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Educational Studies Minor

This interdisciplinary minor is designed for students who have a broadly defined interest in the field of education (e.g., youth development and learning; sociocultural theory applied to schooling, families and youth; youth subcultures; comparative education; fine and dramatic arts pedagogies; public education policy; environmental education; pediatric health; recreation and athletics; museum or community-based education). The minor in educational studies can benefit students who are interested in making unique connections to their major area of study as well as students who are interested in exploring careers in education. Many graduate programs and career paths such as museum studies, public policy, counseling and sociology recognize the value of academic preparation in the field of education.

Students who participate in the educational studies minor are not required to be admitted into the Shurmur Center for Teacher Development/Teacher Education Program. The minor in educational studies is a generalized study of the field of education and does not lead to teacher certification. Students who complete teacher certification at Albion College are not eligible for the minor in educational studies.

Requirements for Minor

  • A minimum of five units of course work including one unit in foundations of education (Education 202), one unit in human development and learning theories (Psychology 251, 253, or Educational Psychology), completion of an internship or practicum (Education 203, 382 or 398) and a minimum of two and one-half units of electives constituting a curricular focus. A current list of sample elective courses is available in the Education Department and is also maintained on the department website at
  • Please note: Education 202 and 203 are accompanied by a field experience in the public schools and requires completion of (1) Albion College criminal history check form, (2) Internet Criminal History Access Tool search, and (3) Albion College educational/judicial records check.
  • Students must receive prior written consent from the Education Department to apply a directed study or course that is not from the recommended list toward completion of the educational studies minor. Requests should be sent directly to the chair of the Education Department.

Summer Research Projects, Summer 2013


Intersection of Immigration and Sexuality: Michigan Voices for LGBT Issues in U.S. Immigration
Chelsea Cutright (Adviser: Brian Watkins)

Art and Art History

Exploring the Graphic Novel as an Artistic and Narrative Medium
Sara Jongeward (Adviser: Gary Wahl)


Three-Dimensional Structure Modeling of Anabaena Group I Ribozyme
Alex Schumaker (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman)


Assessment of Microbial Community Dynamics in Aquatic and Adjacent Terrestrial Environments: A Comparative Study Along the Kalamazoo River 
Bradley Baker (Adviser: Ola Olapade)

Alarm Call Modifications and Behavioral Responses to Predatory Threats in Breeding House Wrens
Scott DesRosiers (Adviser: Douglas White)

Determining Hydrolytic Enzyme Activities of Indigenous Microbes Along the Kalamazoo River
Anne Marie Galus (Adviser: Ola Olapade)

Nestling Responses to Alarm and Food Calls of Adult House Wrens
Rachel Kohanov (Adviser: E. Dale Kennedy)

Investigation of the Inhibition of Angiogenesis by sJAM-B Via the SRC Kinase
Adam Kudirka (Adviser: Bradley Rabquer)

Host-Pathogen Interaction in Drosophila and Wolbachia
Jack Manquen (Adviser: Roger Albertson)

A Survey of Parkage Trees in Albion Economic Neighborhoods and Public Housing
Lucas Martin (Adviser: Dan Skean)

An Analysis of the Spread of the Wolbachia Bacterium in Michigan Populations of Drosophila
Allison McClish (Adviser: Roger Albertson)

A Drosophila Model For Characterization of Mumps Virus/Host Interactions
Adam Ronk (Adviser: Ken Saville)

Quantitative Investigation of an Alpha-Synuclein-Proteasome Interaction: A Model for Parkinson's Disease in Drosophila melanogaster
Luke Salbert (Adviser: Ken Saville)

Annotating Fosmids in Drosophila
Brittney Stanton (Adviser: Ken Saville)

Effect of sJAM-C on Monocyte Migration Through ERK Pathway
Lizzie Tuma (Adviser: Bradley Rabquer)

The Prevalence and Intensity of Aeromonas Hydrophila in Frog Populations in South Central Michigan
Anna Ward (Adviser: Dean McCurdy)


Investigation of Phosphate-Catalyzed Dimerization of Simple Sugars
Erica Earl (Adviser: Vanessa McCaffrey)

