The Senior Program

The Senior Program in geosciences is a two-semester course in which majors plan and pursue an independent senior project under the close supervision of at least one faculty member. The senior project is an integrating, culminating experience that draws on the skills and knowledge acquired in the first three years; for many students, it represents graduate-level work.

Recent projects in geosciences include:

  • The New York State Fossil: An Educational Booklet on Eurypterus remipes
  • The Effect of Differential Evaporation on the Isotopic Enrichment of Soil Water in a Well-Drained Dune System at the Squadrito Farm, Rome Sand Plains, NY
  • Determining the Source of Salt Water in Groundwater in Vernon Center, New York
  • Linking Geochemistry and Geology in Interpreting Anthropogenic Sediments: X-Ray Fluorescence and Mass Spectrometry Analysis of Soils from the Bridge River Archaeological Site, British Columbia
  • Reconnaissance Mapping of Faults, Synclines, Anticlines, and Smaller Structures in the Minia Formation Northwest of Assiut, Western Desert, Egypt
  • The Interaction of Surface Water and Groundwater in Oriskany Creek, Clinton, New York
  • Beach Erosion and Restoration Projects at Cape May Point, New Jersey
  • Sediment Transport in the New York State Barge Canal: Sedimentary Processes and the Role of Fish Creek Along Oneida Lake’s Eastern Shore
  • Raman Spectroscopy and its Mineralogical Applications
  • Coastal Protection in Avalon, New Jersey: Hard and Soft Structuring from 2005 to 2014
  • Structural Analysis of the Peculiar Terrain Using High Resolution Satellite Imagery Near Farafra Oasis, Egypt
  • Expedition Geology: Designing a Wilderness Based Course to Teach Coastal Geology and Field Mapping Techniques
  • Geochemical and Mineralogical Analysis of Kimberlitic Dikes Exposed Along Six Mile Creek, Ithaca, NY
  • Sources of Nutrients in a Kettle Lake, Madison, New York
  • Paleohydrologic Evolution of Eocene Lake Systems in the Washakie and Piceance Basins, Wyoming and Colorado
  • Rusophycus in the Herkimer Formation Building Materials on the Hamilton College Campus
  • Paleoclimate Reconstruction of the Great Bahamas Bank: An Isotope Analysis of Calcium Carbonates in Eleuthera, Bahamas
  • Testing the Relationship Between Elevation and Stable Isotope Composition of Meteoric Water: A Paleoaltimetry Study in the Central Rocky Mountains of Colorado