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Welcome to the Alumni section of our new Web site. If you look through our Web site you can learn about our most recent Honors events and find descriptions of current Honors classes. Your feedback and suggestions for improvement are welcome!
Although we still adhere to the basic format of four required Honors courses plus a thesis, the number and diversity of the classes has grown to the point where this year we are offering 20-plus different Honors sections and we now have over 60 theses produced each year!
If you are ever in the neighborhood, please stop in and say hello. Now that Epworth is torn down the Observatory really stands out. We have redocorated the Honors Library to a more comfortable lounge/study area. Our more than 250 Honors students use the old Observatory as their second home—having 24-hour access works very well for them.
I would also like to discuss with you meaningful ways to involve you in our program and have you share your ideas and expertise with current students. Why not drop us a line or a note on Facebook?
Dr. E. Dale Kennedy Director
Current Honors Students
Welcome! This page serves as the home for all current undergraduates on track to earn Albion College Honors or Departmental Honors . In this area, you will find information regarding events and requirements that specifically address your needs. Honors now has a Facebook page - join us today!
Fall 2015 Events
Saturday, August 29 - 1st Years Retreat at Michindoh in Hillsdale, MI
Honors Council - Tuesdays @ 5:00pm
Paintball Trip - TBA
Haunted House/Ice Cream Parlour - TBA
Euchre Tournament - TBA
Trivial Pursuit - Students vs. Professors - TBA
Chicago Trip - TBA
Midnight Dessert - Last day of classes - December 4th
UPCOMING SPRING 2016 EVENTS
DSP Dinner Reception - TBA
SPRING BREAK - TBA
Ski / Snowboard / Tubing Trip - TBA
Cultural Trip?? TBA
Note Writing to Prospects - TBA
Elkin Isaac / Honors Convocation - Thursday, April 22
Midnight Dessert - TBA
Honors Face Book Page - Join us today!
Current Honors Student Research and Projects:
Shelby Fox-Purrier ‘16 For my FURSCA (Which is just researching for my thesis) I am looking into how the introduction of chemical weaponry in WW1 changed the way things were done tactically. So this summer I'm travelling to France and Belgium to do some hands on research, plus then I'm spending the summer here at Albion reading scholarly works to compile a Historiography paper and to find additional primary source documents.
Nick Webster ‘15 This summer I worked at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida as part of an undergraduate research program. I'm going to be looking at a genetic mutation that is highly correlated with Alzheimer's disease. When I come back for the fall semester, I'm going to be starting a thesis looking at a method of binding specific cell types, a project that could have many implications in the medical field
Cassie Ward ‘15 This summer I worked on Campus on a FURSCA project. For my project I will be exploring the genre of the picture book, striving to learn more about the history of the genre, and to understand the ways picture books create a formal relationship between image and text. The ultimate goal of the project is to propel my own understanding of the relationship between word and image and to use that understanding to complete a picture book of my own. The book that I create will be shaped by the research into both literature about picture books, and my analysis of already published books. The book will be a demonstration of my deeper understanding of the relationship between text and image, displaying insight into the ways that they work with and inform one another.
Kathleen Casbeer ‘17 I'm finishing up a research poster on the history of Albion's chemistry department. I've been working closely with the chairs of the chemistry department and the library archivist. I get to research with original material in the archives every week! My poster will be shown at the upcoming Elkin Issac symposium.
Audrey DeGroot ‘15 I'm researching the history of Albion (town and college) through the historic negatives in the archives. I'll be making contact prints of over 300 glass negatives. Then I'll be scanning them in to create digital copies and printing out digital negatives. These digital negatives I will turn into large format Van Dyke Brown prints. The final step will be researching the best images and writing up blurbs about their significance. It will all be displayed in a month long exhibition in Bobbitt at the end of July!
Andrew Zimmer ‘15 Thanks to the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program at Albion, I had the incredible opportunity to go abroad- in scenic Scotland, nonetheless! Having spent more than 3 months here I must say it's been more than an unforgettable experience; and it's only getting better- my trip across Europe starts with this semester's end on May 7th! In my time here I've made friends with locals, fellow American travelers, and other University students from all around the world. Once a week all the international students get together with the International Society for food, fun, and a night out on the town. Only at this time are students from all over the world together in one place and spending time with one another; it's not uncommon to talk globally about political differences or questions regarding one another's culture at large- a lot of playful finger-pointing at such events is welcomed. There are few instances in a person's life where one can feel so globally connected with such a culturally diverse group of people. I can't help but think that these are some of the memories that I will forever cherish in my heart. I can't wait to return to Albion, but I certainly am grateful for the opportunity of having such an experience.
Patrick Buck ‘15 This semester I am taking 2 units of thesis research credit with Dr. Timothy O'Neill in the history department on pre-modern Chinese schools of political philosophy. This is part of the research for my honors thesis that I have been working on since last summer when I did a FURSCA project with Dr. Midori Yoshii on the history of English-language biographies of Mao Zedong. I also did a unit of directed study with Dr. O'Neill last semester on the Legalist (in Chinese, "Fajia") school of Chinese political philosophy. I will do FURSCA again this summer for 5 weeks under Dr. O'Neill researching the history of the application of the Legalist school's ideas ancient Chinese state and first imperial dynasty of Qin (from 355-206 BCE). Afterwards I will be at Middlebury College studying in a Chinese language-intensive program.
In the fall, I will write my honors thesis under Dr. Geoffrey Cocks in the history department on Mao Zedong's intentional fostering of comparisons in Chinese media during the late Cultural Revolution (1971-1976) between himself and China's first emperor, Zhao Zheng, who reigned as king of the western Chinese state of Qin (from 246-221 BCE) and then as emperor of the first Chinese empire (from 221-210 BCE).
Patrick Lopez ‘16 I'm currently working on a thesis regarding Russian strategic interests in the Middle East. While the genesis of the thesis predates the Crimean situation, it's really added some weight to my argument. Basically I'm trying to prove that the US shift away from Europe and the Middle East represents a disengagement, and that disengagement will create a power vacuum in the Middle East. Russia has the right combination of military might and political will to fill that power vacuum.
The thesis will include in depth explorations of Russian diplomatic ties to major players in the region, particularly how their influence on Iran and a growing influence with Israel might bring stability to the region. The Russians certainly believe that this is their century, and I'm exploring how that vision is being fulfilled.
Christopher Herweyer ‘17 I am currently working on a research project, through the history department, detailing one of the houses belonging to the college. The house, 501 Michigan Ave., was for forty years, the home for Albion's President. I am going to be presenting on this house at the Elkin Isaac Research Symposium, as well as presenting my information to members of the history department and other administrators of the college.
Alex High ‘15 This summer, I did an internship at the Binder Park Zoo. I will be an animal care intern, which basically means I get to do rotations among all of the different animals as a keeper-in-training. I will also be able to do a rotation in the vet hospital! I'm very excited for this opportunity, it's a dream internship for me! :)
Megan Sheridan ‘16 I am currently working with Dr. Rohlman in researching the structure and function of DNA and RNA apatamers (polymer chains) and their binding to the cell surfaces of Aspergillus fungus. This research will aim to create a method of early-detection of Aspergillus fungal infections and prevent establishment of the fungus in patients with suppressed immune systems. I will be working this summer with him through FURSCA at the University of Michigan, and will be continuing research next fall to hopefully complete a thesis on data collected.
I have also been working for Dr. Chase through the Student Research Program, and his research on the cultivation and movement of domestic animals of the ancient Indus society. I have created diagrams of various bones in domestic animal species of interest that may be used to compare the bones and any possible trends. I am currently finishing my second year in the Student Research Program with Dr. Chase.
I have been participating in diversity events under the Umbrella Organization as the Officer of Public Relations for the Muslim Student Association, where we have successfully increased the number of events and participants in our association, and started as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. McCaffery's Advanced Synthesis chemistry lab this semester.