The Taylor Reaction: An Exploration Into Vinylboronic Compounds
Jillian McManaman (Adviser: Cliff Harris)

Room Temperature Synthesis of Shaped Palladium Nanoparticles on Carbon Microspheres
Stephanie Sanders (Adviser: Kevin Metz)

Manganese Chemistry in an Automated Liquid Handler
Brendan Wass (Adviser: Cliff Harris)

Economics and Management

Marxian and Keynesian Approaches to Economic Crisis With the Focus On the Great Recession
Tram Hoang (Adviser: Gregory Saltzman)

Capital Account Liberalization
John Rogers (Adviser: Bohan Ilievski)


Jane Austen and Christianity: How Austen's Works Reflect Her Views
Elizabeth Nykamp (Adviser: Sally Jordan)

Investigating Creative Nonfiction: Climate Change and the Younger Generation
Olivia Potoczak (Adviser: Nels Christensen)

Artistic Creation As a Means of Overcoming the Horrors of Trench Warfare
Emma Stapley (Adviser: Mary Collar)

Are Superheros a Modern Mythology?
Travis Trombley (Adviser: Amity Reading)

Realizing the Body Through Poetry
Lindsay Weiss (Adviser: Mary Collar)


Lava Glow Analysis: Insight Into the Past Volcanic Activity of the Black Rock Desert, Utah
Ben Hinks (Adviser: Thomas Wilch)

Investigating the Fluid Mediated Chemical Exchange Between Eclogite and Orthogneiss During Ultrahigh Pressure Metamorphism in the Tso Morari Terrane, Indian Himalayas
David Huggins (Adviser: Carrie Menold)

Spatial and Temporal Measurements of the Sources of Groundwater Entering the Kalamazoo River and Rice Creek
Heidi Keller (Adviser: Tim Lincoln)

Invertebrate Palaeontology of the Mississippian Bayport Limestone, Bellevue, Michigan
Evan New (Adviser: Bill Bartels)

Using Remote Sensing and Field Spectrometry to Discriminate Maize and Soybeans for Cropland Mapping Applications
Hannah Pankratz (Adviser: Michael McRivette)

Fluid Inclusion Study of the Black Hills
James Reynolds (Adviser: Tim Lincoln)

Stream Channel Morphology and Ground Water Flow and its Relationship to Diel Turbidity Cycles
Noelle Scelina (Adviser: Thomas Wilch)

Description of a Remarkable Occurrence of Fossil Turtles From the Eocene of Wyoming
Glenn Tigner (Adviser: Bill Bartels)


The War: The Impact of World War II on Albion College
Christopher Blaker (Adviser: Wesley Dick)

American Perceptions of Mao Zedong Since 1937
Patrick Buck (Adviser: Midori Yoshii)


Dividing By Zero
Rebecca Guntz (Adviser: Mark Bollman)

An Investigation Into Wheel Theory
Brian Wu (Adviser: Mark Bollman)


Is Silence Golden?: Creating a Soundtrack For a Silent Film
Brandon Douglas (Adviser: Samuel McIlhagga)

Marching Percussion: The Art of Creative Redesign
Elizabeth Renaud (Adviser: Samuel McIlhagga)

Spoken Word Poetry: Translating It to Paper
Raysha Stacey (Adviser: Marureen Balke)


Classical Conditioning in the Earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris): An Olfactory Paradigm
Holly Paxton (Adviser: W. Jeffrey Wilson)

Language and Creativity
Emma Schaff (Advisers: Andrea Francis and Mareike Wieth)

Reducing Health Anxiety when Investigating Health Conditions Online
Danielle Wesolowicz (Adviser: Mareike Wieth)

Sleep, Nutrition, and Performance in College Athletes
Alexandra Yaw (Adviser: Tammy Jechura)


Statistical Analysis of Lunar Impact Products
Stefan Blachut (Adviser: Nicolle Zellner)

Political Science

A New Deal For Michigan
Salaina Catalano (Adviser: Wesley Dick)


