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Biology

You will conduct research alongside professors and receive the support you need to succeed. The emphasis on lab work and research means you will have many opportunities to learn outside the classroom. The skills you develop will help you wherever your studies take you.

Elisabeth MacColl ’16
Elisabeth MacColl ’16, right, with Dr. Raouf Kahlil, during her internship in the Khalil Laboratory in the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

A student’s accomplishments: A Goldwater scholarship and lots of lab time

Halfway into her Hamilton career, biology major Elisabeth MacColl ’16 had already logged serious research time, collected major academic honors and set her sights on a doctorate in molecular biology. She was a national Barry M. Goldwater Scholar for the 2014-15 academic year and earned the 2013 Benjamin Walworth Arnold Prize Scholarship as the class member with the best academic record, among other honors.

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A business career with a biology twist

Nick Richards ’12 has put his Hamilton College biology degree to use in a way he hadn’t envisioned when he settled on his major. He was a pre-med student doing very well academically when he realized during his junior year that medical school and a career as a physician weren’t for him. He stayed with biology because he enjoyed the courses but took a couple of economics courses and enjoyed them, too. He entered Hamilton’s business Pitch Competition (it was its first year) and was a runner-up. “By my senior year I know I was interested in consulting or finance,” he says. After graduation he enrolled in the four-week, highly intensive and competitive Tuck Business Bridge Program.

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