Megan Wickens ‘15 I’m a junior in the Honors Program, so right now I’m beginning the process of writing my thesis. When I say “beginning,” I really do mean the very beginning; I don’t exactly have a topic yet! But this summer I will be doing an internship in London! For two months, I will do neuroscience research with some “Britons.” Hopefully, this research will become the basis for my thesis. And if it doesn't, that will be okay too. I’m an assistant in Dr. Wilson’s behavioral neuroscience lab, so I’m also considering using my experience there to write my thesis. We use earthworms as an animal model to study escape and avoidance learning. It’s cool because the learning that earthworms do is highly conserved across other species. It’s like finding the simplest, most direct way to answer a big question: How do animals (including humans!) learn to expect something they don’t like, and take action to avoid it? Apart from science, I spend much of my time here running cross country and track. It keeps me busy, but I've made so many great friends. I wouldn't have it any other way. Go Brits!
Paul Stewart ‘16 I am currently studying Economics and Management with an emphasis in Accounting and a Gerstacker Minor. I will be participating in two accounting leadership programs this summer. Currently serving as General Manager of WLBN Radio, I have have restarted the radio station and built several connections between Albion's station and other college stations. In January of this year I became an F.C.C. licensed amateur radio operator and now serves the community as a storm spotter for the National Weather Service and emergency communications responder for the A.R.E.S.
The Honors Program congratulates the following seniors who have completed their honors thesis:
Econ & Management
Honors at Glasgow University
The Prentiss M Brown College Honors Program now offers a unique study abroad opportunity in conjunction with the University of Glasgow, Scotland. The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451 and is an internationally recognized institution with prestigious programs in the sciences and humanities.
The Honors semester at Glasgow University will allow you to complete an Honors course elective, "The Ideas and Influences of the Scottish Enlightenment: 18th to the 21st Centuries."
The University of Glasgow has created a unique course for our Honors students. Using major figures and ideas from the Scottish Enlightenment, Honors students will see how those ideas continue to be important in intellectual and cultural life in the 21st century. Interdisciplinary perspectives from art/aesthetics, religion, philosophy, politics/economics, and science will inform this course. The institutional model is the traditional Oxbridge model of public lectures and small group seminars. Leading scholars will provide over-arching ideas in the public lectures, which are then further developed through discussion in small group seminars/tutorials.
Take an additional 2-3 courses in your major or minor
The University of Glasgow has both breadth and depth in most undergraduate majors. Science, pre-med, and pre-vet Honors students will have access to a sophisticated range of disciplines and courses. Fine and liberal arts majors as well as business will have an exciting variety of course options. All Honors at Glasgow students will have access to level 3 and some level 4 courses not usually available to other study abroad students.
More unique opportunities for Honors at Glasgow:
Chance to study at an internationally recognized university
Be a member of a unique "Honors at Glasgow" program
Special cultural immersion events for Honors students both inside and outside the classroom
Possibility of service learning or internships
Meeting some of the 3,000 other international students from 24 countries around the world
Meeting, becoming friends with Honors students from our consortium member institutions in the U.S.
Travel in the U.K. and the European continent
Living in a "different" but accessible culture
Honors students may enroll either for fall or spring term through International Programs.
All scholarships and federal loans apply toward tuition. Albion tuition and room charges apply plus an off campus administrative fee of $1,020 per term. $1,300 for self-catered meals is recommended.
From a current student that is 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.
The Honors Council comprises a group of volunteers who work to make their Program more responsive to student needs. In the past, Council members have advised on core requirements and recruiting strategy, run Coffee Hours and the Midnight Desserts, and discussed numerous other topics affecting Honors students. The Council welcomes new members. We currently meet Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. in the Observatory Classroom. Pizza and pop are served.
Honors added another fine arts course to the schedule. There is no information on this class currently–it is not technically been approved, but we do know it is being taught by the new choral director.
We still need a moderator and room hosts for the symposium–we need 6 venue hosts and one more room moderator. Reneé will be sending an e-mail out shortly.
Honors needs students to come to info sessions this Friday in the Observatory for the Junior visit day. Sessions will be at 2:15 PM and 2:55 PM.
Travel/research proposals are coming in–we have 2 so far–the deadline is April 20th.
The freshman retreat will be held on September 8. The 1st Council meeting next semester (August 28) will focus only on the retreat. Suggestions for the retreat: Bring more and/or bigger water bottles OR clearly emphasize that everyone bring their own water bottle ,which can be refilled at the center.
There will be a volunteer opportunity at Victory Park this Saturday to replace mulch. There’ll be a picnic afterwards. Reneé sent out an e-mail with details.
Last Council meeting is next week–we want Pizza Hut stuffed crust pizza, pepperoni and cheese
New Business: Things to discuss next year: Honors formal? Welcome back dinner?
Close: 5:38 PM
Honors Council 4–3–12
Open 5:13 PM
Honors courses and schedules for the fall are out. Everyone is preregistered and actual registration started yesterday. Hopefully, once people start registering, we'll be able to figure out if we need more classes.
The euchre tournament was last week. Only 3 students showed up, but thanks to Dr. Kennedy, they were able to play a few games. For social events next year–should we choose a different time and date? More to be discussed next fall.
Renée needs moderators and room hosts for the Elkin Isaac Symposium. Renée sent out an e-mail asking students to volunteer and if she's short volunteers, will be asking for counsel volunteers next week.
Dr. Kennedy had the idea for a bookshelf in the honors computer lab. She got this idea from the bookshelf in the education Institute. Books don't necessarily have to be textbooks; they can also be recreational books, like the ones in Olin. We should look into asking honor students if they will donate the textbooks that the bookstore won't take back or any old books that they would be willing to part with.
(In response to the fact that many of the novels in Olin are romance novels and someone on Council calling those books trashy summer reads)
"Life's too short to leave trashy novels to the summer" - Chris
"HELL YEAH! I like the way you think!" - Paige (I happen to love romance novels)
Midnight Desserts will be Thursday, April 26 from 11–1 AM
Green Day is tomorrow in the nature center from 5–7 PM
Renée will be sending out a senior survey soon. Seniors, please respond to it! There might even be a prize!
Some hybrid approach to insisting that students take their Honors classes in their first 4 semesters at Albion and saying they can take them whenever
Courses reserved just for freshman
Scheduling has been an issue in the past . . . Offer night classes?
Reserve just some spots for freshman in classes
Trivial Pursuit vs. the Professors this Thursday at 7pm!
Walking Challenge – not everyone picked up their pedometers. Boo Honors :p
DASP is this weekend. Renee could use the help of Honors students at the reception Friday from 6-8pm in Upper Baldwin. Also, she could use students on Saturday in the science atrium from 9-10:30am and all day in the Observatory. Either location will have prospective students and their parents. So come on out!
Eddie proposed discussing creating a new set of rules for Honors council to use instead of Robert's Rules. (Yeah – like we actually use those LOL). Honors' Rules of Order . . . hilarious suggestions ensued.
Interview Day went well – there were about 28 people that interviewed
Digitized Honors Theses – it would be cool to let people have access to them off campus. A lot of people thought it would be cool to be cited as a source in someone's paper and they want to make it as easy as possible for that to happen
Game night on Thursday – Get Excited!
Trivial Pursuit – Yay for Mark Bollman and Dr. Balke! Renee – could you email Aaron Miller, Nels Christenson, Jeff Cocks, James Ball, Drew Dunham, Susan Connor and Donna Randall about joining in? We know that some of them probably will say no, but they were personally requested to attend by the Honors Council and that might mean something! Also, we heard there might be Disney Trivial Pursuit? Awesome
If you ordered a pedometer (of if you didn't) pick one up. Renee has some left and we want to make sure they get used!