Wharf Rats: Ex-Addicts Still Touring The Greatful Dead
Joshua Cohen (Adviser: Scott Melzer)

How Hip-Hop Is Reviving Detroit
Walter Kacher (Adviser: Lynn Verduzco-Baker)


The Actor's Path: Antiquity to Modern Day
Callie Bussell (Adviser: Robert Starko)

Women and Gender Studies

Aftercare For Sex Trafficking Survivors
Nora Riggs (Adviser: Tricia Franzen)

Summer Research Projects, Summer 2012

Art and Art History

A Monograph of the Artist Betsy Damon
Katie Monroe (Adviser: Bille Wickre)

The Ceramic Process: an Artistic Inquiry
Soe Yu New (Adviser: Lynne Chytilo)


Wolbachia Influence on Behavior/Physiology of Drosophila Melanogaster
Jacqueline Chung (Adviser: Roger Albertson)

Cross Species Amplification of Sabatia Campestris Microsatellite Markers for Investigation of Genetic Diversity in S. Angularis, S. Formosa and S. Stellaris
Kristen Chung (Adviser: Sheila Lyons-Sobaski)

Macroinvertebrates as Bioindicators of Water Quality in Rice Creek, Michigan: a 10 year follow up study
Andrew Franklin (Adviser: Dean McCurdy)

Soluble Junctional Adhesion Molecules and Their Role in Angiogenesis
Abby Hess (Adviser: Bradley Rabquer)

Vascular Flora and Plant Communities of the Harvey N. Ott Biological Preserve, Calhoun County, Michigan
Anna Miller (Adviser: Dan Skean)

Soluble Junctional Adhesion Molecules and Their Role in Angiogenesis
Ashley Miracle (Adviser: Bradley Rabquer)

Macroinvertebrates as Bioindicators of Water Quality in Rice Creek, MI: a 10 year follow up study
Haley Plasman (Advisor: Dean McCurdy)

Does Changing the Substituents on Vanadium Complexes Impact Their Toxicity Towards Cancer Cells?
Isaac Veysey-White (Advisor: Roger Albertson)

Macroinvertebrates as Bioindicators of Water Quality in Rice Creek, MI: a 10 year follow up study
Anna Ward (Advisor: Dean McCurdy)


Chiral Catalysts of Titanium (III)
Chelsea Copi (Adviser: Cliff Harris)

Pd Nanoparticles Plated on Carbon Planchets to Catalyze the Suzuki Reaction
Michael Dix (Adviser: Kevin Metz)

Does Changing the Substituents on Vanadium Complexes Impact Their Toxicity Toward Cancer Cells?
Hayley Gerber (Adviser: Vanessa McCaffrey)

Synthesis of Shaped Palladium Nanoparticles on Graphite Substrates as Catalysts for the Suzuki Coupling Reaction
Christopher Kruppe (Adviser: Kevin Metz)

Synthesis and Characterization of Fluorescently Labeled Group I Intron RNA Substrates
Brandon Sams (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman)

Optimization of the Suzuki Coupling Reaction Catalyzed by Membrane Supported Palladium Nanoparticles
Stephanie Sanders (Adviser: Kevin Metz)

Synthesis, Characterization, and Modeling of Anabaena Group I Ribozyme
Alex Schumaker (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman)

Methoxylation of Limonene over Heterogeneous Zeolite Catalyst
Christopher Scott (Adviser: Vanessa McCaffrey)

Economics and Management

What Factors Influence A Person To Vote?
Dannie Fountain (Adviser: Vicki Baker)


The Life, Death, and Legacy of Oscar Wilde: The Queensberry Trials and Their Effect on the Public’s Perception of Homosexual Men
Phillip Carlisle (Adviser: Sally Jordan)

Creating New Forms of Poetry
Shonte Daniels (Adviser: Helena Mesa)

Quantum Fiction: Examining the Science in Science Fiction
Kennie Ione Kellerhals (Adviser: Danit Brown)


Geographic Information System Analysis of the Distribution of Recent Reptiles With Respect to Climate and its use in Generating Quantitative Paleoclimate Estimates
Christopher Claes (Adviser: Bill Bartels)

