Houghton has established an undergraduate Summer Research Institute which brings together motivated physics, chemistry, biology, math and computer science students into a more intense research environment.
The Summer Research Institute allows students to interact with faculty in a much more collaborative sense than in the classroom setting. This hands-on, application-driven program benefits both students and faculty with deeper understanding of the specific subject of research and with an opportunity to combine skills learned in all facets of math and science toward a single goal.
Houghton College is well known for providing quality education in science and math. One feature of our science and math programs is close working relationships between faculty and students, both inside and outside the classroom. Teaching is not just delivering content to our students, but a continuous intellectual exchange between the two parties. It is this bidirectional flow of ideas that provides an ideal environment for learning. It is through this process that professors learn how to teach and students learn how to learn.
Quality undergraduate instruction cannot be confined to the study of well-established theories. It needs to touch the frontiers of different branches of science and math in order to provide our students with a clear vision for the future. It is for this purpose we have established the Houghton Summer Research Institute. In this institute, faculty and students will work together on research projects to provide our students with learning through research. Students must apply the knowledge learned from different courses to a single problem, thereby deepening their understanding of their academic disciplines. It is the collaborative nature of the research that provides mutual benefits to our faculty and students.
Director of Houghton Summer Research Institute
Professor of Biochemistry