How We Learn
Whether presenting research on producing and studying unstable nuclei at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, or examining the process of living cell generation in the red salamander, Ursinus students are at the forefront. The willingness of faculty to guide and nurture independent research attracts a singular type of student interested in this formative experience that is often not attainable until graduate school.
Ursinus fosters the development of critical thinking and refines the written and oral communication skills that are so important to the work of a researcher. New and improved facilities could inspire a greater level of success among our future classes, but it is what Ursinus offers in terms of a history of academic intensity, exposure, and cultivation of creative thought that defines the College.
Ursinus seniors and juniors travel to California, Florida and Chicago to present their research and are sometimes the only undergraduates participating. They spend months studying cultures abroad and work in the fields and farms of Pennsylvania to identify pests that may preclude a need for chemical insecticides. Our students commit themselves, studying for entire summers for the sake of their research. What makes them so passionate, competitive and devoted to their work? Ursinus offers something different. We have proven through our robust numbers of Ph.D. candidates that sophisticated research is done at a small liberal arts college.