Admitted Students Day, February 20th:
Parents and students aren't going to spend the whole day together – freshman ( and everyone really) thought that was a great idea.
There is a session for student to come learn about/talk to Honors from 2:15-4:05. Anyone who would like to come can come and talk to prospectives!
DASP reception in Upper Baldwin form 6-8. Come talk up Honors to the prospectives and eat some yummy food!
There was a discussion about whether this might be too formal an event with the name tags and purple and gold necklaces, with it being in upper Baldwin. But let's see how this year goes, get some feedback and go from there!
Middle school tour – Not happening, let's face it (Chris)
Thesis Class Time Change? Renee – can you send out an email seeing who is interested in taking the class next semester and then let Dale know? She wants to make sure it's scheduled at a time when the most number of students can take it!
Ski Trip – SO MUCH FUN!! We totally need to make this a yearly thing.
Interview Day – Honors has 30 interviews set up.
All Fun Events: Hold these at 7pm
For Game Night: Monopoly!, Apples to Apples, Poker, Phase 10, Golf
Letters of Acceptance – send those puppies out ASAP!
Renee – For the 100 day walking challenge – send out an email and see if people are interested. If so, then let's get them a pedometer. Amount of interest will dictate if we are going to be able to make a team.
Going to begin digitizing the theses and put them on some sort of hard drive . . . or something. Technical talk = right over my head.
If people in Council put their pop cans back in the closet, Renee will turn them in and put that toward getting more pop!
Theta is collecting can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Foundation. There will be a container of some sort in the Observatory. Support Theta and the Ronald McDonald House!
Next week: We want to talk about professors we want to teach in Honors next semester – so bring your ideas!
Ski Trip FULL and there's even a waiting list! There may be no tubing due to lack of snow. Darn
Admitted Student Day – Monday, February 20th (Probably an informal afternoon session)
DASP Dinner/Reception – Friday, February 24th (Cool appetizer things like pulled pork sandwiches and stuff – need people to volunteer to help out!)
Elkin Isaac/Honors Convocation – Thursday, April 15th (need people to volunteer to help out being room hosts and moderators – it's fun and the presentations are interesting!)
Look into Thursdays for stuff: Trivial Pursuit v. Professors (aka Mark Bollman) was received very well. There was also an interest in Euchre or Game night too. Look into Feb 16th or 23rd or March 15th or 22nd.
"Mark Bollman is a large repository of random facts" ~ Nick H.
"Nice word, Nick" ~ Michelle
Going to see local plays in Jackson or Marshall? There are some Albion faculty that do the theater in Marshall. Maybe looking into going to support them?
Hi Dale! Went around and said our names, majors, etc.
Ski Trip: We have enough people to go, but could still use more. So email Renee if you and friends would like to go. $10 for all you're getting is a great deal.
"Bollocks!" [In reference to lots of people showing interest in a ski trip and then hardly anyone signing up] ~ Chris
Thank you to everyone who helped with Student Athlete day! Dale asked what sorts of things we could bring up that would entice prospectives. Council said: current student's personal stories about good Albion experiences, what makes Albion special and unique, how Albion helps you find things that you love that you might not have known about before entering college and might not have had the opportunity to pursue at a different, especially a bigger school, Albion can cost less than a state school – we are good about financial aid, have prospectives walk around by themselves, find classes, etc so they get a feel for what it would be like when they are on their own, people at Albion bend over backwards for you and unlike at a lot of schools, that doesn't change once you're a student.
"We have lots of funsies" ~ Nick A.
Middle School Tour?
In the future, potentially plan a senior party of sorts. Everyone's invited but it honors the Honors seniors.
Maybe a trip to an Ice Rink?
Katie K. and The Bridge are trying to get an interfaith "Labyrinth" put on campus. Petition will be out soon. Sign it and show support!
Habitat for Humanity – Thursdays at 12:30pm in the Alumni Conference Room ( #rd Floor KC). Major fundraising going on this semester. Stop by or look out for info on builds and activities and such!
Cycling Club Anyone? Look out for more info on that as well.
Honors Council 11/2/11
*Approved Minutes (Council discussed it and they think it would be nice to add “Thank You Paige” back to the Approve Minutes line. They are so sweet
*Visit Day on Nov. 4th – Need volunteers for a 2:15 info session. Renee will send out an email.
*Rocky Horror went well – people had fun. We need to make sure that we let Renee know if you can’t go to Honors events and if we hear people talking about not being able to go, encouraging them to email as well, so that as many people as possible get the chance to enjoy Honors events
*Mug order back on - yay for getting mugs in 2 weeks! Thanks Renee for working on that for us!
Ski Trip to Timber Ridge –Official Date – February 4th. Cost will be $10/student whether you rent equipment or not (just to keep it simple). So far 60 people showed interest so it should be a blast! With that kind of interest, Renee should look into getting a bus. Also seeing what school vehicles are available or that date. Briton Bus maybe? If people have lots gear, they will need space to store it. We just need to explore our options!
New Honors Director process is going well. Dean is hopeful that things will be settles in a few weeks!
*“I do have limits . . . believe it or not.” ~Dean
*There are LOTS of letters to stuff for Honors. I’ll be working on it hardcore Thursday and Friday. Renee is hosting a letter stuffing party in the Honors lounge upstairs tomorrow (11/3) from 2-4pm. There will be food!
*Since the new Admissions mini-viewbook thing kind of sucks (gray, dead trees, yeah) we need to put a new Honors newsletter together ASAP. Email Renee with idea for stories or students to feature. Or with any submissions!
*“People will read this and think ‘they have an observatory . . . and eat’.” ~Dean (commenting on the new viewboolet)
Renee resending email about letter to the Browns – make a special emphasis on seniors and even juniors (aka upperclassmen) submitting letters, please
We had 2 students come to the Visit Day info session on Saturday. But that was a good turnout in relation to the total number of students that came. Need students to come to another session on Friday, Nov 4th at 2:15pm in the Observatory – thanks!
ROCKY HORROR!! Bus drivers: be at the Observatory at 6pm to get buses/vans and all participants be there BY 6:15. Paige is running this show so don’t mess up!
Mug order was cancelled because of image issues. Council suggested contacting Brandon asking for a “Vector Graphic Rendering” or a “.png file” of the Honors crest. Evidently these are images that can easily be resized and not be pixilated. Also, a last resort would be a black and white .png file. These are easier to create than colored one. Contact Eddie B. and Preston A. if help is needed with this. They offered their expertise in this. Thanks guys!!
Ski Trip: There were a couple options but we decided that in the interest of not breaking the bank a day trip to Timber Ridge would probably be the best option. So Renee if you could finalize some numbers on a potential day trip there and then send out an email asking who in Honors would be interested in such a trip next semester, just to get some numbers. Will discuss this again in council after finding out about interest.
After being thanked for the first time this semester by Chris for taking council minutes, the council voted to add “Thank You Paige” back to the weekly agenda. Because although I AM getting paid, a simple thank you is always greatly appreciated
After meeting closed, a few council members were just sitting around, conversing and Robert P. said, “I always thought cooties was the kid’s equivalent of an STD”. Thank you for that gem, Rob
Renee has gotten 4 letters to send to the Browns – pretty good, but will always accept more. No true deadline, but sooner rather than later. And if you write a letter, you will get one of the new Honors mugs. “Do it for the mug. Or don’t. Just do it” ~ Dean
We need volunteers for the General Visit day on Saturday (10/22). Our session is at 1:10. Come if you can please!
Final Verdict: NO Coffee Hour
Middle School: Most likely getting torn down, but we would still like a tour, so Dean will talk to Mike Franzen ASAP and try to schedule one for during Council ASAP. Then we can at least discuss potential ideas with the knowledge that they might only ever be ideas. But we should send out a mass email when we go to the Middle School because a lot of people in Honors might be curious about it.
