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Summer Collaborative Research

Collaborative student-faculty research is integrated within the Earlham academic curriculum but for students who are interested in a more immersive experience, Earlham offers paid summer collaborative research experiences. Such projects permit students to pursue cutting-edge scholarship under the mentorship of subject area experts, review current literature in the field and present results at conferences including, Earlham's EPIC Expo as well as regional and national professional events.

Summer Collaborative Research (SCR) exposes students to authentic research and prepares them for their next steps after college, whether they choose to pursue graduate school or employment.

  • 98% of student participants report their SCR experience was career discerning.
  • 96% of students believed their SCR project helped prepare them for a job.

SCR helps students understand the process of scholarship while learning discipline specific techniques and academic skills.

  • 98% of student participants learned new technological tools or techniques during their project (89% made sizeable gains).
  • 100% of students improved their problem-solving skills and 98% improved in critical thinking.

Participants also build confidence and perseverance through engagement in student-faculty collaborative projects.

  • 58% of student participants felt they made large gains in their comfort with collaboration and teamwork.
  • 98% of students developed tolerance for facing obstacles from their experience.

Earlham has offered collaborative research experiences during the summer since 1988. More than 375 students participated in projects between 2008-2020.

2020 Projects

All 2020 Summer Collaborative Research Programs were cancelled in response to the COVID-19 international crisis in order to protect the health of faculty and students. Please see the "2016-2019 Projects" link for examples of typical summer research projects.

 "Doing CS related work all day for a month did make me realize that I love this field and I picked my major right. After the research, I am much more excited to go into the field and either work in the industry or conduct research."

– Ali Gokcelioglu '20 Computer Science research with Dave Barbella


"Overall, this experience has been an incredible journey of becoming comfortable with academic research and scholarship. Not only that it gave me a further desire to dig into the areas of knowledge that I was not completely familiar with before the beginning of the research, but it also enabled me to work on my soft personal skills. Amongst many, it allowed me to effectively work in a group setting, to develop my communications skills, and to efficiently organize my working routine. All in all, the project was beneficial in a way that it widened the options for my college and career path."

– Jus Tavcar ‘22 Economics research with Rajaram Krishnan


"This research experience has done a lot to demystify the process of physics research for me. When I think about the type of problems physicists are trying to model and solve the idea of working on them myself often seems overwhelming. What I learned, however, is that the process of research, while challenging, is completely doable. You approach problems one step at a time, you talk about things with your advisors and peers, you read and reread relevant papers, and before you know it you cansolve problems of a quite high complexity level without it feeling like a gargantuan task."

– Micah Chabowski ‘21 Physics research with Seth Hopper

Contact Information

For more information on Summer Collaborative Research at Earlham, contact Sara Paule, Director of Sponsored Programs and Foundation Relations, at 765-983-1431 or email her at paulesa@earlham.edu.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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