Making a Difference
Each summer, some of our select science majors get paid to spend warm days standing knee-deep in Vermont mountain streams.
But this is no summer vacation. These students are part of a highly competitive academic program; the Vermont EpScor Streams Project offers undergrads the chance to do graduate-level research and collect data used in policy-making. Some of this research is headquartered at Saint Michael’s, where biology professor Declan McCabe oversees students “gathering data that end up being used in the real world.”
Other summer projects included performing new nervous system research on two leech species, tracking disease by monitoring chemical tags in diabetic silkworms, and inventorying species in the Camp Johnson woods prior to a controlled burn.
Summer research is just one of the ways our students benefit from faculty dedicated to teaching. Our small classes, commitment to real-life experience and rigorous academics all contribute to students who graduate with marketable skills and an education for life.