Albion College's Honors Program provides an exciting and unique variety of academic experiences for highly motivated and talented students. The Program's mix of small discussion-based classes, independent research, academic rigor, and personal attention provides Honors students with special challenges and opportunities for growth. Many of the College's finest teachers and scholars regularly contribute to the Program's curriculum.
The Program provides honors students with opportunities to participate in museum and theatre excursions, our Honors Student Council, various campus symposia, the hosting of distinguished campus visitors and a variety of other social and intellectual activities.
The Honors Program at Albion was founded in 1976 and in August of 2004 it was renamed The Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. The Honors Program is located in the historic Observatory building and contains a seminar room for honors classes, the Honors coordinator's office, as well as meeting, lounge/library, computing and study areas for honors students and their guests.
Thank you for your interest in the Honors Program. Most students apply and are admitted to the Brown Honors Program in their senior year of high school. We invite you to come to campus and be a "Student for a Day" sit in on classes, meet with professors, coaches, lunch with students, have your Honors Interview - schedule your special day today! You may begin the process of applying to the Program through our online application.
Honors Council - Tuesdays @ 6:00pm
Haunted House/Ice Cream Parlour - Thursday, Oct. 5 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Tye Dye Party - Tuesday, Oct. 24th 5:00-7:00pm
Midnight Dessert - Last day of classes - Friday, December 1
DSP Dinner Reception - Friday, February 2
Ski / Snowboard / Tubing Trip - TBA
Note Writing to Prospects - TBA
Midnight Dessert - Thursday, April 26
Research Projects our Current Students are working on now
Stephanie Thurner ‘18
This summer I begin my FURSCA project with Dr. Kennedy - I will be studying parental feeding and post-fledging behavior patterns of juvenile House Wrens. Each nest cup will contain an iButton™ a temperature data logger - to test these predictions, I will monitor parental feeding at nests and follow juvenile birds after leaving their nests at the Whitehouse Nature Center.
Beau Brockett ’19 - On top of cross country and track, I am currently a co-managing editor for the Albion Pleiad, Albion College's student-run news source. This semester, we are attempting to hone in on community journalism. The city of Albion does not have a daily paper, so very few citizens may know what is happening in their town or at their city council meetings. This is where we are hoping to step in! Albion College and the Albion community have been coming together more and more with each passing year and we hope to be a strong step in this process. Check us out online at www.albionpleiad.com.
Olivia Maleckas ’20 - I am currently working on getting an internship for clinical psychology. I plan on working with inmates in the future, so I'm trying to go somewhere along the lines of corrections. I already have an internship set up with the Albion Department of Public Safety, I'm just waiting on the verdict on my position in corrections. I'm also connecting with professors from both aspects of my field to gain networking abilities in the future. I'm hoping they can help me with my research when I propose my thesis on psychopaths and sociopaths.
Isabel Allaway ’20 - I am a first year student planning to majoring in public policy and sociology, and minoring in communication. I am an intern for the City Manager’s office in Albion’s city hall. I am learning a lot about local politics, organizing community events, and grant writing. It has been a wonderful way to get to know more people in the Albion community, and I hope to continue my work there throughout the rest of my time at Albion. Recently I have spent a lot of time applying for a grant from the Albion Community Foundation in collaboration with local businesses to install bike racks downtown. The office is waiting to hear back about another grant application that will create a Health Care Network between Albion’s various health care providers to provide better care for the community. My research got this project off the ground and I’m excited to see how it unfolds and what benefits it can have for the people of Albion.
Anna Miller ’18 - I’m studying biology and music. I play flute in the Albion Orchestra, am a member of the dance team, and teach Pilates to faculty and staff through the Depot. I am the student manager of the Music Department and a member of the leadership honor fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa. For the past three years, I have worked in a Drosophila lab studying transcription display and DNA repair. I am excited to see my data come together and to have the opportunity to present my poster this semester!
Katerina Boni ’18 - I'm an English and communications major hoping to work in the book publishing field. Currently I'm studying off-campus in New York City where I'm interning at Bloomsbury and Workman publishing houses, which makes five internships I've had thanks to Albion connections! My experience as Editor-In-Chief of The Albion Review and a sections editor for The Pleiad has given me a leg up when applying for internships. Plus, at Albion I've gotten to continue my love of music after high school by being in marching and symphonic band. I'm also Kappa Kappa Psi's historian as well as a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and Sigma Tau Delta and a marketing coordinator for the Career and Internship Center. Somehow I find time for fun events, friends, and (a little bit of) sleep too! I've learned how to manage my time well and prioritize just as I'll be expected to once I graduate.
Alena Farooq ‘18
I'm the "Year of Wellness Intern" which means that I work with the committee heads to plan and organize committee meetings and other events that they'd like to do, like bringing in hospital representatives for free check-ups, and setting up different clubs to get people to be more active (walking club, rowing club, running club). I also had the chance to plan my own events based on suggestions from the committee heads, like the Biggest Winner competition (which you know all about!), and had a lot of fun planning our Wellness Fair by finding vendors, compiling all the information about vendors so that all the committee members had access to it, and then managing it with the committee on the day of.
Becca Barry ‘18
I'm studying sociology, economics, and philosophy. So far I've traveled to 4 different countries through Albion and 8 states. I love traveling and studying different types of people. I'm a reporter for Albion as well as Campus Chairperson of Global Brigades, and member of Delta Gamma. I also work in admissions as an event coordinator for the Distinguished Scholars Program. When I'm not involved on campus, I reach out to the community and work to get involved in the City of Albion. I'm always looking to get involved and meet new people!
Heather Conner ‘18
My friend Jennifer Neilson and I are working on expanding the bike rental program on campus. We are going to meet with city hall to see if we could get a donation or other help to add bikes to the schools fleet, put up more bike racks, get a shop in town where we can buy parts and have tools that everyone can use for repairs, and a place to put the bikes during the winter so they don't break or rust.
The Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program is proud to announce an off-campus research and study opportunity at Glasgow University in Scotland. Click on the accompanying Glasgow PowerPoint for an introduction to this program. You will find an exciting honors course on the Scottish Enlightenment, and courses ranging from Anthropology and Art History to Chemistry and Physics. Students enrolled in the Glasgow program will be taking difficult form 3 and 4 classes.
Our Glasgow program is intended for upperclass honors students who receive the highest recommendation from Albion faculty and who also have the support of the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program director. Learn more on our Current Students page.
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.
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.