Hamilton's emphasis on discovery-based laboratory work and research means that courses provide practical, hands-on training, with many opportunities to learn outside the classroom:
- The Merck/American Association for the Advancement of Science program at Hamilton offers summer research stipends each year for projects in biology, chemistry and biochemistry.
- Additional funds for summer research are offered by the College's Summer Research Program as well as by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Dreyfus Foundation.
- Exceptional biochemistry students may also arrange to spend a semester at the National Institutes of Health.
- Independent study projects and the senior project offer further opportunities to do research during the academic year.
Biochemistry students are encouraged to pursue independent research, and they regularly collaborate with faculty members on projects that lead to publication in top research journals and presentations at scholarly conferences.