The Effect of Plant Cycles on Daily Nitrate Fluctuations
Kenneth Gibbons (Adviser: Tim Lincoln)

Relationships among Wetlands, Sources of Groundwater Entering the Upper Kalamazoo River, and Turbidity Cycling
Aaron Hiday (Adviser: Tim Lincoln)

Invertebrate Palaeontology of the Mississippian Bayport Limestone, Bellevue, Michigan
Evan New (Adviser: Bill Bartels)


World War II: Citizen Soldiers Tell Their Stories
Christopher Blaker (Adviser: Wesley Dick)

Hoxha’s Albania: A Study of Albanian Communism
Brian Paul (Adviser: Geoffrey Cocks)

Conflict and Community on Beaver Island, 1812-2012
Katherine Sexton (Adviser: Wesley Dick)

Math and Computer Science

A 3D Rendering and Analysis Tool for Mathematical Modular Knots
Preston Arquette (Adviser: David Reimann)


Science and the Sublime: Exploring Quantum Mechanics through Musical Composition
Joseph Barden (Adviser: James Ball)

Music Composition for Jazz and Classical Guitar
Chad Bousley (Adviser: James Ball)

Different Styles of modern Jazz: Composition and Recording
Matthew Gallick (Adviser: James Ball)

Conflicting Emotions
Peter Kelly (Adviser: Russ Nebelung)

Piano Pedagogy
Scott Santoro (Adviser: Lia Jensen-Abbott)


Personality Differences in Time of Day Preference
Zachary Kribs (Adviser: Andrew Christopher)

Automated Measurement and Recording of Location and Circadian Rhythms in Earthworms
Elizabeth Renaud (Adviser: W. Jeffrey Wilson)


Lunar Spectroscopy
Alysandra Ganem (Adviser: Nicolle Zellner)

Whitehouse Nature Center

Environmental Filmmaking at the Nature Center
Bian Wang (Adviser: David Green) 

Summer Research Projects, Summer 2014

Art and Art History

Developing A Potter's Process
Austin Christie (Adviser: Lynne Chytilo)

Exploration Into Mid-Range Glaze Techniques For Ceramics
Riley Coon (Adviser: Lynne Chytilo)

Printing Albion's History: An Exploration of Early Documentation
Audrey DeGroot ( Adviser: Ashley Feagin)

Emotions Through Clay
Corissa Detwiler (Adviser: Lynne Chytilo)

Graphic Novel
Hannah Litvan (Advisers: Michael Dixon and Glenn Deutsch)

Developing A Potter's Practice
Katie Monroe (Adviser: Lynne Chytilo)


Nocturnal Desertions and Initiation of Dawn Activity in Female House Wrens (Trolodytes aedon)
Kara Bowers (Advisers: E. Dale Kennedy and Doug White)

Investigation of the Role of sJAM-B in Angiogenesis
Morgan Carey (Adviser: Brad Rabquer)

Analysis of NO3 Concentrations and Nitrate Reducing Bacterial Populations in the Pore Water of Groundwater Seeps Within the Kalamazoo River
Brent Heerspink (Advisers: Ola Olapade and Tim Lincoln)

Digitizing the Holding of the Albion College Herbarium
Matthew Kleinow (Adviser: Dan Skean)

An Exploration of the Relationship Between Biological and Socially Constructed Cultural Identity
Tori Malus (Adviser: Sheila Lyons-Sobaski)

Using the Drosophila model for Study of Mumps
Joseph Silvestri (Adviser: Ken Saville)

Chemotherapy Alternatives Using Vanadium Complexes on Cancer Cells
Victoria Sochor (Adviser: Brad Rabquer)

miRNAs Regulate Adhesion Molecule Expression During Inflamation
Safiya Syed (Adviser: Brad Rabquer)


Silver Nanoparticle Synthesis on Carbon Materials for Water Filtration
Michelle Samson (Adviser: Kevin Metz)

Synthesis and Characterization of Nucleic Acid Aptamers Targeted at Aspergillus Fungus Cell Surface Carbohydrates
Megan Sheridan (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman)

