Research & Fieldwork
At Whittier College, our student body works in close, active collaboration with professors who are leaders in their fields. Together, this team of learners conducts research projects that push the boundaries of knowledge and inquiry.
For example, select students support faculty members with their professional academic investigations. At other times, it is the faculty which assists the efforts of students in pursuing groundbreaking new research. As a result of these experiences, and with confidence in their own abilities, Whittier students regularly go on to participate in conferences (such as the Southern California Conference on Undergraduate Research) and other academic conclaves across the nation.
Students further interact with faculty members in programs that are part of the College’s Centers of Distinction and take place at Garrett and Hartley Faculty Masters' Houses, on-campus residences where professors live for a multi-year term and coordinate and host an array of educational and social activities.
While students at large universities struggle merely to gain face-time with professors, here at Whittier, students interact with the faculty personally and on a daily basis.
Academics in Action
Summer Research Advances Career Goals of Whittier Students
Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Programs (REUs) offer top Whittier College math and science majors the opportunity to spend summer months learning advanced research methods and preparing for work at the graduate level. With the help and mentorship of Whittier professors, students are able to secure spots in competitive programs. This year, juniors Melanie Peel (right) and Anastasia Bergara both traveled to Texas this summer--Peel to the University of Texas Marine Science Institute and Bergara to the Rice University Summer Institute on Statistics--to take on the challenge of an REU. Read more.