Distinguished by its academic rigor, experiential focus and research excellence, the science at Amherst program has a distinguished history of advancing scientific understanding. That legacy continues today, as faculty pursue research in topics ranging from the quantum behavior of molecular nanomagnets, to brain circuitry, to fish evolution, to disease transmission and genomics.
Amherst students are taught by and collaborate with renowned scientists. Forty percent of Amherst students conduct independent honors work that is often similar in scope and depth to graduate-level work. In fact, it’s not unusual for Amherst students to be listed as co-authors of scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and to present findings at national conferences.
At Amherst, undergraduate students work directly with faculty on empirical scientific research that matters. As an undergraduate at Stanford, I worked with graduate students on research, but at Amherst, my students work directly with me!”
—Catherine Sanderson, Manwell Family Professor in Life Sciences