Science at Amherst

Observation & Field Work

Science education at Amherst is decidedly personal: Students collaborate directly with faculty on cutting-edge research. When students take part in original research, they experience the thrill and challenges of scientific discovery as they work alongside faculty with a passion for teaching.

Curiosity

In today’s world, scientific knowledge has enormous implications for the global community, and scientific literacy—the ability to pose questions, examine evidence and apply conclusions—is at the heart of the liberal arts education at Amherst.

Experimentation

Our students bring high capability and a sense of responsibility to their roles as future medical researchers, scientists, educators and innovators.

Theory

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.

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.

Student-Faculty Collaboration

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.

Catherine Sanderson 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

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Being Human in STEM

The Being Human in Stem (HSTEM) Initiative fosters an inclusive, supportive community by helping students, faculty, and staff understand and navigate diverse identities.

Casting for Iron

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Assistant Professor of Biology Jeeyon Jeong is Iron Woman

With funding from the National Science Foundation, a biology professor is working to unlock the secrets of iron in plants.

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