The Senior Program

At the core of the Senior Program in biology is the senior project, an intensive two-semester field or laboratory research project carried out in association with a faculty member. The project concludes with a written project and an oral presentation given in the second semester of the senior year. The senior project is an opportunity to synthesize and focus previous coursework. It culminates in an original work of scholarship that provides an in-depth examination of a particular empirical or theoretical issue.

The scope and variety of undergraduate research is indicated by the following examples of student projects in biology:

  • Investigating the relationship between diet-induced insulin resistance and sporadic AD pathology in Drosophila melanogaster
  • The effect of Garlic Mustard on oat plants: Examining mycorrhizal interactions
  • Garlic Mustard and its effects on Nematode communities
  • Assessing calbindin distribution in alligator pancreas
  • Apoptosis: An investigation of cell death during cardiogenesis and amniotic fusion in early chick development
  • Does invasive Garlic Mustard have trophic effects on salamanders and their prey in the Hamilton College forests?
  • An expansion upon the hygiene hypothesis: investigating the effects of H. bakeri infection on a Type I Diabetes mouse model
  • Untangling the ecology, taxonomy, and evolution of the Chaetogaster limnaei (Oligochaeta: Annelida) species complex
  • Metagenomic analysis of the microbial biodiversity of Green Lake's chemocline using Terminal Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphisms (T-RFLP)
  • Phylogenetic analysis of Nematodes using various molecular markers
  • Identifying cryptic species of Echinostoma spp. in Muskrats using molecular techniques
  • Further investigation of sexual reproduction in ectoparasite, Ichthyophthirius multifiliis
  • Soil microbial communities of invasive plant species and associated plant-soil biota feedback relationships
  • Does the invasive shrub Amur Honeysuckle increase the human risk of exposure to Lyme Disease?
  • The effect of Garlic Mustard on the above- and below-ground growth of oat plants
  • Expression, purification, and antibody production of Tyramine ß-hydroxylase related protein: An avenue towards function
  • Gonadectomy and androgen replacement therapy in mice: A study of androgen depletion on various body systems
  • Is apoptosis present in the late maturing mouse placenta?
  • Reconstructing the Eukaryotic Tree of Life using ribosomal proteins as molecular markers
  • Analysis of Mirex in Salmon River, New York Salmon
  • Metagenomic analysis of fungal life in the marine sediment of Hughes Bay, Antarctica
  • Molecular genetic analysis of bacterial colonies extracted from hydrocarbon contaminated and pristine Antarctic environments: RFLP and clone libraries
  • The expression of glycogen synthase kinase-3ß, Tau, and amyloid precursor protein in Alzheimer's Disease
  • Description of a new nematode species Gammarinema orconecti sp. nov., an associate of the crayfish Orconectes obscurus
  • PTU-induced hypothyroidism in mice
  • Expression, purification, and analysis of Drosophila melanogaster Tyramine ß-hydroxylase
  • Relationship between trophic ecology and radular wear patterns in four rocky intertidal snails
  • The effects of trampling on a bog community
  • Influence of leaf characteristics and plant chemicals on larval butterflies
  • The control of nitrogen metabolism in yeast
  • Mathematical modelling of ant-plant-herbivore mutualisms through cost-benefit analysis
  • Isolation of the Leu X-promoter region for Escherichia coli leucyl-tRNA synthetase
  • Photosynthetic induction responses in three species of Asteraceae
  • Apoptosis aids in chick hindgut morphogenesis
  • Gastrin release in the American alligator
  • AMP concentration influences amino acid uptake in Saccharomyces cerevisae