Current Honors Students
Welcome! This page serves as the home for all current undergraduates on track to earn Albion College Honors or Departmental Honors . In this area, you will find information regarding events and requirements that specifically address your needs. Honors now has a Facebook page - join us today!
Spring 2014 Events
- "Two Man Group" Comedy Show at Miller Auditorium - Saturday, Feb 15
- DASP Dinner Reception - Sunday, Feb. 16
- Ski / Snowboard / Tubing Trip - Saturday, Feb. 22
- Note Writing to Prospects - Tuesday, March 5
- SPRING BREAK - March 8-16
- Elkin Isaac / Honors Convocation - Thursday, April 24
- Midnight Dessert - Thursday, May 1
Fall 2013 Events
- Saturday, September 7th - 1st Years Retreat
- AC Black Box Play - Thursday, October 3
- Haunted House/Ice Cream Parlour - October 23
- Euchre Tournament - Sunday, October 27
- Trivial Pursuit - Students vs. Professors - Nov. 6
- Chicago Trip - Saturday, November 9th
- Ella Sharp Museum Trip - November 15th
- Euchre Tournament - TBA
- Honors Facebook Page - Join us today!
We are planning a Traveling Seminar for Spring 2014:
G.I. in Social Science / HSP 155H – Monday & Wednesday 7:00-9:00pm
"We Are Making a New World", will be travelling to Belgium and France this coming Spring - to tour many of the sites we will be studying in the course.
The Great War did not inaugurate trench warfare, but it brought to such fighting an unheralded degree of industrial intensity. The inevitable corollary of this evolution toward perfection was a four-year spasm of destruction, unprecedented in severity and scale - one that visited unspeakable horrors upon millions of soldiers. None emerged unchanged. Taking as its focus the three great traumas of trench warfare manifest on the Western Front – the destruction of human life, of civilization, and of the environment - this course explores the Great War’s impact on individual soldiers and, through them, culture at large. Our approach will be interdisciplinary, encompassing detailed studies of the physical environment, traditional historical documents such as, diaries, letters, memoirs, and trench maps, photographs, film, poetry, painting, novels, and music.
(Not mandatory but highly recommended)
We will leave on or about May 12th and return on or about May 19th, 2014. Our aim will be to experience and discuss the Great War battlefields, museums, and memorials of Ypres (Belgium) and the Somme (France).
In Europe we will be travelling point to point in vans, but will otherwise be on foot most of the time.
Estimated cost per student: $1,800, (excluding transfers to and from DTW and spending money)
if you are interested or have any questions.
* For the trip to go ahead, at least 12 students will need to commit.
Current Honors Student Happenings
Stephanie Sanders, '15
I am currently researching nanoparticles and their use in catalysis under Dr. Kevin Metz. I am taking over/continuing the work of Lyndsey Renyolds, as she is graduating this year. Michael Dix and I traveled this summer with Dr. Metz to Dublin to work with his collaborator, Paula Colavita. While there, we made carbon microspheres to put nanoparticles on. And hopefully, be able to bring those techniques back to Albion.
Christina Hallam, 14
I am preparing for a trip to India to study at a Buddhist Monastery. I will be studying meditation techniques alongside Buddhist theology. I plan to come back and write a senior thesis about this trip concerning how Buddhist meditation can be applied to Christian prayer.
John Fleming, '14
This summer, I will be living, interning, and studying in Washington, D.C., either in the office of Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) or with the Congressional Budget Office. While both of these government offices will provide unique and challenging professional experiences
Carolyn Fell, '14
My senior thesis will be focusing on the spread of portable art during the European Dark Ages, 5th to 15th centuries CE, through trade routes tracing Viking Expansion from the UK and Ireland and south. I have been accepted to a field school that splits the time between Ireland and the Isle of Man and is hosted by the University of Liverpool’s Centre for Manx Studies. Work in Ireland will be based on learning how to do surface surveys and graveyard monument recordings. Excavations with continued survey will be on the Isle of Man in the old capital Castletown.
