prospective science student should ask….
answers for the Natural Science Division at Hope College
College, learning science is doing science. Compare this to what you find at other
schools by asking:
- How are your introductory science
- Who teaches the labs? Who grades the lab books?
College, faculty teach all of our
courses AND all of our labs. Labs are
investigative rather than canned procedures.
Faculty, rather than student teaching assistants, personally grade all
lab notebooks, giving each student valuable feedback.
College, computer labs are an
integral part of all of our introductory courses in mathematics and
science. A chemistry professor and a
student at Hope College
developed DISCUS, an electronic discussion board currently used by over 50,000
customers worldwide, including many professors at Hope
College. Two more computer science students developed
a web site named Slashdot “News for Nerds. Stuff that matters”
which provide articles and blogs on technology
institution recognized nationally for your science and
College, several of our faculty has
received funds from the National Science Foundation to support the development
of innovative courses and cutting edge equipment. One of our biology professors received a
national teaching award presented at the White House. Every month, there is someone giving a talk
or poster presentation at a national conference about courses that we teach at Hope
- What opportunities do science and
math students have for doing research?
What percent of the faculty in
the science division are doing research with students during the academic year?
During the summer?
What percent of
the students, particularly those interested in going to graduate school, do
research during their college career?
College, we typically have over 100
students doing research in the Natural Sciences Division. During the academic year
many of these students continue to do research with their faculty mentor. Over 70% of our science faculty is research
active in both the academic year and the summer. 85% of our
graduating seniors have done research with a professor, including 30% of those that
go to graduate school, and 35% professional school.
o Are Students paid for doing
research during the summer? Are students paid to attend national conferences where they
present their work?
research students receive a stipend comparable to what students often make in a
summer job. In addition to getting paid, students receive reduced-cost housing on
campus and free travel to national conferences to present the results of their
work. About 20% students from other
colleges do summer research here with our faculty-an opportunity that is
readily available to Hope College
o What percentage of the students doing research becomes a co-author on a
paper while they are an undergraduate?
Doing research at Hope College
means finding unknown answers to significant questions, frequently resulting in
publishable work and making direct contributions to science. In fact, more than 20% of our students author
at least one publication based on research performed before they graduate.
o Is your institution nationally recognized for doing research with undergraduates?
College was ranked 4th in the nation for undergraduate research by
the U.S. News and World Report in 2003. Hope
College is also the only liberal
arts institution in the nation to have six Research
Experiences for Undergraduates grants from the National Science
College is one of only ten liberal
art institutions to receive the Award for
the Integration of Research and Education presented from the National
Science Foundation. The College has
received three grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to promote
collaborative and interdisciplinary student-faculty research and learning.
- What internship and off-campus opportunities are
o What percentage of the students do an
internship with a company or study off-campus while they are an undergraduate?
College, typically 15% of our
science and math majors do an internship sometime during their college
career. This includes a number of the
students who go directly into the workforce upon graduation. While at Hope, students have done internships
at Pfizer, Pharmacia-Upjohn, Johnson Controls, Magna Donnelly, Gentex,
Environmental Resources Management, Amway, Innotec, Zeeland
Chemical, among others. Several of our
students study off-campus either during the academic year or
the summer. For our science
students over the past few years, these opportunities have included Spain,
and even Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee.
- What experiences are available for students interested
College, all of our education
courses include a field placement. From
the very first education course, students are in the elementary or secondary
classroom observing, aiding, and learning.
We also have designated summer research positions supported by the
College and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant for students interested in
teaching. These research positions
include an additional component requiring students to reflect on how the
research experience is connected to their future
classroom teaching. Education
summer research students may learn how to develop a course, how to
structure materials for the appropriate level, how to create educational
materials, or how to create investigative labs.
Normally, several high school teachers are involved in Hope’s summer
research program and this gives our education students an opportunity to
interact and work with current teachers.
Each summer, we hire two to four Hope
College education students to help
run 11 or more workshops for kids age 6 to 16 on topics ranging from chemistry
to mathematics to physics.
- What experiences are available for students interested
in the health professions?
o What percentage of the students that apply to
medical school actually get in?
College, typically 25% of our
graduating seniors apply to medical school.
Our acceptance rate over a 10 year period is 85%
and our majors go on to study medicine at Michigan,
Michigan State, Wayne
State, and a variety of
out-of-state medical schools.
o What other types of opportunities are available in the health
professions for Hope Students?
recently revised our Nursing Program, creating a hands-on, investigative,
field-based curriculum that is unique in Michigan. Nursing students have opportunities to
collaborate with faculty on ongoing research projects. Students do community based field assignments
beginning their junior year.
- What awards do your current
students or recent graduates receive?
College, since 2000 we have 2 students who have received a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater scholarship and
one honorable mention. This
scholarship is awarded to 323 students nationally
each year. We have 6 students who received a National Science Foundation fellowship over the same period which
are awarded to 900 students nationally each year.
College is an institution where learning
science is doing science. While a few institutions can answer some of the above questions in
a comparable fashion, there is no other school as rich in integrating student
investigative experiences in general education courses as well as majors
courses; off-campus opportunities as well as on-campus labs; research
experiences for the graduate school bound student as well as research
experiences for the student planning on teaching.