Starting in Fall 2015, Albion College will annually offer four-year tuition, room, and board to as many as 10 first-year students who are Albion residents and attended Albion Public Schools in grades 6-8. Read more
Finding Genes to Fight Cancer: Kimmy Leverenz's Summer 2011 Internship
Almost every day, I look at my watch, feeling like I have been there for a few hours, and all of a sudden it is 5 o'clock. I also really like the idea that the work I am doing could potentially help a great deal of people, one reason I want to go into medicine.
Expert Discusses 'Financial Wellness' in Gerstacker Event
Addressing an important part of healthy living, Albion College's Gerstacker Institute invited expert Sarah Fisher to discuss "Financial Wellness." Fisher brought this message in a public address November 14 in the Bobbitt Visual Arts Center.
Gerstacker Students Help Albion Win Regional Fed Challenge
Demonstrating their understanding of the workings of the Federal Reserve, a team of Albion students—including Heather Waldron, Thomas Worden, Andrew Bieber, and Evan Malecke from the Gerstacker Institute—received honorable mention status as one of five teams taking part in the 2011 College Fed Challenge national finals in Washington, D.C. Albion went up against Harvard, Rutgers, North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Lafayette in the nation's capital, which followed a victory in the Chicago District College Fed Challenge.
Pat Underwood, '12, Studies at Georgia Health Sciences University
"In the summer of 2011, I participated in the Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU) Student Training and Research (STAR) program. The program gave students an opportunity to spend 9 weeks of the summer in a biomedical research lab.
I worked 40 hour weeks in Dr. Darren Browning’s lab doing research on the therapeutic activation of Protein Kinase G (PKG) by Phosphodiesterase Type 5 (PDE5) Inhibitors in the colon. In the most basic terms, I was looking to see whether or not PDE5 Inhibitor drugs could possibly help prevent or treat colon cancer. During my time in Dr. Browning’s Lab, I learned to culture cells, transfect DNA into cells, Western Blot, run Assays, and many other biomedical techniques. The research culminated in a poster session with all of the other STAR students so that we could learn to present our research.
The 9 weeks I spent in Georgia were both very fun and interesting. It allowed me to live in a new part of the United States for a period of time. The culture, cuisine, and accent were all different and I really enjoyed spending time in Augusta. The STAR program staff were excellent. They set us up with research mentors in our respective areas of interests and made sure everything ran smoothly.
Prior to leaving GHSU, they asked me to recruit more Albion College students to apply to the program. It is a great program and my hope that other Albion College students will get to have the same excellent experience that I had.