Dannie Fountain, '15
This summer, I will interview employers and tattooed employees to discuss how body modification choices impact career options In today’s social society, tattoos and other body modifications are becoming more and more acceptable. However, the same appears to not be the case for the professional world. How will potential employers view that full sleeve you got in college? This thesis project seeks to answer these questions and more. This is a scholarly pursuit as it will combine interview techniques, qualitative research, and scholarly reading to determine the answer to a real-world problem.
The Honors Program congratulates the following seniors who have completed their honors thesis:
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Honors at Glasgow University
The Prentiss M Brown College Honors Program now offers a unique study abroad opportunity in conjunction with the University of Glasgow, Scotland. The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451 and is an internationally recognized institution with prestigious programs in the sciences and humanities.
The Honors semester at Glasgow University will allow you to complete an Honors course elective, "The Ideas and Influences of the Scottish Enlightenment: 18th to the 21st Centuries."
The University of Glasgow has created a unique course for our Honors students. Using major figures and ideas from the Scottish Enlightenment, Honors students will see how those ideas continue to be important in intellectual and cultural life in the 21st century. Interdisciplinary perspectives from art/aesthetics, religion, philosophy, politics/economics, and science will inform this course. The institutional model is the traditional Oxbridge model of public lectures and small group seminars. Leading scholars will provide over-arching ideas in the public lectures, which are then further developed through discussion in small group seminars/tutorials.
Take an additional 2-3 courses in your major or minor
The University of Glasgow has both breadth and depth in most undergraduate majors. Science, pre-med, and pre-vet Honors students will have access to a sophisticated range of disciplines and courses. Fine and liberal arts majors as well as business will have an exciting variety of course options. All Honors at Glasgow students will have access to level 3 and some level 4 courses not usually available to other study abroad students.
More unique opportunities for Honors at Glasgow:
- Chance to study at an internationally recognized university
- Be a member of a unique "Honors at Glasgow" program
- Special cultural immersion events for Honors students both inside and outside the classroom
- Possibility of service learning or internships
- Meeting some of the 3,000 other international students from 24 countries around the world
- Meeting, becoming friends with Honors students from our consortium member institutions in the U.S.
- Travel in the U.K. and the European continent
- Living in a "different" but accessible culture
Honors students may enroll either for fall or spring term through International Programs.
All scholarships and federal loans apply toward tuition. Albion tuition and room charges apply plus an off campus administrative fee of $1,020 per term. $1,300 for self-catered meals is recommended.
From a current student that is there now:
I've been at the University of Glasgow for a little over a month now, and I just wanted to write to thank Albion Honors for making the Principia Consortium program available to myself and other honors students. I couldn't have chosen a better way to spend my semester! I love living in Glasgow, and my Scottish Enlightenment class offers a great taste of Scottish history and culture. It's a really valuable class that I'm grateful to have the opportunity to take. We've gone on two field trips as a class, and I've met some great people.
In addition, the University of Glasgow offers a lot of day trips and weekend trips geared towards international students so that they can experience the best of Scotland. During orientation week, I had the option to go on a trip to Edinburgh, which was fantastic - though not quite as wonderful as Glasgow! Last weekend, I went on a trip with a friend of mine to Dundee, Stonehaven, and Aberdeen. At Stonehaven, we stopped at Dunnotar Castle, which is surrounded by absolutely stunning scenery that's unlike anything I've ever seen back in Michigan.
Best of all, however, is the sense of independence I've gained and the knowledge that the world is so much bigger than I previously realized. I remember thinking that students who had studied abroad were exaggerating when they raved that the experience will "change your life." It does. I love the freedom to walk the City Centre if I'm in the mood for browsing the shops, plan day trips with my friends, and go beyond what I'm comfortable with. I've tried haggis, Irn Bru, and shortbread. The little differences - chip-and-pin machines, slang, the Glasgow rain - take a short bit of getting used to, but they made me realize that some elements of my day-to-day life that I take for granted are, in fact, distinctly American. My mind has become more open.
All in all, if a student has the chance, they should most definitely study abroad. This has been one of the best experiences of my college career.