The Epic Advantage: Faculty-led research

At the center of the Epic journey, the Epic Advantage guarantees every Earlham student the opportunity to pursue a donor-funded, career-discerning experience before graduation. This could take the shape of a faculty-led research project somewhere in the world, a student-initiated internship with an organization of their choice or a certificate program that helps launch their career.

Below, you can learn about some of our past faculty-led research opportunities through the Epic Advantage.

Are you ready to take your education beyond the classroom?
Find and apply for current faculty-led Epic Advantage programs through the Earlham Center for Global and Career Education.


Through this program, students joined faculty members Brent Smith and Wendy Tori on a camping safari in and around the Tarangire region of northern Tanzania, observing wildlife and conducting behavioral research on an animal of choice.


Earlham’s Center for Global Health frequently sponsors research in locations around the globe. Recent projects have included working with the Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) in Costa Rica and Peru.


Students traveled to Scotland and England in 2019 to hike Hadrian’s Wall, the ancient barrier that marked the northwest border of the Roman Empire, and complete self-designed projects relevant to their majors.


The Department of Theatre Arts adapted the script, created costumes, original music, props—including a bird with a 16-foot wingspan—and more for a production of “The Misadventures of Martin Hathaway.”

Then they carried everything to Scotland in suitcases for four performances during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of an Epic Advantage program.

Take your education even further

Earlham offers numerous ways for you to amplify your education both in and out of the classroom. Learn more about how you can keep your journey going outside of the academic year through summer opportunities like Epic Advantage research, summer courses and internships.