Students at Gordon are adventuresome and intellectually curious. With faculty encouragement and mentoring, they conduct original research in a variety of fields, resulting in paper publications, research presentations, art installations and film features. These experiences are richly rewarding in themselves but also open doors to graduate study, to entrepreneurial and humanitarian opportunities, and—as many alumni can attest—to a lifelong love of learning.
Gordon encourages undergraduate research in many ways, both formal and informal. A flagship event each year is the Undergraduate Research Symposium, at which biology, chemistry, kinesiology, mathematics, philosophy, physics, and psychology students present their work to the Gordon community.
"The highlight is always hearing the students explain their projects, their hypotheses and their methods," says Provost Mark Sargent. "I always come away impressed at the blend of creativity and discipline in their research."
Photo: Kristen Entwistle '12 is a chemistry and biology double major, holding the catalyst of TAML for one of her two research projects on display.