Distinctiveness Across Disciplines 

At F&M, the cornerstone of the educational experience we offer is students working side-by-side with faculty who want to help them test ideas, not just talk or read about them. These are not experiences students have to wait until graduate school to pursue. It's a core part of what we do.

More than 50 percent of F&M seniors participate in an independent study or self-designed major, far more than students at other leading national liberal arts colleges. Our students develop intellectual skills and have real-life experiences that serve them well beyond graduation.

 Student Research at F&M

A centerpiece of faculty and student joint research at Franklin & Marshall is the Hackman Summer Scholars program,  funded in part by an endowment created by an alumnus, William Hackman of the Class of 1939, and his wife, Lucille.

The program involves 60 to 70 students working side-by-side each summer with more than 30 faculty members across campus in innovative projects that span the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and the arts.

The 10-week period of intense research allows for focused attention on a problem and sometimes results in co-authorship of a publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Some students have had as many as six co-authored publications from their F&M research.

Story 10/24/2019

Autumn Research Fair 2019: In Scientific Research, Failure...

Scientific inquiry sometimes means discovering an untested hypothesis is wrong, which is what senior James Fahey spent eight months investigating in Franklin & Marshall College’s chemistry labs. 

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Story 10/23/2019

Autumn Research Fair 2019: Student Explores Taoist...

Deeply curious about China’s culture, F&M senior Paige Alexander spent her junior year in Beijing to engage the language through an immersion program and to research art, architecture and religion.

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Story 10/22/2019

Autumn Research Fair 2019: Quantum Optics in an...

When Jill Ireland decided to leave Nashua, N.H., to attend Franklin & Marshall College, she didn’t know that she would soon be engaged in research that would have a significant effect on the learning...

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