Summer Collaborative Research
If you’re looking for a unique research experience and your semester schedules are already full, Summer Collaborative Research (SCR) might be for you.
What is SCR?
As part of Earlham’s student-faculty research emphasis, SCR is a paid opportunity to immerse yourself in cutting-edge scholarship opportunities with like-minded students—all while under the mentorship of a faculty expert.
While many SCR projects take place on campus, some are offered at sites throughout the country and even overseas. Students often present their research at Earlham’s annual Epic Expo and have accompanied faculty mentors to regional and national professional conferences.
Earlham has a rich history of providing SCR experiences for students. Through the generosity of donors, we fund roughly 50 students in 20 projects per year.
What can you expect?
Working and learning side-by-side with peers and faculty mentors enhances the experience for all—and not only in terms of stronger project results. SCR student participants also increase their comfort with collaboration and teamwork.
In addition, more than 90 percent of student participants have stated they gained the following:
- Increased career discernment
- Preparation for graduate school or a future career
- Knowledge of new technological tools or techniques
- Better problem-solving and critical thinking skills
- Tolerance for facing obstacles
Associate professor of biology
Chris has worked with students for Summer Collaborative Research almost every year since he started with Earlham in 2009. He considers collaboration with students his favorite way of teaching. He’s drawn to growing, nurturing and developing new scientists.
“It is important that our students become well versed in the ways of science—while not all will go on to do research, having some grounding in how research and science is done will make them better able to engage in a world built on the accumulation of scientific knowledge.”
Associate professor of computer science
David has led summer research projects for a total of five years. He loves working with students and learning more about their unique approach to problems. David has seen numerous students gain experience from working on real-world research problems—and has even had the privilege of seeing these students move on to graduate research programs.
“I think it is important that students have the opportunity to get research experience as soon as possible. We practice with them on communicating their work and it is wonderful to see students share their research during the Epic Expo.”
While many SCR projects are developed by faculty in the natural and social sciences, projects in recent years have been undertaken in the areas of computer science, environmental sustainability, politics, economics, the fine arts, history, and math.
Restoring the tall grass prairie
Wendy Tori and Jaime Coon, professors in the biology department, traveled with a team of Earlham students to the Grand River Grasslands in southern Iowa. The team collected data, recorded nesting behaviors in grassland birds and assessed native plant communities.
Removing Weir Dam
Shannon Hayes and Andy Moore, geologists in the earth and environmental science department led a team of student researchers to collaborate with the City of Richmond in assessing risks associated with the removal of Weir Dam.
Representing Women in Wikipedia
Rachael Reavis, associate professor of psychology, led a group of students in a project to add representation of women on Wikipedia. The team added biographies for women in the fields of psychology, computer science, international studies and more.
Want to learn more?
Associate director of grants and sponsored research
For questions about the Summer Collaborative Research program, contact Meredith Edwards.