobart and William Smith, however, that
Taking Flight to Columbia University
Through his award-winning research, physics major Dimosthenis Chrysochoou ’22 is exploring how STEM subjects intersect with social and environmental awareness. “The interface between social sciences and STEM is oftentimes overlooked, but I think that to understand the importance of our work, it’s really important to be socially aware,” says Dimosthenis Chrysochoou ’22, who this fall