Student Research and Engaged Learning

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Stand apart and grow through research

From the moment you arrive on campus, you have access to a wide range of opportunities to engage in undergraduate research and creative work that enriches your learning and enhances your career preparedness. You’ll be able to pursue your interests through class-based research, faculty mentored investigations, independent research, and creative inquiries across a variety of disciplines.

Elevate your degree and job prospects

When you participate in scholarly and creative work, you're not just adding to your resume—though employers and graduate schools will certainly take notice. You'll also cultivate a deeper understanding of your academic areas, become confident in your creativity and independence, build upon your communication skills, and develop strong mentoring relationships with professionals in your fields.

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I'm working with Professor Betsy Martinez-Vaz on a mutant research project. I'm really looking forward to it—Betsy is super passionate about what she does. So many students in the past have worked on this project, and all of our work is coming together.

April O'Meara '23, biology: Genetics; of Cottage Grove, Minnesota

Research and experiential learning in the classroom

Starting in your first semester, you’ll engage in inquiry-driven projects in a variety of disciplines, from studio artwork to laboratory research, from creative writing to public health research, and beyond. You’ll develop hands-on, career-relevant projects as part of your regular courses, solving real-life problems, creating scripts and artwork, collecting and analyzing data, and collaborating with researchers around the world.

Opportunities for research outside of the classroom

At Hamline, you'll not only engage in research in the classroom, but you'll also be able to pursue your area of interest in an independent project or as part of our summer collaborative research program.

Engage in summer collaborative research

No matter your area of study, you can participate in Hamline’s summer collaborative research program, where you’ll work one-on-one with faculty on interlinked research projects or work in teams on a range of faculty research projects. 

When you participate in summer collaborative research projects, you might:

  • Examine microbial flora for potential anti-cancer drugs
  • Develop policies on natural resource management
  • Investigate how genetics and environment influence human development across a lifetime
  • Use nanoscale materials to test methods of water quality monitoring in rural and urban communities

Pursue your passion with an independent project

You can develop and pursue your own projects with faculty support through independent studies, creative and capstone projects, honors theses, or study abroad.  

Highlights of recent projects include:

  • A faculty collaboration that studied the roots of mass shootings and designed programs to prevent school violence
  • Co-editing and publishing the BFA in creative writing’s annual award-winning undergraduate online literary magazine, Runestone
  • An examination of how movements for social change have invented communication methods that integrate journalism and performance to engage contemporary audiences
  • Traveling to field stations around the world to study the effects of climate change and the solutions that local governments have created

Present your work locally, regionally, and nationally

From Hamline events to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, you'll find many opportunities to showcase your research or creative work, further building your career skills and knowledge in your field.

Present at regional and national conferences

Hamline students present their work to the Hamline community, at the state level, and around the country. Hamline is one of the best-represented institutions at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and is frequently recognized by the Council on Undergraduate Research as one of the top institutions sending students to this conference. Many departments also support students in presenting their work at scholarly conferences throughout the academic year.

Present your work at Hamline events

Hamline recognizes the research and creative work students do both in their courses and independently, such as those done through a summer collaboration with faculty.

Hamline students in a lab
August 7 2023 / Newsroom

Hamline Awarded EPA Grant to Research Lead Detection in Drinking Water

Hamline University received a $24,975 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency this month to research enhanced methods of detecting lead ions in...
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April 5 2023 / Inside Hamline News

Exercise Science Program Announces Publication of Beetroot and Exercise Study

A research study conducted by HU students Alyssa (Ali) Eastman & Owen Sloop in the Integrative Physiology Lab was published in the Journal of...
Betsy Martinez Vaz and students
April 3 2023 / Inside Hamline News

Martinez-Vaz, Students Present at ASBMB Annual Meeting

Biology and Biochemistry Professor Betsy Martinez-Vaz , Anna Schultz '23, Lauryn Magwaro '23 and Hailee Aro '24 recently presented their research at...

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