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Psychology Professor Christopher Wins National Award

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Albion College psychological science professor Drew Christopher was recently granted the 2013 Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP), part of the American Psychological Association (APA). The award, given each year to one four-year college/university professor, was presented to Christopher at the national APA convention in Honolulu.

FURSCA Feature: Emma Schaff, '14

Your Major:

Psychology and Spanish

Your Adviser:

Mareike Wieth and Andrea Francis

Briefly explain your FURSCA project.

My project examines the relationship between creativity and pronoun use, if such a relationship even exists.

What have you learned so far in doing your research?

I learned that though research has the reputation of being monotonous and difficult, it can actually be really interesting and applicable to many other areas of life outside your field.

Why did you pick this particular project?

Being a double major, I am always looking for opportunities to connect my areas of study and found the project that moved in the direction of doing just that. When combined with the interests of my advisers, we created a project that interested all of us.

How will this FURSCA project help you after Albion?

This project has been incredibly beneficial for exposing me to the elements of what doing good research means. The knowledge I have gained this summer will be invaluable at grad school and beyond. I feel better prepared to take the steps needed to achieve my academic and career goals.

What's next for your project?

The foundation I have built this summer will serve to inform my Honors thesis that I will work on throughout my senior year. I also hope to do an Elkin Isaac Symposium presentation on it.

Looking back, how has the project worked out?

The project didn't get the results I had expected, but I've definitely had fun in the process despite that. Participants were asked to tell stories in my study and it was quite amusing to listen to all of them. Psychology in general has always fascinated me, so it was very rewarding to be able to investigate topics that were relevant as well as interesting to me personally.

FURSCA Feature: Callie Bussell, '14

Your Major(s):

Theater and Economics and Management

Your Adviser:

Robert Starko

Briefly explain your FURSCA project.

My project follows the growth and development of the profession of the actor from its western origins in Greece to present day by studying the various styles throughout history.

What have you learned so far in doing your research?

The amount I have learned is limitless, but something that I find invaluable is the connection in body and voice while working on a Shakespearean Monologue.

Why did you pick this particular project?

Callie Bussell, '14, with Prof. Robert Starko
Prof. Robert Starko and Callie Bussell, '14

Many factors went in to this choice, the main being my need to hone my skills as an actor and help me learn skills that I normally wouldn't learn in such a small department as Albion's, but I'm also using it as a way to better our tiny department. With my extra knowledge I will be able to help the other actors in our department.

How will this FURSCA project help you after Albion?

This project is essentially a direct course in preparing me for a successful career in acting. I hope to have a very strong understanding and talent of each of the styles I've selected to study. This will give directors much more confidence in their decision to cast me in the professional world.

What's next for your project?

I will use the tools I've learned this summer and apply them to everything I do in the department next year. I hope to continue this research and perhaps present my findings at the Elkin Isaac Symposium.

Looking back, how has the project worked out?

The project proved to be so much harder than I expected it to be because of its vastness, but everything about it was fruitful to my development as an actor. I enjoyed every single second I spent because acting is passion and I love nothing more than a challenge that pushes me to my limits which my adviser has done for me.

Wall Street Summer: Waldron, '14, Interns with Goldman Sachs

Heather Waldron, '14

Heather Waldron, '14, won a competitive internship to spend the summer with Goldman Sachs' market risk management team in their Finance division in New York City. During 10-to-16-hour days, "we analyze data and predict what would happen to the company if certain market swings occur," said Waldron. "It's definitely a challenge to understand the importance of these numbers and what they mean."

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