Through funded independent projects with faculty members, Hamilton provides an increasing number of opportunities for our students to engage in significant career-related experience and often publishable research.
Bristol and Schambach Scholars Program
Students selected to these programs, honoring William M. Bristol, Class of 1917 and Hans H. Schambach, Class of 1943, are chosen from each entering first-year class to Hamilton College representing the highest level of personal and academic achievement. Schambach scholarships are awarded to residents of New York State and Bristol scholarships are awarded to non-New York State residents. The selection committee, which includes Hamilton faculty members, looks to enroll an equal number of Bristol and Schambach recipients each year, usually around five of each.
Typically, recipients will be in the top five percent of their high school class with equally outstanding standardized testing and intellectual curiosity. The committee also looks for demonstrated leadership, community involvement, and academic passion. There is no separate application process to be considered for the program, students need only apply to Hamilton.
benefits of this distinguished honor
- Should you qualify for financial aid, your full demonstrated need will be met completely for each of your four years without any loan.
- The opportunity to apply for a research stipend of up to $4,000. The stipend project is an endeavor separate from traditional coursework but pursued under the advisement of a professor. The project culminates in an opportunity for recipients to present their experiences and findings at a professional academic conference or to the Hamilton community.
- Membership in a select group of scholars with similarly outstanding achievements, with access to a faculty advisor who helps them navigate the submission of stipend proposals, and is generally committed to enriching the academic experience for those in the scholars programs.
- Guaranteed housing in Hamilton’s wellness residence halls, or placement in Hamilton's REAL (Residential Engagement in Academic Life) Program, if desired.
- The full cost of music lessons (for academic credit) is covered by the College.
Students have the opportunity to complete their research/exploration project any time between the summer after sophomore year and winter break of senior year.
A Sampling of Recent Scholar Projects
Chris Bousquet ’16 conducted a project titled “Eigen-Grades: Determining the Best Assessment of Knowledge.” He explored how IQ and aptitude tests work, and researched the application of eigenvectors and eigenvalues in judging general knowledge.
Margaret Coleman ’16 conducted a project titled “Women in the Technology Field in Spain.” She travelled to Barcelona, the Silicon Valley of Spain, and interviewed women working in tech startups about their experiences in technology fields.
Ryan Sutyla ’16 conducted a project titled “The Many Ingredients of Healthy Cooking and Eating.” He spent time at the Culinary Institute of America and with a corporation that focuses on nutrition education to better understand what goes into healthy cooking and a healthy lifestyle.
Emma Bowman ’15 conducted a project titled “Spoken Word in the Modern World.” She visited spoken word performances in four major cities in the U.S. and interviewed poets and audience members about the spoken word movement.
Jessica Harper ’15 conducted a project titled “Public Health in Ghana: Volunteering Abroad with Unite for Sight.” She spent a month in Ghana volunteering with eye clinics and engaging with Ghanaians and medical professionals on eye health issues.
Peter Laciano ’13 conducted a project titled “An Immigrant’s Tale: Rediscovering My Italian and Albanian Heritage.” He used the stipend to visit and interview distant relatives in France and Italy about his family history and broader immigration experiences.
Evan Van Tassell ’13 conducted a project titled “Truth in Numbers: Explorations in Math and Film.” He created four short films that explored theoretical mathematical topics as a way of analyzing and understanding our world.