Friday Afternoon with Lab Crawl

Oberlin's annual research open house celebrates the sciences—and much more.

October 30, 2023

Communications Staff

A person demonstrating on a whiteboard to students in a laboratory.
Lab Crawlers get an insider's look at a science lab on campus.
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones '97

Every fall at Oberlin, Lab Crawl shines a spotlight on research happening all over campus: across the sciences, but also in the humanities, the arts, the conservatory, and elsewhere. This year, Lab Crawl drew what may be the largest crowd in the event’s illustrious history, with some 500 students and dozens of faculty taking part. Missed out on the excitement? It looked something like this (click to expand any images below)...

Explore more scenes from Lab Crawl on Oberlin’s Flickr page.

Neuroscience professor Michelle Johnson (seated, far left) helps students sign in and secure their passports, which get stamped at each Lab Crawl station they visit. Far right: The Mad Scientist—aka Biology Department Manager Forrest Rose—welcomes students beginning their journey.

Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones '97

Students tour a biochemistry lab with a student guide (left); biology professor Gaybe Moore leads a demonstration on infection in wax moths (center); photography students experiment with technique in the Venturi Art Building (right).

Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones '97, Reyna Berry

Machinist Mike Miller (left) leads a demonstration in the machine shop. Center and right: Lab Crawl stations offer plenty of interesting specimens to examine.

Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones '97

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