Undergrad Research

More than 60% of our biology students are actively engaged in a research or field study project each semester, both on-campus in state-of-the-art labs and off-campus with local scientists and doctors, getting the hands-on experience that makes them stand out in the job market.

Hobart and William Smith students benefit from the Colleges' long and valuable relationship with Cornell's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, located right in Geneva. Our students work and study alongside Experiment Station scientists during the school year and summer, gaining significant exposure to applied research while making important contributions to experiment station projects.

Students interested in pursuing careers in medicine also have access to clinical internships, skill training and direct patient care experiences through a special partnership with Finger Lakes Health, a local health system with 75 staff physicians and a broad range of primary and specialty services located just one mile from campus.

Here's a recent sampling of what some of our students are working on:

  • Kayleigh Buffington '17: Head-to-head competition with light-based traps.
  • Namita Neerukonda '17: Biological evaluation of simplified analogs of Protein Kinase C inhibitor staurosporine.
  • Madison Sutton '17:  Estimating daily mass changes in migrant warblers: Are patterns consistent over time?
  • Nicolette Andrzejczyk '16: Effects of estrogen mimics on the feminization of blacknose dace in the Seneca Lake watershed.
  • Katrin Ayer '16: Investigation of factors involved in DMI and QoI fungicide practical resistance in Malus domestica 'Empire,' 'Joagold,' 'MacIntosh' and 'Cortland.'
  • Madeline Balman '16: Evolution of salamander movement behavior in response to roads.
  • Shay Callahan '16: Effects of land use history on movement behavior of woodland salamanders
  • Rachel Catlin '16: Using Cultured Neurons to Study Free Radical Attacks on the Cytoskeleton
  • Alex Gatch '16: Age and Size as Predictors of Mercury Accumulation in Lake Trout from the Finger Lakes.
  • Rachel Hughes '16: Diversity of soil invertebrates in agricultural soils.
  • Elizabeth Lunderman '16: Plastome evolution and molecular phylogenetics of Alyxieae (Apocynaceae).
  • Kate Mendez '16: Novel detection methods of non-native species in the Finger Lakes.
  • Caitlin Maloney '16: The effect of tillage on soil invertebrate communities in soybean fields.
  • Joseph Sanders. '16:  Energetic condition of migrating warblers: Evidence of annual variation during spring migration.
  • Fatima Saravia '16: Examining the function of unique bacterial chemotaxis residues.
  • Lauren Walter '16: Comparative genomic analysis of Apocynaceae plastomes.
  • Carter Brown '15:  An analysis of migratory night calls during fall migration at the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory.
  • Stephanie Cramer '15: Examining the amino acids in putative bacterial motility receptors. 
  • Kathryn Dormans '15: Wing development in the little brown bat using MicroCT scanning.
  • Stephen Enos '15:  FK228 (Romidepsin) Analog "JB" as an Apoptosis Inducer in p53 Deficient U937 Cells.
  • Alison McCarthy '15: Impacts of forest edge effects on behavior of red-backed salamanders.
  • Scott McMorris '15: The development of the inner ear region in little brown bats using 3D microCT scanning.
  • Caitlyn Mitchell '15: Testing Xyzistatin, a novel depsipeptide, for histone deacetylase inhibitor activity on cancer cells.
  • Kevin Moore '15: Behavioral response of male European corn borer moths to mixtures of European and Asian corn borer sex pheromones: a crtical stage in the evolution of a new communication system.
  • Amanda Rappaport '15: Mating decisions: Alternate courtship strategies and sexual conflict in Drosophila sulfurigaster. 
  • Nick Steijn '15: Winter diet studies of Hemimysis anomala.
  • Kaitley Wozer '15: Phytophthora infestans detection and Race studies to squelch late blight disease in tomato plants.
  • Shannon Beston '14: Ecological Effects of Uvulifer ambloplitis on stream health in the Seneca lake watershed.
  • Beth Cole '14: Mating behavior of Thelytokous Thrips tabaci and its fitness cost.
  • Guanqun Li '14: The role of chvB in attachment, HR, necrosis and biocontrol.
  • Sam Knopka '14: Spatial distribution of a terrestrial salamander along a forest fragmentation gradient.
  • Dona Occhipinti '14:  Hearts of K-channel interacting protein 2 deficient mice have prolonged action potential duration and reduced outward potassium currents.
  • Nate Martin '13: Behavioral response of male European corn borer moths to mixtures of European and Asian corn borer sex pheromones: A critical stage in the evolution of a new communication system.
  • Stephen Mugel '13: The social influences of male courtship: Competition, female quality, and indications of female selectivity.
  • Matt Paufve '13: Effects of temperature on prey selection and feeding of the Bloody red shirmp, an invader in Seneca Lake.
  • Stephanie Roback '13: Experiencing Cultural Difference in a Senegalese Health Clinic.
  • Deepak Vallabhaneni '13:  Anti-cancer activity of HDAC inhibitors on U937 lymphoma cells.
  • Augusta Williams '13: An analysis of migratory night calls during fall migration at Geneva, NY.
  • Elijah Gleason '12: One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish. A study of the correlation between macroinvertebrate water quality tests and fish community dynamics.
  • Joan Hilton '12: Urbanization impacts on stream health in Castle creek.
  • Derek Weiss '12: Finger Lakes stream monitoring network: A tale of Castle creek.

Get Involved


The Biology Club, Pre-Health Professions Club and HWS EMS Team are student-run organizations that may be of interest to students studying biology.

For more information about these organizations or to learn about starting your own biology-themed club, contact Kristen Tobey ( in the Office of Student Activities.




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