Josh would like a GPS to take with him when he drives to Rocky Horror and Dean has one he can borrow. Renee– could you please bug Dean and remind him to get that GPS to you so you can get it to Josh when he drives on the 28th?
Tye-Dyeing – 7 people showed up. There was yummy cider left over for council. Win.
Chicago is SOLD OUT – there is a waiting list
Carmina Burana was cancelled L “We had to cancel Carmina Burana because I can’t pronounce it” ~ Dean
We need to compile a list of certified Honors drivers that we can email specifically when we need drivers for events – Thanks Josh J
Need people to write a letter for Honors or a blurb for the Honors newsletter – doesn’t need to be Honors related, just want to know what Honors students are doing.
On recycling Honors “swag”: “It used to be an ashtray – now you can drink out of it.” ~Dean
Courses: Mysteries of the Brain is being taught next semester again. 12 courses listed so far, which is what we have this semester. Might get a few more. Going to have a coffee hour sort of deal for professors to talk about course descriptions, etc. More details to come.
10/26, 8-9pm in Norris 102 - Dean giving a lecture on how to find summer jobs/internships in Biology, the resources that are available, etc. It’s good information for any major though, so anyone interested should attend.
“An escaped mental patient on a motorcycle” ~ How Dean described the way the mother and daughter who watched him try to get a bee out of his glove once probably viewed him
No meeting next week even though will be back from Fall Break. Next meeting: 10/19
Laser Tag – Josh Eggen will drive a van (14) and Dean’s van will fit 8 so that’s 22 potential spots
Carmina (opera) on 10/21 - $10 deposit
Dean asked students to write letters about Honors classes that we will periodically send to the Browns’. We also need an Honors newsletter by the end of the semester. If you write a letter, you will get a free ceramic mug.
Ceramic Mugs – Sent Renee link to mug we liked
The Michigan Theater in Jackson has cool programming that is usually fairly cheap. Honors should look into these events and see if we can drum up some interest in going to them since some of the money usually goes towards the renovation of the theater which is totally awesome, for the record.
Global Medical Brigades is going to have a fundraiser one day a week where if you order Hungry Howie’s Pizza – GMB gets 10% of the proceeds. Honors students should support GMB and get pizza!
Chicago: Leave at 8am – get in around 11 local time; 3:30 – take bus to Second City for the 4pm show; after show, bus takes us back downtown for a few more hours for dinner, etc. Back to campus by midnight Rocky Horror: Josh Eggen will drive – Yay!
Zap Zone: Just want to play laser tag for a few hours, so book a couple hours in the evening for our grout to play. Nov 18th (Friday)
Tye-Dying Party: Shiorts will be $5; Jill or Marie needs to send an email to Renee that she can forward to Honors
Swag: There is a lot of interest in nice, ceramic coffee mugs. They might be expensive, but since there is a lot of interest, it will be a good investment and students will be willing to pay more for them because they are of nice quality. Chelsea painted a nice image of everyone walking around campus with their Honors mugs – it was cool.
Old Business: Middle school tour – still moving out all the old books, furniture, etc. Want to take a tour as soon as possible. Have it during council meeting time.
Spring Courses: Jess Roberts AND Nels teaching course next semester, Balke’s course, Printmaking (Honors will have at least 6 seats reserved for us), Hagner, Saltzman’s Negotiation class, class on Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Gender and International Relations – 11 courses so far – We will have as much as this semester or more.
New Business: Revived Albion Cost Saving List for a bit – ahh memories Can we start putting the minutes on the Honors website again? Sunday, 9/25 from 1-6pm – Middle school clean-up – email Al Pheley if going to help. If allergic to dust, Al suggests you don’t help out. “I’m allergic to lifting heavy objects” – Dean
Honors Council Meeting 9/14/11
For Chicago Trip – Seeing Second City 4pm show – Laugh Out Loud
At least 8 people very interested in going to see Carmina Burana in Detroit on 10/21. Send out general email to see if any other interest. Also, because of the price of the tickets, make this a “deposit then get money back on showing up” sort of deal – so that the people that say they want to go are actually committed.
Laser Tag – Dean says Lansing’s Zap Zone is the best, so Renee – could you look up group rates and other special deals so we can discuss it at next meeting, please? Also look up birthday rates – Dean will totally say it’s his “birthday”, if necessary. For this event, we thought mid-late November considering all the events already planned for October
NO pens Look into the prices of nice, ceramic mugs – no plastic Also look into water bottle prices – not cheap plastic ones – just so we can see out options
Tye-dying party for Honors shirts – Jill McManaman and Marie Brown have offered to head this up. Thanks guys! October 2nd at 4p in the Victory Park Pavilion. Would like to have food: cider doughnuts, milk and cookies (to give it a fall feel). Renee – could you reserve the pavilion for that day please? J
Reminder about helping move things out of the middle school on 9/15 from 4pm to late evening. Renee already forwarded email to Honors.
Festival of the Forks on 9/17. Dean’s description: “There’s a parade – typical small town USA sort of thing. There’s tons of food and there’s lots of BBQ”.
Honors Council Minutes 9-7-11
Honors needs to bring bug spray since we’re outside for the skits
Need bigger water bottles and MORE. We need to stay hydrated. Especially at the paintball courts. Make a note on the schedule for people playing paintball to bring water with them
Great morning food - thanks Renee! J
Leave at 10am and cut out the free time before lunch
Give the leaders more info and structure for the meeting where they “talk about Honors” What do you want covered here? Because it is almost an hour long session . . .
Skits were GREAT! We need to NOT give groups certain skits themes. Just let their creativity run!
Chicago – tentative date November 5th, 2011 (check school calendar to make sure no major academic conflicts):
In the past – “Cupid has a heart-on” (Dean – Make sure you say THAT right)
Not interested in the Looking Glass show, so look into other options
Navy Pier Shakespeare Theater (Robert suggested – says their shows are funny)
Look into other options
Go see Rocky Horror at Miller Oct 28-29th. LOTS of interest in this
Boyne probably too expensive. Look into staying at hotels nearby. Also look into Knub’s Knobs. Probably 55 people max for the trip. Honors can maybe cover all the cost, maybe only some. Need to do more research on options and pricings. If we go, we now have a creative name thanks to Robert Longtin ~ Enhanced Learning in Frigid Environments
People also very interested in laser tag. Look into pricing and potential dates.
Carmina Burana at the Detroit Opera in October – Look into prices, the possibility of some people going to that?
Honors needs certified bus drivers! Maybe send out an email about people getting certified. Letting them know that if they drive for an Honors event, they will be compensated somehow. Also stress that the certification process is not really hard. Maybe talk about it in the email to make people more amiable to the process?
Once the papers are finalized, we need to take a tour of the middle school to get our creative juices flowing with ideas about what to do with it. Tour will be during council time in a couple weeks.
Robert: Have you seen the movie “Accepted”? Dean: My guess is that it’s about a bunch of college kids who get murdered.
Glasglow Rep was here today. Left lots of info with Honors. Have some GREAT programs for Pre-Med people. Also, they have a professor named Quentin Fog, which Dean thinks is the coolest name for a professor ever.
New Business Snowboarding and Snow Skulpting Club will need people to help build half-pikes and snow creations this winter. Get excited!
Spring Honors Classes are in the works. Ideally we’d like 16 classes total. But we have some definites so far and we’re learning about more as the semester progresses
Where Are They Now?
OUR HONORS STUDENTS AFTER GRADUATION 2013 - WHERE AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING
I will be attending the University of Michigan’s Masters in Social Work program in the fall of 2013
I will be attending Wayne State’s Cancer Biology Graduate Program to seek my Ph.D. over the next five and a half years after I graduate from Albion
I plan to attend Oakland University seeking a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology starting next fall and work at therapeutic riding barns in the meantime
I will be attending medical school at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medication
I will be attending Wayne State University School of Medicine.
