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. If you would like to learn more about the program just click on the link and sign up for a - Virtual Honors Information Session.
1st Year Retreat - Saturday, August 29th - details to come
Painting Party - TBA
Virtual Escape Room - TBA
Trivial Pursuit Students vs. Professors - TBA
Coffee Hours - TBA
Rock Painting - TBA
More events are being planned throughtout the summer - Any and all suggestions for Social Distance events are welcome!
Saturday, September - 7th Years Retreat at Michindoh in Hillsdale, MI
Be a "Albion College Honors Student" for day - schedule one with Renee
Ice Cream Social - Tuesday, Sept. 17th 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Games Nights - Thursdays at 6:00pm - Pizza & Pop
Haunted House/Ice Cream Parlour - Thursday, Oct. 24 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Spooktacular - Thursday, October 31st - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Scary Movie Night - Thursday, October 31 - 7:00pm
Chicago Trip - Saturday, November 16 - Leave campus at 8:00am
Trivial Pursuit - Students vs. Professors - Tuesday, November 12- 5:30pm
Cornwell's Dinner Theatre - Friday, November 22 - 5:30pm
Decorating Pary - Cookies & Building - Monday, December 2, 7:00-9:00pm
Study Desserts - Last day of classes - Friday, December 6 8:00pm
Honors Facebook Page - Join Us Today!
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.
Marlo Scholten ’21 - Everything is in place for me to go to the Newberry Seminar in the fall in Chicago, where I'll be able to use the wide variety of materials in the library to conduct original research. It is my hope that this research will build on the research that I do this summer through fursca, which will be about the history and analysis of top grossing American horror.
Anthony Avouris ’21 - I am working on a research synthesis paper on the topic of cultural and practical continuity between the Ancient and Medieval Greeks. I will be presenting my findings at the Elkin R. Isaac Research Symposium, which will help me gain a better footing when the time comes to apply to graduate schools. I am also in the process of applying to study abroad at the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland, for next school year.
Shelby Stajdl ’20 - I am a junior here at Albion college,and a biology major. I plan on taking a gap year and then going to grad school to be a Physicians Assistant. I am currently do research in Dr. Streu’s Lab, working on controlling quorum sensing bacteria with photoswitchable molecules. I have to do the Chemistry to synthesize the AHL of the bacteria to make it photoswitchable using an azo bond, then do the biological tests using bacteria to see if it actually works. So far I have synthesized one AHL, and am currently working on my 2nd. I will be presenting at Elkin Issac, and hopefully continuing my research over the summer through FURSCA.
Rachel Stander ‘21 - I am a Junior at Albion College and am majoring in Biology, minoring in Psychology, and have a concentration in Secondary Education. I have been working as a research assistant in Dr. Abigail Cahill's lab at Albion College. This is my third year researching in the lab and continuing my research. My research project is focused on exploring the invertebrates that inhabit the inland salt marsh habitats of Michigan. My research team and I have collected field samples from salt marshes in Maple River, MI. I've been examining the samples from the salt marsh communities in order to identify and classify the organisms that live there. I've recently been doing molecular work on the organisms by extracting DNA and performing Polymerase chain reactions. These procedures are intended for the species identification of the organisms, specifically the invertebrates. The purpose of my research is to investigate how the biodiversity of the inland salt marsh habitats differ from the freshwater habitats. Also, I've been examining how the freshwater species have adapted to the saltwater environments. Some exciting news is that I received funding through a research grant provided by FURSCA and will be continuing my research during the summer of 2020 at Albion College.
Jessica Behrman 20’ - I am double majoring in Biology and Environmental Studies with a minor in English. I am also a member of the Center for Sustainability and Environment as well as the student run Environmental Club. In doing so I also spend time helping at the greenhouse and the student farm. In hopefully pursuing a science writing and illustration career, I am the co-managing and features editor for the Albion Pleiad as well as a staff member on the Albion Review. Keeping up with academics and extra curricular activities, I don’t have time for much more. I will be working on my thesis next year after attending a few courses at Stone Laboratory on Lake Erie this summer through Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant.
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.