Detecting Trace Amounts of Caffeine and Acetaminophen in Natural Water Sources
Grace Talaski (Adviser: Craig Bieler)

Examining Social Media Policies for NCAA Division I Athletics
Jessica Scott (Adviser: Andy Boyan)



To Tweet Or Not To Tweet: Student Athletes Perspective on Social Media Acceptability
Kristine Baker (Adviser: Andy Boyan)



Preventing Sexual Assault on Albion College's Campus
Bailey Beem (Adviser: Judith Lockyear)

Reading, Writing, and Speaking About Wilde: Crafting the Voices of Oscar Wilde, His Lover, and His Wife
Phillip Carlisle (Adviser: Sally Jordan)

Exploring Nineteenth-Century Motherhood Through the Poems of Sarah Piatt
Tess Haadsma (Adviser: Jess Roberts)

Graphic Novel
Hannah Litvan (Advisers: Glenn Deutsch and Michael Dixon)

The Picture Book: An Exploration of the Relationship Between Text and Image
Cassandra Ward (Adviser: Jess Roberts)

Gender Studies

Anna Howard Shaw: Voice of the Suffrage Movement
Lindsey Marvin (Adviser: Trisha Franzen)



Residence Time of Phosphates in Pore Waters of the Kalamazoo River Watershed
Kayleigh Harvey (Adviser: Tim Lincoln)

Analysis of NO3 Concentrations and Nitrate Reducing Bacterial Populations in the Pore Water of Groundwater Seeps Within the Kalamazoo River
Brent Heerspink (Advisers: Tim Lincoln and Ola Olapade)

Invertebrate Paleontology of the Mississippian Michigan Formation, Bellevue, Michigan
Ruolin Wang (Adviser: William Bartels)


The Ancient School of Law in Mao Zedong's Thought
Patrick Buck (Adviser: Tim O'Neill)

'An Ecstasy of Fumbling': Chemical Weapons and the Changing Nature of Warfare in World War One, 1915-1918
Shelby Fox-Purrier (Adviser: Christopher Hagerman)

Math and Computer Science

Effects of Addition on Prime Factorization with Application to the Collatz Conjecture
Timothy Szocinski (Adviser: Dave Reimann)

Computer Simulation and Mathematical Analysis of Games Using Nonstandard Card Decks
Shuqi Zhou (Adviser: Mark Bollman)


An Exploration of Compositions Through Various Musical Genres
Nicholas Calderon (Adviser: Dan Palmer)

"Designing Music: Arranging for Jazz Ensembles of Various Sizes"
Sarah McDaniel (Adviser: James Ball)


Interpreting Aristotle's De Interpretatione Chaper IX
Alex Kuligowski (Adviser: Jeremy Kirby)


Geological Exploration of Craters on the Far Side of the Moon
Marina Baker (Adviser: Nicolle Zellner)

Research and Implementation of Pedagogical Improvements in and Introductory Physics Laboratory
Donna Lloyd (Adviser: Charles Moreau)


The Relationship Between Sleep and Perceptions of the External World
Rachel Derocher (Adviser: Tammy Jechura)

Boys Don't Cry: Adult Perceptions of Children Who Defy Gender Roles
Jessica Glazier (Adviser: Eric Hill)

The Effects of MK-801 on Learning and Memory in Earthworms
Ashley Glenn (Adviser: W. Jeffrey Wilson)

Understanding the Roles of Retrieval and Reflection in the Testing Effect
Shanti Madhavan (Adviser: Andrea Francis and Mareike Wieth)

The Effects of Herbal Anti-Anxiety Drugs on Escape and Avoidance in the Earthworm
Emily Morlock (Adviser: W. Jeffrey Wilson)


Preservation of Selfhood: A Study of Chinese Nationalism and National Identity
Yuanyuan Liu (Adviser: Lynn Verduzco-Baker)

Greek Life and Diversity at Albion College
Josh Van Laan (Adviser: Lynn Verduzco-Baker)

Women and Gender Studies

The Patriarchy of Welfare Reform: Legislating the Nuclear Family Model
Johanna Schulte (Adviser: Tricia Franzen)

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