All incoming Earlham students will participate in at least one designated immersion experience (IE) during their college careers. The IE will be focused on helping you test out future career directions and academic interests experientially. Whether you are thinking about graduate school, a particular career, or just a conceptual category (e.g., "I think I want to work in a lab"), the IE will allow you to explore possible leadings in a more purposeful manner.
Immersion Experiences are most often accomplished in the sophomore or junior year. This allows important testing and reflection of interests and career choices earlier in the undergraduate experience. Preparing students for their experience through guided reflection and critical thinking is central to making the experience “educative.”
Leading scientific research about bees keeps Clara buzzing
Learn more about Clara Stuligross’ Earlham experience.
Earlham students have many opportunities to work with their professors on research projects. Hundreds of these projects have been funded by the Ford/Knight program, which supports the work of small groups of students and faculty as they explore scholarly topics of mutual interest. Science students regularly spend the summer working alongside professors in their labs, including on projects funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and other sources. Collaborative research contributes to the intellectual climate at Earlham as the results of these projects are shared through presentations open to the whole campus. Students and faculty also regularly publish research in scholarly journals or present at academic conferences.
Collaborative science in Iceland
The newly established Alumni Council Fund for Faculty Scholarship and Innovation will allow an Earlham group to continue defining experiential learning in Iceland.
Earlham students find challenging and meaningful internships in our local community, in other cities during the summer, and in far-flung places as part of off-campus study programs. These opportunities are available in every field imaginable, from science and health care, to education and social service, to the arts and humanities.
Protecting Children's Rights
Basil AbdulRazeq Farraj ’14 has a vision to work with Palestinian youth.
He draws inspiration from his experiences on campus as a Peace and Global Studies major, a semester abroad and summer in Northern Ireland, and two internships in his home country of Palestine.