Stanley Hall Renovation Complete

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The renovations of Stanley Hall were completed in August 2013 at a cost of $17.6 million, making the science facilities at Earlham College more collaborative, efficient and visible. The projects modernized and reconfigured labs for optimal collaboration between chemistry, biology and biochemistry, better reflecting the way science is conducted today and giving students more opportunities to participate in research across the disciplines. This is the first of a three-phase science building initiative repesenting an investment of more than $30 million.

The world is our laboratory and the laboratory is our world

Earlham is a leader in student-centered classrooms. Our students engage in research projects of their own design from the very first biology course and classroom activities include problem-based learning and making connections between the biology being learned and students’ lives. Our approach produces graduates ready to participate in the 21st century job market in which collaboration, team leadership, integrative thinking and problem solving are necessary skills. Those going on to graduate programs are exceptionally well-prepared not only because they have deep knowledge but also because they have developed the skills of professional biologists. 

Earlham students participate in field research opportunities with professors in Tanzania, New Zealand, Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands or the Amazon. They collaborate on laboratory research funded by the National Science Foundation, and land summer positions in laboratories at top research institutions, often mentored by our own alumni.

Earlham ranks in the top ten in the U.S. for the percentage of our graduates who earn doctorates in the life sciences. Our alumni have high placement rates in medical school and other health science programs. They are doctors, researchers, educators – and even adventure travel guides. Regardless of the path they follow, our biology majors are well prepared to face the problems of the world and be a part of forging solutions.

Special Learning Opportunities

We offer science-focused international experiences in such places as Bahamas, Borneo, Galapagos, New Zealand, Peru and Tanzania. They also participate in field research in U.S. locations like Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Nebraska and Texas.

Many students spend their summers working in research settings in labs either at Earlham or at major universities like Harvard and Northwestern.

Students gain practical experience at the Joseph Moore Museum of Natural History, where students can volunteer, explore, and work in numerous outreach opportunities.

We offer training in contemporary scientific equipment and modern approaches to solve complex problems, including bioinformatics, next generation sequencing, microsatellite analysis, and geographic information systems (GIS).

Outcomes

Recent graduates have earned prestigious post-graduate fellowships including National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships, Fulbright Grants and Watson Fellowships.

Our alumni have found work in zoos, museums, with state and federal government, with major corporations, and as educators.

Earlham biology majors have followed a variety of career paths including serving as faculty at major research universities and at liberal arts colleges, researchers at national laboratories such as the NIH and EPA, nursing, public health officials, state conservation agencies, and pharmaceutical companies.

Related Programs

Earlhamites in Biology

Elizabeth Richards
Summer Research at Harvard

Encouraged by Earlham professors Bob Rosenberg and Peter Blair (both in biology), biochemistry major Elizabeth Richards ’14 spent a summer in the Frank Sacks Lab at the Harvard School of Public Health studying cardiovascular disease.

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Chelsea Blake
An NSF Grant to Study Invasive Predators

Chelsea Blake '08 is exploring the effects of invasive predator species on native prey species, an area of inquiry that allows her to combine her interests in behavioral ecology and conservation.

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Distinctively Earlham
Our biology students do real science beginning in their first semester. They have many opportunities for experiential learning both in the laboratory and in the field.

 

#10 nationally for the percentage of our graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the life sciences.
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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
47374-4095
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