I will be attending the University of Hartford in the fall for my Ph.D in Clinical Psychology
I am moving to Germany and completing my German language certification. I will then hopefully be staying, either attending graduate school or beginning an internship/job in the fields of either Nutrition, Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences/Engineering, or in the healthcare field.
I am taking a position as a research assistant before applying for grad school in the fall
I already have a job: at the Renaissance Center in Downtown Detroit- Urban Science as a software developer
Working through a service organization, AmeriCorps
Going to grad school at the University of Michigan School of Public Health focusing on health behavior and education
This summer I have a job as a research assistant working on biofuel research at the Kellogg Biological Station. In the fall I will be attending Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for a masters in Botany.
I will be teaching English in Germany with a Fulbright Assistantship
I will be doing a Fulbright in Austria. I plan to attend the University of Michigan in the fall of 2014 to complete a master and teaching certificate program to become a high school German teacher
I will be the Member Services Coordinator at the Detroit Economic Club this October
Here is where some of our 2012 Graduates have gone and what they are doing
I will be attending the University of Minnesota’s Cellular, Molecular and Structural Biology Ph.D. program – Taylor Harding ‘12
I will be attending CMU and getting my masters in communication studies. I also have a graduate assistantship, so I will be teaching two classes of Comm 101 as well - – Katie Broekema ‘12
I got into 3 Master’s in Social Work programs and applied to one music program - – Lauren Roberts ‘12
I will be attending either the University of Alabama or Michigan State University for the Masters of Social Work program in an organizational track – Johanna Dart ‘12
I will be attending medical school at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts – Michelle Powers ‘12
I will be attending Boston University Law School in the fall – Olivia Mikula ‘12
I am pursuing a MS in geology at the U of MN doing climate change studies on the Sea of Galilee and will be traveling to Israel this summer before beginning school in the Fall – Abigail Williams ‘ 12
I am actually moving to Chicago in June! I accepted an internship at a marketing firm. During my interview, I talked a lot about honors courses and how they require us to listen and participate in a unique way. Clearly they liked it – Sandy Nahra ‘12
I will be attending Michigan State in the BioMolecular Science program as a Ph.D graduate student – Jonathan Rennhack ‘12
Student teaching text fall, and then traveling the US/ France. Then possibly getting a job teaching and going to grad school – Holly Williams ‘12
I’ll be studying German in Dusseldorf for the summer and next fall I will be attending medical school at U of M
Attending Loyal University of Chicago’s dual Ph.D program in Public History & American History
I will be attending graduate school in the fall for social psychology research at Brock University in St. Catherine’s, Ontario
I will be attending Michigan State in the BioMolecular Science program as a Ph.D graduate student.
In the Spring of 2009 I sent the following email to PMB students. Find some of their responses below:
Focusing on students and what they are doing is our best feature, so I have a request of you. If you're doing something cool or unusual, if you are going to grad or professional school, if you are pursuing a research opportunity, have a scholarship to do work (either as an underclass student or as a graduating senior) please email myself or Renee and tell us about it. I want to put together a sample of our amazing students and what they are doing so that the wider world gets a good idea of the shape of our program as seen in its wonderful students.
Thanks for reading this (and please reply if you want).
Where are they now, 2009
Hello Dr. Cline;
I hope your summer is going well. My position at the museum is very exciting. I am learning new things about the museum collections every day. For example, about two weeks ago I discovered about 7 Dali paintings buried beneath old exhibit materials! I most definitely will be kept busy sorting and organizing the collections and the backlog from the past five or six years. Something else I have been working on is developing an internship program at the museum for summer, fall and winter. Through some local advertising I ended up finding 5 interns for the museum, 3 of which work within collections[?]. On Monday the 29th, I am taking a trip to MSU to discuss with the intern@MSU program coordinators possible options of having an internship collaboration. On this trip I am also planning to meet with Laura Delind, a professor of anthropology who specializes in the anthropology of food! I am still planning on attending graduate school next fall, 2010 and am researching and visiting schools this summer and fall (as well as prep work for the GRE which I will take in October sometime...the Honors program was a deciding factor for me to attend Albion as well as having you on my thesis advising committee was extremely beneficial to my writing style. I believe I wil select up to 5 different schools most of which I will be applying for the PhD track (one school I am looking at only offers a Master's degree but I have been in contact with the food anthropologist who sounds like he might be interested in working with me).
Thank you for your time and hopefully I can plan a visit in the fall sometime!
Hi Dr. Cline,
I wanted to email you to tell you that I am starting a PhD chemistry program at the University of California, Berkeley in the fall.
I will be attending the U of M school of social work in the all to pursue my MSW. I obtained an assistantship there which pays my entire tuition, as well as gives me health insurance and a 10,600 stipend.
I have also secured a summer internship at Cengage, which makes textbooks. If you've ever seen "Thomson" or "Wadsworth" on the back of your textbook (like the stats book we use for RDA) those are the people I will be working for :). I will be editing textbooks as well as putting current textbooks into an easily accessible "online format" for coursewebs or as cheaper alternatives than buying the textbook.
I'm going on to join the Teach for America Corps in South Louisiana. I'll be teaching Elementary Education, perhaps special education.
I don't know if that's cool or unusual enough, but I figured I should respond :)
Over the summer, I will be interning with a psychologist who specializes is Alcohol, Drug, and Marital problems. I don't know if that is cool or unusual but I am pretty excited. I will also be working with Pet Therapy programs around Michigan in preparation for work on my thesis.
Have a great summer!
I am going to grad school at University of Missouri Science and Technology to get me M.S. and eventually Ph.D. in geological engineering so that I can teach at a university.
Hello Renee and Dr. Cline,
In the fall, I will be participating in the semester long Newberry Library Program in Chicago, called Placing Race: Investigating the History and Memory of Racial Pasts. For the first few weeks the program will function similar to a graduate school seminar--with four workshop units. These units are about Native Americans, Slavery, Orientalism, and The Great Migration. The bulk of the semester will be spent completing an independent research project that makes use of the unique collections of the library. My attention will be focused on slave narratives. I will return to Albion in the spring to finish my senior year, and write my honors thesis.
Last summer, I received a FURSCA Grant to fund my research on Fallen Gentlemen: The Late-Victorian Fascination with Double Lives. I recently presented my findings at the Elkin Isaac Research Symposium.
That's probably more detailed than necessary, but at least you can pick and choose the information that you use.
Thanks and have a wonderful summer!
I am going to law school in the fall. As of right now, I plan on attending Indiana University, ranked 23 in the nation. Needless to say, I am happy to be heading back to my home state for more schooling!
I'm not sure if this counts, but I just got an internship through Americorps VISTA working with their summer school and reading program. It's aimed at getting impoverished parents more involved with their children's education.
Katie (first-year student)
I am attending the University of Toledo graduate program in physics in the fall. I am receiving a teaching assisstanceship and pursuing my PhD in physics with an astrophysics concentration. This summer, I will get a head start on research through a project with Rupali Chandar processing galactic spectra taken with Gemini (world's second largest telescope). This requires that I go to La Serena, Chile for 4-5 weeks!
In the fall, I will be studying Development Studies and Public Health in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition to taking a seminar in the subject, and a french course, I will have the opportunity to do field research underneath a prominent macro-development organization like a branch of the United Nations, the World Bank, or the Red Cross. At the end of the semester, I will develop a forty-page and 40 minute presentation on a topic concerning development studies, which I look forward to assisting me later with my honors thesis!
I am creating a symbolism major and am pursing doing various research opportunities including going to Greece and Rome to study abroad and do some archeological things there. I'm hoping to obtain more research assistance and opportunities as I am going to turn my research on Symbolism in partner with education into my thesis, and using the thesis as the basis for creating a textbook (with the hopes of creating a class at the High School level, then moving up to a Graduate level).
