We know a lot about you from your Albion College application. However, objective data such as your high school grade point average or a list of your extracurricular activities do not necessarily convey a well-rounded sense of who you are. To help us, please write an essay of about 400 words that will give us a better sense of you as a creative person.
Essay question: With which literary, historical, or film personality do you most identify? Explain.
Essays should be e-mailed as attachments to
or submitted by mail to:
Albion College Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program Attention: Program Coordinator KC# 4686 Albion, MI 49224-5011
3. Arrange to have an Honors Program Interview. Although on-campus interviews are encouraged, telephone or skype interveiws can also be arranged.
For your application to receive equal consideration with those of other candidates, your essay must be returned no later than March 24, 2014. The interview must be completed by March 31. Notification of your program status will be mailed to you on or about April 20.
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.
WHAT A FEW OF OUR HONORS STUDENTS WERE WORKING ON OVER THE SUMMER:**
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.
HERE ARE A FEW OF THE EVENTS THAT HONORS STUDENTS HAVE THE OPTION TO ATTEND THIS SEMESTER:
Saturday, September 7th - 1st Years Retreat at Michindoh in Hillsdale, MI
Albion College Black Box Play "The Phoenix Lottery" - Thursday, October 3
Haunted House/Ice Cream Parlour - Wednesday, October 23
Euchre Tournament - Sunday, October 27
Trivial Pursuit - Students vs. Professors - Wednesday, November 6
Chicago Trip - Saturday, November 9th
Ella Sharp Museum - Thursday, November 14
Midnight Dessert - Friday, December 6
"Two Man Group" Colin Mochire & Brad Sherwood - Saturday, February 15
DASP Dinner Reception - Sunday, February 16
Ski / Snowboard / Tubing Trip - Saturday, February 22
Note Writing to Prospects - Tuesday, March 4
SPRING BREAK - March 8-16
Elkin Isaac/Honors Convocation - April 24
Midnight Dessert - Friday, May 1
Honors Facebook Page - Join us today!
Glasgow University Program
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.
Here is an email from one of our current students that is studying 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.