Hannah Meier ’21 examines how a colony of phytoplankton responds to sudden spikes in water temperature.

Hannah Meier ’21 examines how a colony of phytoplankton responds to sudden spikes in water temperature.

Put It To the Test

From black holes to hungry microbes, research at Reed College is heating up.

By Chris Lydgate ’90 | December 17, 2021

Measuring the mass of black holes. Probing the secrets of the cell. Disentangling the linguistic frames that stoke prejudice. Those are just some of the scores of projects that students tackled last summer, thanks to a renewed emphasis on research at Reed.

Whether it involves test tubes or manuscripts, research is fundamental to every discipline. But it also has striking benefits for undergrads. A growing body of evidence shows that those who do research get better at overcoming obstacles, thinking independently, and understanding how knowledge is constructed. And 83% of potential employers believe that developing research skills in college will help grads succeed in their careers, according to a study by the Association of American Colleges & Universities.

With the help of alumni, parents, and foundations, Reed College is building an extensive system to provide students with outstanding opportunities to pursue research, including departmental fellowships, opportunity grants, research grants, internships, and creative fellowships.

Check out some of the amazing projects Reed students and professors have been pursuing.  

Life and Death in a Drop of Water

Reed College biologists focus on phytoplankton for clues to ecological resilience and adaptation.

The Shape of Things To Come

Prof. Derek Applewhite and students in his Reed College lab investigate how cells get their structure.

Black Holes and Stellar Observations

Reed College astrophysicists devise new way to calculate the mass of black holes in distant galaxies.

Germs that Eat Plastic

Reed biologists are on a quest to unlock the secrets of bacteria that can break down plastic pollution.

Through the Looking Glass

Grant from Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation brings cutting-edge microscope to Reed.

Headlines and Political Bias

Less inflammatory headlines may be the way out of the partisan echo chamber.



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