Albion College's Honors Program provides an exciting and unique variety of academic experiences for highly motivated and talented students. The Program's mix of small discussion-based classes, independent research, academic rigor, and personal attention provides Honors students with special challenges and opportunities for growth. Many of the College's finest teachers and scholars regularly contribute to the Program's curriculum.
The Program provides honors students with opportunities to participate in museum and theatre excursions, our Honors Student Council, various campus symposia, the hosting of distinguished campus visitors and a variety of other social and intellectual activities.
The Honors Program at Albion was founded in 1976 and in August of 2004 it was renamed The Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. The Honors Program is located in the historic Observatory building and contains a seminar room for honors classes, the Honors coordinator's office, as well as meeting, lounge/library, computing and study areas for honors students and their guests.
Thank you for your interest in the Honors Program. Most students apply and are admitted to the Brown Honors Program in their senior year of high school. You may begin the process of applying to the Program through our online application.
Research Projects our Current Students are working on now
Stephanie Thurner ‘18
This summer I begin my FURSCA project with Dr. Kennedy - I will be studying parental feeding and post-fledging behavior patterns of juvenile House Wrens. Each nest cup will contain an iButton™ a temperature data logger - to test these predictions, I will monitor parental feeding at nests and follow juvenile birds after leaving their nests at the Whitehouse Nature Center.
Andrew Mattson ‘17
My current project is examining American race relations in the cultural context of sports in the late 19th century. I am focusing on the sports-themed subset of the Currier & Ives’ racist “Darktown Comics,” specifically those featuring horse-racing and boxing. Through this analysis, I hope to foster awareness of continued racism and the recognition that although slavery had been abolished, that reality did not eliminate a widespread belief in black inferiority
Christopher Herweyer ‘17
I am working on a research paper detailing the perceived threat to the monarchy under Queen Victoria in the 1860s. I've been using primary sources from Victorian-era newspapers and some secondary sources, namely biographies of Victoria from as early as 1901 and as recent as several years ago.
Alena Farooq ‘18
I'm the "Year of Wellness Intern" which means that I work with the committee heads to plan and organize committee meetings and other events that they'd like to do, like bringing in hospital representatives for free check-ups, and setting up different clubs to get people to be more active (walking club, rowing club, running club). I also had the chance to plan my own events based on suggestions from the committee heads, like the Biggest Winner competition (which you know all about!), and had a lot of fun planning our Wellness Fair by finding vendors, compiling all the information about vendors so that all the committee members had access to it, and then managing it with the committee on the day of.
Becca Barry ‘18
I'm studying sociology, economics, and philosophy. So far I've traveled to 4 different countries through Albion and 8 states. I love traveling and studying different types of people. I'm a reporter for Albion as well as Campus Chairperson of Global Brigades, and member of Delta Gamma. I also work in admissions as an event coordinator for the Distinguished Scholars Program. When I'm not involved on campus, I reach out to the community and work to get involved in the City of Albion. I'm always looking to get involved and meet new people!
Kathleen Casebeer – ‘17
I'm currently finishing up a two year research project on the history of the study of chemistry at Albion College. I'll be presenting this research in a talk next week at the Elkin Isaac Research Symposium. This summer, I'll be staying at Albion and taking on a FURSCA project. I'll be researching and creating online entries to contribute to the Map of Early Modern London (MoEML). MoEML is a large digital humanities project centered on an interactive online map created from woodblock prints of London circa 1561.
Mariah Phelps ‘16
I will be interning with the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research this summer. My security clearance is processing and I have an interview this week with a security coordinator. Very extensive and very nerve wracking! I will be located in DC. I am also this year's Rees Fellowship recipient. This is a great honor and I am so grateful to the family.
Next semester, I am very likely (though it has not yet been locked down) interning with the Economic Development Corporation in Albion. I am very excited to help promote and enhance the ties between Albion College and Albion Community.
Next year, I will also be completing my Honor's Thesis, which I just started this week. I hope to apply to be a Fulbright Scholar.
CiCi Cannoy ‘ 17
Right now I am conducting a study to see if there is a link between parent-child relationships and fear of intimacy. I've been working on collecting data and plan on working with this idea more in depth in the future. I would like to eventually explore links between these two ideas and attachment tendencies, and find out if the opposite sex parent relationships have a bigger effect than same sex parent relationships. I am pretty excited to see what conclusions I draw!
Shelby Fox-Purrier ‘16
For my FURSCA (Which is just researching for my thesis) I am looking into how the introduction of chemical weaponry in WW1 changed the way things were done tactically. So this summer I'm travelling to France and Belgium to do some hands on research, plus then I'm spending the summer here at Albion reading scholarly works to compile a Historiography paper and to find additional primary source documents.
Paul Stewart ‘16
I am currently studying Economics and Management with an emphasis in Accounting and a Gerstacker Minor. I will be participating in two accounting leadership programs this summer. Currently serving as General Manager of WLBN Radio, I have have restarted the radio station and built several connections between Albion's station and other college stations. In January of this year I became an F.C.C. licensed amateur radio operator and now serves the community as a storm spotter for the National Weather Service and emergency communications responder for the A.R.E.S.
Megan Sheridan ‘16
I am currently working with Dr. Rohlman in researching the structure and function of DNA and RNA apatamers (polymer chains) and their binding to the cell surfaces of Aspergillus fungus. This research will aim to create a method of early-detection of Aspergillus fungal infections and prevent establishment of the fungus in patients with suppressed immune systems. I will be working this summer with him through FURSCA at the University of Michigan, and will be continuing research next fall to hopefully complete a thesis on data collected.
Safiya Syed ‘16
For my project I looked at how inflammation regulates miRNA expression in THP-1 monocytes. I also looked to see if different miRNAs had specific roles in regulating adhesion molecule expression and monocyte migration
Heather Conner ‘18
My friend Jennifer Neilson and I are working on expanding the bike rental program on campus. We are going to meet with city hall to see if we could get a donation or other help to add bikes to the schools fleet, put up more bike racks, get a shop in town where we can buy parts and have tools that everyone can use for repairs, and a place to put the bikes during the winter so they don't break or rust.
The Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program is proud to announce an off-campus research and study opportunity at Glasgow University in Scotland. Click on the accompanying Glasgow PowerPoint for an introduction to this program. You will find an exciting honors course on the Scottish Enlightenment, and courses ranging from Anthropology and Art History to Chemistry and Physics. Students enrolled in the Glasgow program will be taking difficult form 3 and 4 classes.
Our Glasgow program is intended for upperclass honors students who receive the highest recommendation from Albion faculty and who also have the support of the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program director. Learn more on our Current Students page.
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.
Andrew Zimmer ‘15
Thanks to the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program at Albion, I had the incredible opportunity to go abroad- in scenic Scotland, nonetheless! Having spent more than 3 months here I must say it's been more than an unforgettable experience; and it's only getting better- my trip across Europe starts with this semester's end on May 7th! In my time here I've made friends with locals, fellow American travelers, and other University students from all around the world. Once a week all the international students get together with the International Society for food, fun, and a night out on the town. Only at this time are students from all over the world together in one place and spending time with one another; it's not uncommon to talk globally about political differences or questions regarding one another's culture at large- a lot of playful finger-pointing at such events is welcomed. There are few instances in a person's life where one can feel so globally connected with such a culturally diverse group of people. I can't help but think that these are some of the memories that I will forever cherish in my heart. I can't wait to return to Albion, but I certainly am grateful for the opportunity of having such an experience.