This summer I'm doing the FURSCA program with Dr. Kennedy. I'll be studying an unusual behavior in house wrens that she has noticed in previous years, and using experimental techniques to figure out what that behavior is.
I have been accepted into Teach for America and will be teaching secondary (7-12) English in the Mississippi Delta region. I think it's pretty cool! :-)
Hi Renee and Dr. Cline,
For my future plans, I will be exploring employment opportunities related to political science and public policy for the next two years. Hopefully by 2010, I will be working on a political campaign somewhere in Michigan. Then in the fall of 2011 I will be attending the Univ of Chicago to pursue a Master's degree in Public Policy.
If you need anything else, please let me know.
I love that I could have just included this in my paper email, but I forgot :)
So this summer I'm traveling to Poland for the Holocaust Studies Service Learning Program, so that should be very interesting, especially with Dr. Cock's honors class as additional background.
Then I'm going to Virginia for a month to serve an internship with the Fairfield Foundation. Basically, I'll be helping out on an archeological dig on a 17th-century plantation that burned down in the 1920s or 30s. Last time I went we focused on the garbage pit and the area near where the slave cabins once stood. This time, I'll probably be working closer to the actual house, getting down closer to what's left of the foundations. There is also another "surprise dig" as my supervisor calls it, so I'll be sure to keep you posted as to what that might be.
Besides that, I'll just be relaxing and catching up on some reading!
Dr. Cline/ Renee,
I am a sophomore but this summer I got a job working out in Connecticut at a summer camp called The Hole in the Wall Gang which is a camp for kids with cancer or any other life-threatening illness. I'm really excited about it and I think that it is going to be a great opportunity!!
This summer, I will be traveling to Graz, Austria as part of a National Science Foundation funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the Graz University of Technology. I will be conducting chemistry research.
This summer I am participating in an REU at University of Nevada, Reno. I'll be studying the impacts of urbanization on avian populations along the Truckee River. I'll be finding out more later, if you need more information.
I also competed with the Albion College Dressage Team at the Intercollegiate Dressage Association Nationals. The team finished eighth. As an individual at the lower training level, I finished reserve champion. If you want more information, there is an article on the equestrian center's website.
In the Spring of 2008 I sent an email out to seniors enrolled in PMB to see what they were up to. The following is that email plus the responses I received:
Notes by (and on) a few of Albion's students
I sent an early e-mail to PMB students asking for some nifty stories about individual student's accomplishments. The following is one week time-slice of what students say about themselves. Several of the best stories that I know of are not here. Many of the ones that are here are new to me, despite my familiarity with many of our good students. The email to PMB Honors students and their responses to me follow immediately. I find this to be very enjoyable reading. I believe that any parent visiting the College would want their son or daughter to be like many of these students, and to study with this strong faculty cohort.
Section I: My e-mail and students' responses:
Hi PMB folks,
I am giving a presentation to the Board concerning Honors at Albion. Focusing on students and what they are doing is our best feature, so I have a request of you. If you're doing something cool or unusual, if you are going to grad or professional school, if you are pursuing a research opportunity, have a scholarship to do work (either as an underclass student or as a graduating senior) please email me and tell me about it. I want to put together a sample of our amazing students and what they are doing so that the Board gets a good idea of the shape of our program as seen in its wonderful students.
Thanks for reading this (and please reply if you want),
I went on the Holocaust Studies Service Learning Project last May, which was the best learning experience of my life. I have spoke at a local church about my experience working in the Jewish cemetery, visiting Auschwitz, witnessing anti-Semitic acts, etc. I am also setting up a couple of opportunities to speak with local high school classes and classes from my hometown. This summer, I will be completing a FURSCA project in Victorian British Literature. The tentative title is: "Fallen Gentlemen in Victorian Literature and Society." I will be looking at microfilms of newspapers from the mid to late 1800s and also considering literature of the period such as The Importance of Being Earnest and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I hope that this project will serve as preliminary research for an honors thesis. I also just found out that I was selected as one of the winners for the Jay Olson German Award. I hope that is the type of stuff you are looking for.
Not so much a scholarly pursuit, but this summer I am returning to work at a Girl Scout adventure camp in Traverse City called The Timbers. I'll be working as a Camp Counselor but my real job is more of a trip leader. The way it works is that we facilitate two to three week camp sessions where we typically spend one week in camp preparing and planning a trip with our girls (ages 11-17). Then the second week we lead trips out into the back country of Michigan, Canada and Wisconsin doing canoeing, backpacking, bicycling and remote camping trips. It's a pretty unique program and takes me all over the unbeaten paths. We teach wilderness survival skills, leave no trace camping and a little bit of environmental education too. Just somethin kinda different. It's also a really rustic camp, so we learn to live without the perks of running water and electricity! ~ Sarah
Next fall I will be starting a PhD program in Experimental Psychology at the University of Mississippi. I will be working in the lab of Dr. Ken Sufka looking at Depression/Anxiety modeling in chicks. Usually rodents are used to assess the effectiveness of anti-depressant medications, but these models have not been shown to be uniformly responsive to all classes of anti-depressants. The chick paradigm however has shown response levels to all classes of anti-depressants similar to clinical data. I met Dr. Sufka while attending the Society for Neuroscience conference this past November in San Diego, California. This trip was partially supported financially by the Albion College Neuroscience Foundation. Amy
I am graduating from Albion College a year early (this is my third year of college) and going into Purdue University's Department of Statistics as a Ph. D. student this upcoming fall.
Next year I will be attending Chicago-Kent School of Law (which is affiliated with the Illinois Institute of Technology). I received a full-tuition scholarship for my first year and $20,000 per year after that providing I maintain a certain GPA. I am excited to move to Chicago and begin working on my law degree!
I am going to be working in a lab at the U of M Medicinal Chemistry Department over the summer.
I have been working with Craig Bieler as a Student Research Partner, using spectroscopy to study derivatives of the chemical Benzoic Acid, and will continue to do so next year. Also, I have received a FURSCA grant to stay on campus this summer to calibrate and use the Physics department's 11" telescope. Culver
I'm not sure if it would be so much cooler than any other individual (hope it is still considered cool though). I will be studying abroad next Fall in Nairobi, Kenya where I will learn the Swahili language and will head my own research project focusing on aspects of Kenyan Youth Development. Deondra
I'm doing two sort of cool things right now:
I'm currently interning with Member of European Parliament Peter Skinner in Brussels Belgium, where I work on a lot of challenging and interesting things including (but not limited to): contributing to the drafting of legislation, writing and editing press releases, writing speeches, and planning events.
I am also spending the summer doing FURSCA, where I will be getting paid to research and analyze the representation of place in Midwestern poet James Wright's works and use my insights on how he represents place in his writings to help write my own body of poetry. The research project and body of poetry will be woven together in my thesis.
I am planning on going to graduate school after I graduate next year and I am also doing some interesting work with my thesis. I don't know if that is what you are looking for or not but if it is I would be happy to contribute. Just let me know what you need me to do.
I'm not quite sure exactly what you want for this, but this school year I was doing research for Dr. Melissa Mercer-Tachick for her research project on Free Choice Learning Environments. I did a lot of preliminary research (through a number of sources and articles) about Free Choice Learning Environments themselves and the "3 R's" Melissa was focusing on (Relevance, Relationships, and Rigor). I met with Melissa often and discussed my findings and presented her with the hi-lighted and annotated articles. I found it to be a really rewarding (and interesting) experience (especially because it fit into my concentration, which is education), and I really enjoyed working with Melissa.
Please let me know if you need/wanted anything else in regards to this.
I was awarded a Snyder Scholarship to do Organic/Biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this summer. I do not know the details of the project yet, but I will be working with RNA (an increasingly hot topic in Biology and Chemistry). I can email you back if you would want any more scientific details about what the lab that I'll be joining is working on, but I am not totally aware at this point of what I will be doing.
