Fellows, '10, to Use Chemistry, History Knowledge in Museum Internship
Only at a liberal arts college like Albion would a student major in such diverse subjects as chemistry and history. That’s what Mallory Fellows, ’10, did, and it is paying off handsomely as she will use her knowledge in both fields while serving as an intern at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
Chemistry Majors' FURSCA Experience Includes Space Center Visit
Vanessa McCaffrey, Erica Bennett, Casey Waun, and Nicolle Zellner visited the Johnson Space Center this summer.A number of Albion College students remain on campus every summer to complete scholarly work funded by the Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (FURSCA). The summer experiences of chemistry majors Erica Bennett, ’13, and Casey Waun, ’13 were enhanced when they joined professors Vanessa McCaffrey and Nicolle Zellner on a trip to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, where they conducted experiments to investigate the role of impacts on simple organic molecules.
The research, funded by grants from NASA’s Astrobiology Institute and the American Astronomical Society, is to examine how organic molecules change in impact events. The Albion delegation and Johnson technicians worked together to use the center’s hypervelocity impact technology to “shock” a sample of sugars by firing a projectile at a metal target holding the sample. The pressure from the impact of a projectile hitting the target’s steel plug has the ability to change the sugar placed inside the target, which the scientists hope will provide insight to the origin of life.
Finding Genes to Fight Cancer: Kimmy Leverenz's Summer Internship
Almost every day, I look at my watch, feeling like I have been there for a few hours, and all of a sudden it is 5 o'clock. I also really like the idea that the work I am doing could potentially help a great deal of people, one reason I want to go into medicine.
Vylonis Overcomes Setbacks to Pave Way to Bright Future
Megan Vylonis’ activity in the chemistry lab and on the tennis court at Albion College didn’t turn out exactly the way she wanted, but it paved the way for a bright future.
The Buchanan native and 2011 graduate plans to continue on the path toward becoming a pediatrician in summer 2012 when she enters A.T. Still University’s Kirksville (Mo.) College of Osteopathic Medicine; this despite completing a thesis titled, Everything Not to Do: My Experience with Chiral Aryl Iodine, and battling illness and injury to participate on the women’s tennis team her senior year.