Heather Stoner, '14, Interns at Genesis Genetics Institute
I have worked at Genesis Genetics Institute in Detroit, MI as a summer intern for the past two summers. It has been an invaluable experience to work with such a still up-and-coming science technique called pre-implantation diagnosis (PGD).
What PGD means is, we create a probe for patients for whichever disease the family might have, such as cystic fibrosis, breast cancer, or Huntington’s disease. A probe means the scientist tests the family’s DNA with different oligonucleotides surrounding the mutation (disease) the family has specifically, and we help determine what oligonucleotides we can use to help figure out what embryos do not have the mutation.
We report that information to the in vitro fertilization clinic and from there they implant the healthy embryos into the patient, and hopefully they will take, and the patient will become pregnant. It is a rewarding experience to help families have babies knowing they are healthy and have eliminated the disease from their family!
It is a very controversial area still, and it is an ethical dilemma. However, the experience I have had has been incredible and I loved every second of it!
Welcome to the Sophomore Year Experience
Engage your community
Congratulations! You have completed your freshman year!
Albion College is committed to your continued engagement with your community and educational process. During your sophomore year, we have activities and events planned to help you succeed in your college career and beyond.
Over the next year, you are expected to engage with your Albion College community through participating in:
Participate in a community service project
The Off-Campus Programs Fair – September 4 from 4:40 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Quad - within Briton Bash)
Gerstacker Recruiter's Night – September 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Science Complex Atrium)
LinkedIn Workshop – September 11 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Ferguson 111)
The Academic Fair – September 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Science Complex Atrium)
LinkedIn Workshop – October 3 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Ferguson 111)
Career Development Employer visits during Fall 2013 and Spring 2014
Serve the People Event – Spring 2014 (Date, time, and location TBA)
Visit with someone from Career Development about your summer job and tying that into your future
Visit with your academic adviser
Declare a Major Event – February 10-13 (Career & Internships Center)
All sophomores will receive a punchcard in their campus mailbox to record attendance at these events and activities. Each time you attend an event, you will receive an entry for the raffle at the Declare a Major Event in the spring (must be present to win).
Through the Sophomore Year Experience, we aim to make your second year at Albion not just successful, but fulfilling and memorable. If you have questions about the SYE program, please contact the Office of Career Development and we'll be happy to answer them.
"For many students, FURSCA research will lead to national presentations and publications," Ian MacInnes, English professor and FURSCA director, says. "These can help them enroll in graduate programs and succeed in their fields."
MacInnes says FURSCA helps students plan and study independently, and to problem solve over the course of their summer research. That independent project management experience is a hallmark of the liberal arts, he says.
"I was impressed with this group of students," he says. "The quality of their work, and particularly their presentations, was very high."
Here are six projects from this summer's FURSCA session: Read more
Requirements for Major in Business and Organizations
Note: Classes in italics are taught during Summer College.
A minimum of eight and one-half to nine and one-half units including the following:
First-Year Workshop (1/4 unit)
Economics and Management 211, Financial Accounting
Intercultural/Global Issues: One unit selected from the following: Modern Languages and Cultures 105, Intercultural Understanding and Global Issues Economics and Management 362, International Management
Ethics: One unit selected from the following: Philosophy 301, Environmental Ethics Philosophy 302, Leadership Ethics Philosophy 303, Business Ethics Philosophy 304, Ethics and Public Policy Philosophy 308, Biomedical Ethics
English 208, Professional Writing
Communication Studies 242, Professional Communication
Management/Psychology: One unit at the 300-level
Economics and Management 357, Business Functions
One- or two-unit internship Two options are available for fulfilling the internship requirement: (1) two full-time internships or (2) one full-time internship and one off-campus semester in an approved Albion College program
Senior Capstone (1/4 unit)
All courses for the major must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.
The following are required in addition to the major:
Statistics: Mathematics 209, An Introduction to Statistics; Mathematics 309, Mathematical Statistics; or Economics and Management 235, Economic Statistics (1 unit) Or Psychology 204, Research Design and Analysis I, and 206, Research Design and Analysis II (2 units)
Economics and Management 230, Intermediate Microeconomics or 232, Intermediate Macroeconomics
Completion of a second area of specialization selected from these options: (1) an existing Albion College minor, (2) a College-approved emphasis or concentration, (3) a second major, or (4) an individually designed five-unit focus, determined in collaboration with the Gerstacker Institute director, along with the majority approval of the Gerstacker Internal Advisory Committee and the provost.