Research & Fieldwork

At Whittier College, our student body works in close, active collaboration with professors who are leaders in their fields. Together, this team of learners conducts research projects that push the boundaries of knowledge and inquiry.

For example, select students support faculty members with their professional academic investigations. At other times, it is the faculty which assists the efforts of students in pursuing groundbreaking new research. As a result of these experiences, and with confidence in their own abilities, Whittier students regularly go on to participate in conferences (such as the Southern California Conference on Undergraduate Research) and other academic conclaves across the nation.

Students further interact with faculty members in programs that are part of the College’s Centers of Distinction and take place at Garrett and Hartley Faculty Masters' Houses, on-campus residences where professors live for a multi-year term and coordinate and host an array of educational and social activities.

While students at large universities struggle merely to gain face-time with professors, here at Whittier, students interact with the faculty personally and on a daily basis.

Academics in Action

Stargazing and S’mores in
Joshua Tree National Park

I had just finished a long week of classes, work and papers. Finally, it was Friday. On this particular Friday I was anxious for work to end and the weekend to begin, because I was going to Star Party.

Star Party is an event the physics club puts on every semester to Joshua Tree National Park for some amazing star gazing. All 30-some students piled in an old fashioned school bus with our tents, sleeping bags, flashlights, guitars and s'more stuff. I knew most of the people going even though we had never formerly met. That is the nature of Whittier College, you know so many more people than you think you do just by association within the community. Read more.