Biology Major Inspired to Improve Quality of Life
August 13, 2012
Ethan Brock likens the cancer biology research he’s been doing this summer to the process of assembling the pieces of a puzzle. Sponsored jointly by Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State’s Cancer Biology Graduate Program, Brock’s summer research fellowship has introduced him to cutting-edge research in this field. He acknowledges that even though great progress has been made in our understanding of cancer we still have much to learn.
This rising senior at Albion College explains that his younger brother has inspired him to make discoveries that will improve people’s quality of life.
Five Myths About Liberal Arts Education
"Sometimes myths take on a life of their own, including in the world of higher education," writes Albion College President Donna Randall (left). "In light of our celebration of Liberal Arts Education Week, August 12-19, let’s do a reality check on some of the myths about liberal arts education."
Student Research: Highlights from a FURSCA Summer
This summer, 40 Albion College students from multiple academic disciplines developed an independent research project, and presented their findings, through grants received from The Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (FURSCA).
"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:
Nwe, '13, Receives Statewide Ceramics Award
Art major Soe Yu "Joy" Nwe, '13, adds to her string of undergraduate achievements with the Michigan Ceramic Art Association's 2012 Scholarship Award. The statewide competition, intended to encourage serious students of ceramics, included a $1,000 prize.
"I thought maybe I was the only one who applied," Nwe said modestly of her reaction to the news. "But this definitely gives me confidence in applying to graduate school."