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Research Excellence and Opportunity

Investigate, innovate and inspire

Across disciplines and campus, students and faculty alike are on the leading edge of research.

Our founder, Mary Lyon, was a chemist who encouraged Mount Holyoke’s earliest students to learn by getting out of the classroom and into the real world. Today, that inquisitive spirit is still in our DNA, and it’s why we are driven to make research possible for scholars of all levels and disciplines. Whether students are in the classroom, laboratory or out in the world, we provide opportunities for them to pursue their own research interests while supporting faculty with the resources to expand and deepen theirs.

Research on campus

From weather- and water-sampling stations to ecological field sites, our campus is a living laboratory. It’s just one example of the innovative research spaces you’ll find here, which balance leading-edge resources and equipment with accessibility and community.

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Campus Living Laboratory

We use our 700 acres to investigate natural and built environments, with opportunities for multidisciplinary research in biology, ecology, sustainability and environmental history.

Explore the Campus Living Laboratory
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Science Center

In facilities ranked among the best in the U.S. per the 2019 Princeton Review, you can gain practical experience with sophisticated equipment as early as your first year.

Discover the science center
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Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS)

LITS combines research support with library materials and technology, resulting in a valuable resource hub for students and faculty alike.

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Collage Archives and Special Collections

Trace the history of Mount Holyoke and explore a range of special collection materials from 276 A.D. to the 1980s.

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Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Enjoy direct engagement with rich collections of art and material culture for research. The permanent collections of the Art Museum and its subsidiary, the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, include more than 24,000 works of art, decorative art and material and visual culture from around the world and through time.

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Campus Voices

Student research in action

Happening at Mount Holyoke

Faculty research in the news

KC Haydon’s research suggests that cannabis users aren’t as good as they think they are when it comes to dealing with conflicts in their relationships.

Mount Holyoke professor Mark McMenamin seeks clues to the valley’s Jurassic past hidden away in fossilized bones.

David Hernández, associate professor of Latina/o studies at Mount Holyoke, discusses the biases against Black and Muslim applicants for U.S. citizenship.

Recent faculty/student published research

Publication

Church JS, Renzelman ML [MHC ’20], Schwartzer JJ. Ten-week high fat and high sugar diets in mice alter gut-brain axis cytokines in a sex-dependent manner. J Nutr Biochem. 2022 Feb;100:108903.


Publication

A paper authored by Corey Flanders, alum Saachi Khanpur, and student Rose Fitzgerald on intersectional stigma and sexual health among sexual and gender minority women was recently published in Current Sexual Health Reports. 

Flanders, C. E., Khandpur, S., & Fitzgerald, R. (2022). Intersectional stigma and sexual health among sexual and gender minority women. Current Sexual Health Reports, 14, 190-199. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11930-022-00338-7


Publication

A paper led by Corey Flanders and alums, Mya Wright and Saachi Khanpur, on experiences of sexual violence among an intersectional sample of young bi+ people was recently published in the Journal of Bisexuality.

Flanders, C. E., Wright, M. N., Khandpur, S., Kuhn, S. K., Anderson, R. E., Robinson, M., & VanKim, N. (2022). A quantitative intersectional exploration of sexual violence and mental health among bi+ people: Looking within and across race and gender. Journal of Bisexuality, 22(4), 485-512. https://doi.org/10.1080/15299716.2022.2116515


Honor

R. Lijek with Mount Holyoke student co-authors M. Dresler, E. Webster, L. Berclaz, S. Breen, D. Hardrick, A. Taylor, J. Graham, and K. Seiger, presented research on Chlamydia pathogenesis and vaccines at the 2022 Gordon Research Conference on Microbial Toxins and Pathogenicity.


Honor

Paleontology lab has discovered the first direct evidence for coloration in a Permian vertebrate (approximately 280 million years old). Students from the Spring 2022 Geol 116 Art in Paleontology class contributed to this study.