Franklin & Marshall College Franklin & Marshall College

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Scientific Instrumentation

Undergraduates obtain hands-on experience with the state-of-the-art

Student involvement in research and the mentoring of individual students by members of the faculty are as important to our program as classroom teaching. We are committed to making the use of advanced research instrumentation an integral part of the undergraduate experience. Our students have access to research instrumentation that, at many schools, is only available to students at the graduate level.

Faculty and students from other Departments at Franklin & Marshall and from other institutions also use our facilities for their teaching and research. We have ongoing relationships with F&M's Departments of Chemistry and Physics, colleges in the Keck Geology Consortium, NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, and Armstrong World Industries.

Laboratory Facilities

Environmental Safety at F&M

Computer Facilities

 The Department has two computer workrooms - one dedicated to Macintosh platforms and the other to PC platforms. The Department maintains its own server to allow students and faculty to move files cross-platform. The computing workroom and the Remote Sensing and GIS Research Laboratory serve as the hub for geographical information system work. A large-format HP Design Jet Printer and a collection of digital devices and software support computing activities.

Library Facilities

 The Martin Library of the Sciences is immediately adjacent to the department. It has strong holdings of books, periodicals and maps in the geological and environmental sciences. As a depository library, it receives all U.S. Geological Maps and other relevant publications.

External Funding

 Average of Department's annual external support from the following sources: 

Federal $195,000
PA Chesapeake Bay Commission $109,000
Foundation $45,000
Industry $10,000
Other $20,000