I know this is usual out of many Honors students, but I am doing summer FURSCA studying attention mechanisms and how it is affected by aging and motivation manipulations. My honors thesis research is a precursor to graduate school studies in the cognitive sciences. I am strongly considering a concentration in comparative biolinguistic studies between humans and non-human primates. Although it is more common for many neuroscience concentrations to go either into neuroscience PhD programs or med. school, I have directed my interests to an interdisciplinary notion of thinking about how humans and animals acquire knowledge and higher order mental processes. Both my Honors and Albion psychology education have strengthened my desires to go in this intellectual route.
I'm doing an REU in Molecular Biotechnology and Genomics at Iowa State University this summer and also, I'm a part of the Honduras Medical Brigade that will provide medical relief to small towns in Honduras this August.
The past few summers I worked for MSU Pharm/Tox Dept. Published a paper on enos and its effects on hypertension.
Graduating this year and starting med school at U Mich in Aug.
I don't know if this is what you're looking for, but this summer I'm going to spend it writing a story down that my dad tells to help kids learn the basic rules of the English language. After it's written I'm going to try and get it published. I also am working with my sister to try and get the camp, for adults with mental retardation, that my family has run for the past 15 years, Special Friends Camp, to expand from a one week deal to something that happens year round. Oh, and I'm trying to write my own novel
Dr. Cline, I thought I'd respond to your email, I'm not sure if any of the things I've done are significant, but if you can use them, you're more than welcome to. I'm a junior, planning on attending medical school to become a D.O. in obstetrics. I take the MCAT in May and apply this summer for that. I also received FURSCA funding for the upcoming summer to do research under Dr. Lyons-Sobaski on an endangered plant species, Sebatia campestris. I'll also be continuing this research next year through directed study. I wasn't sure how much info you needed, or if it's even applicable, but if you need anything else, feel free to contact me. Heather
I am doing some interesting research this summer at the University of Michigan as a Research Assistant for the clinical testing of a new medical device. This device is a CVR (cardiovascular resonance) device that uses complex chips developed by the US Army and a physicist at Eastern Carolina University to detect blockages in the carotid artery (stenosis). I will be doing both paper research and getting certified to do human clinical research including administering the 30-40 second test on patients. I will be working closely with U of M researchers and with a former member of the U of M Medical School Board of Admissions. If it is as accurate as ultrasound, the CVR device will change health care greatly because currently it is much more expensive and takes much more time to do testing for stenosis, which can lead to stroke. Hope this helps.
The highlights of my time here at Albion.....
Togunde, D. and A. Carter. 2006. Socioeconomic causes of child labor in urban Nigeria. Journal of Children & Poverty. 12(1): 73-89.
Forthcoming in the March/April 2008 edition of the Journal of Social Science, In their own words: consequences of child labor in urban Nigeria by D. Togunde and A. Carter.
Assistant: Elizabeth Lynne United Kingdom Member of the European Parliament, Aug-Dec. 2007 European Union Parliament, Brussels, Belgium Responsible for: agenda/diary setting; handling of correspondence; speech writing; research of briefings related to speeches, debates, and meetings; and representing Ms. Lynne at EU Parliament meetings (e.g. Development Committee SAARC delegation, Subcommittee of Human Rights, and Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) party meetings).
Post-Albion Plans....Attending graduate school.
University of Chicago. Committee on International Relations.
This summer, really the week after I graduate, I'm starting my training in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. This will involve receiving both medical and graduate training in osteopathic medicine and neuroscience, which will eventually confer a degree of DO/PhD once I complete everything (which can take 7-8 years, typically). This summer I'll first be completing a 6 week lab rotation followed by a 6 week anatomy course. Following this I complete all my graduate courses in one year, take my comprehensive exams in neuroscience, and choose a research advisor to complete my PhD under. For the next two years after that I'll complete all my fundamental medical courses, followed by however long it takes to complete my PhD research and write my dissertation. Lastly, I'll complete my medical training with two years of clerkship at a base hospital! Then I'll be a DO/PhD, also known as a physician scientist!
I'll then be doing my years of residency, likely in neurology or psychiatry. After that (10 or so years from now), I'll likely be doing some combination of research and clinical work, probably at a medical school.
It's going to be a great time :o)
I participated in the Computational and Systems Biology Summer Institute (CSBSI) at Iowa State last summer. It was jointly sponsored by the NIH and the NSF. http://www.bioinformatics.iastate.edu/CSBSI/ Next year I will be attending graduate school, either in computational biology at Iowa State, where I have been awarded the NSF-IGERT graduate traineeship (http://www.igert.iastate.edu/) or in biostatistics at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health.
Sarah, I am going to field school this summer for archaeological dig. I don't know if that counts or not. . .
Hi Dr. Cline,
You know a lot of what I'm doing already, but just to highlight the really cool things:
- my thesis was the first performance-based one
- I won the concerto competition here twice, and this year am performing an entire concerto, which very few people have done here before.
- I'm going to grad school in the fall for a Master's of Music in Oboe Performance (haven't decided where, but I'm going)
... I think those are the most important things....
(NB: Alli auditioned at Yale and at Indiana in oboe.)
Halie Hi I will be doing lab research under Dr. Nunez in the neuroscience department at Michigan State University this summer :)
Right now, to supplement my education here at Albion, I am taking courses to achieve a Certificate in Youth Ministry offered by the Center for Ministry Development (CMD) of the Catholic Church. I am also taking courses to receive my Certificate in Catechesis through the Archdiocese of Detroit. I will have both of these certificates completed before I graduate in the Spring of 2009. I also currently have an internship (not for credit) at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Jackson, MI as a Youth Minister where I teach Sunday school and run youth group activities. This summer, I also have an internship (not for credit) at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Naperville, IL as the Director of Vacation Bible School where I am in charge of coordinating Vacation Bible School for 150 kids and approximately 80 volunteers.
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt
I am on my way to medical school, most likely at MSU. This past Monday, I presented my research as a poster in New Orleans at the American Chemical Society's Annual meeting. I was awarded a Certificate of Merit for content and presentation of my poster from the division of Environmental Chemistry...
Kinda cool I guess,
(Abbreviated) Curriculum Vitae
Double major in Psychology and Biology, Neuroscience Concentration, member of the Prentiss M. Brown
Tilot, A.K., & Jechura. T. J. (2007) Examination of Unihemispheric Sleep in an Australian Lizard, the
Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps). Poster presented at Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting,
November 2007, San Diego, CA. Poster also presented at the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
Meeting, November 2007, San Diego, CA, and the Michigan Undergraduate Psychology Research
Conference, April 2007, Grand Rapids, MI. Presented as a platform presentation at the Albion College
Elkin Isaac Research Symposium April 2007 Albion, MI.
Tilot, A.K., & Figueiredo-Pereira, M. (2007) Chaperone Rescue of Protein Aggregation in Inflammation
Associated Neurodegeneration. Presented at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium, July 2007,
November 3-7, 2007. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
July 25-27, 2007. Leadership Alliance National Symposium, Stamford, CT.
April 27-28, 2007. TriState (Plus) Conference on Animal Learning & Behavior, West Lafayette, IN.
April 21, 2007. Michigan Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.
October 14-18, 2006. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
2007 _ Present Society for Neuroscience
2007 _ Present Psi Chi
April 24, 2007 Invited to introduce Dr. Stephen Pinker, Harvard University, for the
keynote address of the Elkin Isaac Research Symposium.
