by Bill Sweet
For an increasing number of Amherst College students, summer isn’t the time to get away; it’s the time to get cracking on their research.
Soon after Commencement and Reunion, students representing numerous disciplines in the sciences and humanities come back to campus to dig deeper.
At a geology lab in the Beneski Earth Sciences Building, Mollie McDowell ’14 has been crushing, grinding, burning and testing soil sediment from Ireland, for a research project with Professor Anna Martini.
“We both wanted to fill in some data gaps that I didn’t have time to fill in during the year,” McDowell said.
About 100 students—undergraduates and recent graduates doing postbaccalaureate research—are staying at Amherst for the summer. They are funded by several programs, including the Summer Science Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (SURF), the Gregory S. Call Student Research Program (SRP), individual academic departments, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Tutorials, among others.
Mollie McDowell ’14, summertime researcher