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Students in a lab in the Science Center. The Office of Undergraduate Research supports students who hope to pursue faculty-guided research.

Office of Undergraduate Research Provides Unique Opportunities for Students

February 28, 2020

The cornerstone of many students’ undergraduate careers is the opportunity to pursue independent research while guided by faculty members who are experts in their fields. The Office of Undergraduate Research offers a variety of programs and events that support faculty-assisted student research, and is currently accepting abstracts through March 8 for the Undergraduate Research Symposium, which will take place May 1–2. Associate Professor of Neuroscience Leslie Kwakye, OC ’06, took over the...

Zachary Vaughn

In The Locker Room with Zachary Vaughn, Junior Tennis Player, Undergraduate Research Fellow, and STEM Student

April 19, 2019

Like many Oberlin student-athletes, College junior Zachary Vaughn has his hands full. When the Chemistry major and Math minor isn’t in the lab conducting research or doing work for class, he can be found on the tennis courts competing in both doubles and singles matches. His athletic feats did not go unnoticed last year — he was an All-NCAC Honorable Mention selection and has now taken on a leadership role on the men’s tennis team, in light of the team being particularly young this y...

Kaitlyn Rivers

Kaitlyn Rivers, Chair of Black Scientists Guild

February 8, 2019

College junior Kaitlyn Rivers is Biology major interested in marine science and conservation. Originally from Florida, Rivers is also the chair of Oberlin’s Black Scientists Guild, a campus organization dedicated to supporting Black students in STEM fields that have historically been dominated by white scientists. As chair, Rivers hopes to build community between Black science students at Oberlin, help them connect with alumni, and help them explore career possibilities. In honor of Black History...

Karen G. Fleming

Off The Cuff: Karen G. Fleming, Professor

October 12, 2018

Karen G. Fleming is a Biophysics Professor at Johns Hopkins University. She frequently speaks at universities across the nation about fostering a more supportive environment for women and people of color in the STEM fields. In recognition of her work, Fleming received an award from Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council in 2015. Fleming visited Oberlin last Wednesday to present her talk, “#WeCanBeBetter: Bystander Intervention as a Tool for Achieving Equity in STEM,” which details ...



October 5, 2018

Emily Pentzer gives the plenary lecture at the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department's Meeting-In-Miniature Wednesday.

Chemistry Students Showcase Research at Meeting-In-Miniature Symposium

March 30, 2018

Oberlin Chemistry students presented their research findings for the annual Meeting-In-Miniature Wednesday. This event, both a presentation symposium and networking opportunity, was sponsored by Oberlin’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the Cleveland branch of the American Chemical Society. Oberlin, the host of this year’s event, gave seven students the opportunity to feature their work alongside graduate and undergraduate students from local institutions. College juniors Alys...

Feature Photo: Community Showcases Student Research

Feature Photo: Community Showcases Student Research

November 3, 2017

College sophomore Alyssa Altheimer speaks to students about her project titled “The Effect of HMB on C2C12 Cells” at the Celebration of Undergraduate Research. The celebration — which included two sets of poster presentations from 6–7:30 p.m. last Friday — highlighted student research projects from summer 2017 and was open to all College and community members. Altheimer presented her research in the Science Center with about 90 other students who conducted their work at the College and...

Off the Cuff: Rebecca Whelan, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Elizabeth Dobbins, Staff Writer

September 20, 2013

How did you get into your field? When I was in high school I thought that I wanted to be a doctor because I thought, like a lot of young people, I wanted to help people. I had some experiences going to the pediatrician and not having a very fun experience because the doctor [was] not a lot of fun so I thought, I want to become the kind of pediatrician that kids want to go to see. In preparation for that medical career I started taking as many science classes as I could and in my sophomore year of high school I took my first chemistry class. The teacher was an absolutely brilliant explainer who clearly loved chemistry. And I remember one day he passed around a ball and stick model of sodium chloride, just a really...

New Quantitative Center Makes Sciences Accessible

Kristopher Fraser

September 13, 2013

For the past several years, campus has been home to the Writing Center, an outlet for students to convene and work on their essays alongside trained writing assistants. Given Oberlin’s plethora of writing-intensive courses, this center has proved useful to students of all departments. However, what the College has in terms of writing assistance it severely lacks when it comes to assistance in quantitative proficiency — an issue that, until now, has gone unaddressed. This year will be the first that students will be able to get support specifically focused on sciences and mathematics. College junior and computer science  major Eli Rose, who is a tutor in the Quantitative Skills Center, says that the center is...

Op-Ed: Intro Science Courses Require Revision

Chip Williams

May 13, 2013

Imagine that a group of people have taken it upon themselves to design the curriculum of a new liberal arts college. These people are totally ignorant of the course offerings and distribution requirements in effect at existing liberal arts colleges, but they have access to what such schools say about their missions and purposes. They would see that these institutions claim that all of their graduates, regardless of major, are broadly educated in the liberal arts and sciences, and instilled with the skills of “critical thinking.” When the curriculum-designers turned to the problem of designing first-year course offerings in the sciences, it would become clear to them that there would be two general classes of students...

Inaugural Lab Crawl Showcases Science Center Labs

Victor Zheng

May 3, 2013

The inaugural Lab Crawl took place today in the Science Center, intending to showcase the best of the science departments. Lab Crawl was instituted as a means to show the science building to anyone unfamiliar with it. Emily Gazda, OC ’11, the administrative assistant of the Center for Learning, Education and Research in the Sciences, was one of the primary organizers of the event. “It’s a way to increase [the] visibility of science research that’s going on around campus,” said Gazda.  “The idea is to increase exposure for people who are interested in doing research but don’t really know how to go about it.” Marcelo Vinces, the director of CLEAR, agreed that Lab Crawl is a way to show the Science...

Off the Cuff with Amy Parish, Darwinian Feminist

Elizabeth Dobbins, Staff Writer

April 26, 2013

What is Darwinian feminism? Traditionally there’s been some antagonism between academics who call themselves feminists and those working on an evolutionary perspective as it applies to human behavior, because there’s an assumption that if something is natural that you’re saying … that somehow it’s cemented in stone. And I think feminists often have a problem with what they perceive in biology to be essentialism, so saying that all males are a particular way, … that’s actually a misunderstanding. Actually, what biology does is it looks at variation: Why do you see extreme patriarchy in one environment? Why do you see more female power under a different set of environmental or ecological circumstances? U...

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