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Prospective Students Preview Hands-on Science

At the inaugural Science and Medicine Open House event, HWS faculty and current students offered prospective students a closer look at what makes the firsthand scientific scholarship at HWS so significant.

“HWS is all about the people,” said Associate Professor of Chemistry Justin Miller during a welcome address to the gathering of prospective students and their families in the Vandervort Room.

Miller explained the individualized instruction that occurs on campus — an 11-to-one student to faculty ratio — as well as the hands-on research of consequence, including making and testing anti-cancer drugs, and out-of-the-classroom experience like the Summer Science program, which includes opportunities such as internships in the Audubon Seabird Restoration Project and research positions at the New York State Agricultural Research Station and the Finger Lakes Institute.

During the science fair portion of the event, students and faculty representing the wide range of scientific disciplines HWS offers — including biology, chemistry, physics, geoscience, computer science, psychology, environmental studies, engineering (3+2 programs), and pre-med and health professions — shared their research experiences with the prospective students.

Jocelyn Canty ’14 and Alex Welych-Miller ’15 described their summer research with Assistant Professor of Psychology Brien Ashdown on cross-cultural psychology, analyzing images of religion from children in Guatemala and Geneva to better understand the cultural differences of ideas of religion. Josh Moss ’14 described his experience visiting University of California, Berkeley, with other members of the Physics department to conduct research. Michael Greene ’14 recapped his mathematics research on college friendships and social circles.

Following the science fair, prospective students and families toured campus and the campus science facilities; attended classes; shared lunch with students and faculty; and learned further of the success of HWS science graduates, a growing number of whom have received national recognition and have participated in a variety of competitive programs. For example, in recent years HWS students have received the following:

  • a Rhodes Scholarship
  • a Gates Cambridge Scholarship
  • a Marshall Scholarship
  • two consecutive Morris K. Udall scholarships
  • five Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships
  • a Fulbright Scholarship
  • Peace Corps Positions
  • Teach for America Positions
  • two American Chemical Society Scholarships
  • a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship
  • UNCF/Merck Fellowships
  • four Council on Undergraduate Research Fellowships
  • two Merck externships
  • two NIH post-baccalaureate fellowships
  • FBI internships
  • an EPA internship
  • a Pfizer Fellowship
  • a GlaxoSmithKline post-baccalaureate fellowship

HWS students regularly go on to graduate school at nationally-ranked institutions. Recent graduates have been admitted to programs at Yale, Columbia, Oxford, Cornell, Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, Carnegie Mellon, Brown, Penn State University, University of California – Santa Barbara and Boston College.

The Science and Medicine Open House was hosted by the HWS Office of Admissions. Visit the Admissions homepage for upcoming admissions events and application information.