2006 _ Present Albion College Fellow
2005 _ Present Albion College Dean's List
2005 _ Present Albion College Trustee Scholarship
Spring 2006 _ Present Research in Biological Rhythms
Since the spring of my first year at Albion College I have worked in a circadian rhythms laboratory, under the direction of Dr. Tammy Jechura, using analysis of video recordings of eye position to determine the presence of unihemispheric sleep in a common lizard. Currently, my research involves the effect of circadian disruption on pregnancy, as well as areas of brain activation under exposure to social odor cues and light.
June 4th _ August 2nd, 2007 Summer Program for Undergraduate Research Fellow
This past summer I participated in a summer research program at the Center for the Study of Gene Structure and Function, Hunter College, CUNY, in Dr. Maria Figueiredo-Pereira's lab and learned several cellular biology techniques including cell culture, Western blotting, PCR, gel electrophoresis, among others while working on a project involving the role of a chaperone protein in neurodegeneration.
August 2005 _ May 2007 Student Research Partner
As part of the Student Research Partners program at Albion College, I worked under Dr. David Reimann of the Mathematics/Computer Science department on an archival project about the department's history and faculty. In my second year of the program, I transferred to Dr. Jechura's lab and served as her Laboratory Coordinator, working closely with the other members of the lab on project execution and care of Octodon degus.
May 2006 _ July 2006 Internship in Marine Biology
Worked as an intern for Elizabeth Matthews of the Biology and Marine Biology department at the
University of Alaska, Southeast at the Juneau campus. As her intern I helped input data collected from studies of seal populations along tourism routes and became proficient with the End Note software.
Spring 2008 Albion College
Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Research Grant, awarded $500.
Fall 2007 Albion College
Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Travel Grant, awarded $600.
Fall 2006 Albion College
Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Research Grant, awarded $350
Fall 2005 Albion College
Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Research Grant, awarded $500.
Fall 2007 _ Present Psi Chi Vice President, Albion College Chapter
Winter 2007 _ Present Nu Rho Psi Co-Chair of Organizing Committee
Winter 2007 _ Present Kappa Delta Sorority Vice President Operations
Fall 2005 _ Present Honors Institute Honors Council Member
Fall 2007 English Club Vice President and Secretary
Genetics and Genomics
That is my CV as of February 2008, here's the addendum: March 28-29:
Tri-State Plus Conference on Animal Behavior and Learning at the University of Kentucky April 19: Michigan Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference at Albion College April 24: Elkin R. Isaac Research Symposium at Albion College May 15-23: Society for Research In Biological Rhythms Conference in Sandestin, FL June 2 - August 8: Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program in New York City, NY
The following is the more standard information we have collected in recent years about select 2008 honors graduates:
Paul Beach '08 Paul is in a joint PhD/DO program at Michigan State University
Mallory Below '08 Mallory Below is a PhD student in Psychology at Indiana
Arielle Carter '08 Arielle is attending graduate School at the University of Chicago studying International Relations
Brianna Caszatt '08 Brianna likes to write and will be living in England
Cam Harris '08 Cam is a graduate student in Psychology at the University of Cincinnati
Stacy Eads '08 Stacy is attending graduate school in education at the University of Louisville
Catherine Fontana '08 Catherine is attending Trinity College in Dublin on a Mitchell Scholarship
Catherine Game '08 Catherine is attending graduate school at the University of Michigan in the school of Natural resources and the Environment
Paul Gehres '08 Paul, a Jenkins Award winner, is studying environmental economics at the London School of Economics
Alli Gessner '08 Alli, a Jenkins award winner, is working on her master's degree in music performance at DePaul University
Jim Harris '08 Jim is attending the University of North Carolina in Charlotte where he is working on a graduate degree in German History
Grace Keeney '08 Grace won a Fulbright while competing with PhD students, and is studying at the London School of Economics before moving on to Brazil where she will work with NGOs on AIDS policy
Shauna Paradine '08 Shauna is a graduate student in Chemistry at the University of Illinois, Champaign
Phil Riley '09 Phil is in medical school at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
Jeremy Triosi Jeremy left Albion early to join the PhD program in mathematics at Purdue
Jason Sebacher '08 Jason is preparing his chops to Teach for America
Jackie Zablocki '08 Jackie is attending the Chicago Kent School of law
Megan Anderson '07 Megan is a PhD student at Rutgers University in the field of Psychology
Krystin Darmafall '07 Krystin is a medical student at Wayne State
Aaron Glenn '07 Aaron is a software designer for Epic Systems in Madison, Wisconsin
Drew Hasley '07 Drew is a PhD student in genetics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
Sarah Heddon '07 Jenkins Award Winner In competition with graduate students, Sarah won a research Fulbright to study at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Brynn Howard '07 Brynn Howard won a Fulbright to study in Germany
Rachael McKinny '07 Rachael is a PhD student in philosophy at Syracuse University
Scott Shewcraft '07 Scott has a full ride to law school at Michigan State University
Wendy Simanton '07 Jenkins Award Winner Wendy is a medical student at Wayne State.
Sarah Carver '06 Sarah is a PhD student in microbiology at Ohio State.
Dan Coupland '06 Dan is a PhD student in in Physics at Michigan State.
Rachel Lyons '06 Rachel is an MFA student at George Mason
Jayne Ptolomy '06 Jane is a PhD student in History at Yale.
Jordan Triosi '06 Jordan is a PhD student in psychology at the university of Buffalo.
Sarah West '06 Sarah West in working for Teach for America in the Chicago area.
Laura Jordan '05 Jenkins award winner: Has settled for a moment to work on a PhD in social anthropology at the University of Manchester
Ligia Paigna '05 Ligia is a graduate student at Johns Hopkins
David Pierce '05 David went to the PhD program in Philosophy at Georgetown
Yen Thieu '05 Yen went to graduate school at Brandeis
Jason Kennedy '04 Jason is a professor at the Art Institute of Ohio
Jeremy Szucs '02 Gene Cline, Great Issues in Humanities Professor and Director of Honors spoke briefly with Jeremy at the Alumni reception held at the Observatory during Homecoming. Jeremy is now in law school at Cleveland State. He did his honors thesis on the Trent Affair of 1861--in History. Contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa (Beatty) Lewis '01 She is now finishing up her MFA in poetry from New England College. She enjoys the creative community there, which reminds her so much of my time at Albion. She also married Ryan Lewis, class of 1998.
Honors Student Kara Christenson '06 interviewed the following alumni at the Reception held at the Observatory during Homecoming.
Beth Kudirka '98 Beth was a Spanish Major and did her thesis on the writing of Isabel Allende. She is now a professor of Spanish at Trinity College in Chicago Contact her at:
Irina Calin-Jageman '98 Irina was a Biology and Music Major and did her thesis on Genomic Evolution. She recently finished her Ph.D. in biochemistry and is now doing post-doctoral work at Wayne State Medical Center. Contact her at:
Bob Calin-Jageman '98 Bob was a Philosophy/Cognitive Science Major and he did his thesis on the Theories of Mental Representation. He is now finishing a Ph.D. in Biological Psychology at Wayne State University. He claims that he quite literally "lived" in the Honors Center while working on his thesis. Contact him at :
Matt Keck '96 Matt was a Speech Communications major and was involved with the Ford Institute. His thesis was on Transcendant Rhetoric in the Michigan Charter School Debate and he is now an attorney and teaches a course in law school on cyberspace law. Contact him at:
Wynne Martin '94 Wynne was a Biology major and her thesis was on Ecological Study of a Pond. She is now a Physical Therapist. Contact her at:
*Julie Stotz-Ghosh '92 Julie was an English major and she did her thesis on Toni Morrison's novels. She is now an Assitant English Professor here at Albion College. Contact her at:
Leslie Addison '92 Leslie majored in English and did her thesis on Women in Shakespeare. She is now a guidance counselor at a Middle School. Contact her at:
Andy Keck '91 Andy majored in Religious Studies and Music, his thesis compared Jewish and Christian Mystics. He is now a Librarian at Duke University. Contact him at: