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Sanders, '15, Wraps Undergraduate Research Career at Oak Ridge

Stephanie Sanders, '15
"During my time at Albion I have gained numerous research experiences, from an Albion College FURSCA project in Ireland to a summer fellowship at the University of Wisconsin and an internship at BASF," the senior chemistry and mathematics major writes. This past fall, the 2014-2015 Goldwater Scholar completed another internship, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. "I want to earn a doctorate in chemistry and this gives me another invaluable research experience with a national laboratory." 

For Samson, '15, Career Options Run Wide After Green-Tech Project

Michelle Samson, '15
As an Albion College senior cross country runner, Michelle Samson is used to taking a few turns on the course en route to the finish line. Thanks to her work this summer on a nanontechnology project addressing water filtrationsponsored by chemistry professor Kevin Metz and the College's Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activitythe biochemistry major from Allen Park may have altered the course of her career as well.


Lewis' 'Game-Like' Mobile App Helps Teach Chemical Bonding

Lisa Lewis, professor of chemistry, Albion College
A new app developed by Albion College chemistry professor Lisa Lewis that enables students to become more familiar with chemical-bonding concepts recently was launched July 24 in the Apple App Store. The program, Chemical Valence, has a "game-like" interface, she told Campus Technology magazine, "where students can play with fundamental concepts in chemical bonding." It's the second app effort for Lewis, who in 2012 created one focused on strong acids and strong bases. Read more on

Snacking Elephants and Throwing Spears: Josh Hall's Africa Semester

Josh Hall
"You have to push it, rather than throw it," says Josh Hall, '14, of a spear-throwing lesson he recently had with Maasai Moran in Kenya. Discovering a new talent was an unexpected bonus for Hall, who is spending the spring 2014 semester in Africa, learning Swahili and studying wildlife management, wildlife ecology and environmental policy.

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