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 2021

  Come be a "Albion College Honors Student" for day - schedule with Renee or Martha from Admissions
   Game Nights - September & October

   1st Year Retreat - Saturday, September, 11th
    Ice Cream Social - Monday, September 2th
   Trivial Pursuit Students vs. Professors - September 27th
    Tie Dye Party - October 9th    
    Haunted House & Ice Cream Trip - October 21st
    Pumpkin Painting, Carving, Decorating Party - October 24
    Escape Room - November 14th
    Broadway Play at the Fisher Theatre - Hadestown - December 5th
    More events are being planned throughtout the semester - Any and all suggestions are welcome!
   
 

SPRING 2022 - TBD

CURRENT HONORS STUDENT RESEARCH and PROJECTS:  

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.

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 second 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 2019 at Albion College.

Marcelle Collares ’22 - My project is focused on how to teach and apply the ludic (also known as playful) method of education. During the last 10 weeks, I have been reading important books and articles about this method and planning a way to apply it to a Social Studies 6th-grade class at Mar Lee Middle School taught by Professor Chris Henke. I have also watched movies and shows in which this method is used, and had structured conversations with educators.   My goals were to understand the ludic method of education and the reasons to apply this method instead of the traditional one, write a rationale to explain the ludic method and how it can be implemented, develop a curriculum project for the social studies classes.

Claire Mitchell 21’ - My project is called Casino Euchre. It centers around the idea of turning euchre into a casino game. This project was a continuation of my research from last summer where I️ researched what made a good casino game and how those ideas could be applied to euchre. The rules of euchre were adapted to fit the model of a successful casino game. Then the main goal was to create a strategy. This was the main goal of this summer’s research along with completing the computer program from FURSCA 2019 and looking into the idea of a user interface for the game.

C.J. Morton 21’ – For my project I was trying to find a multitude of primers that were polymorphic and could be amplified. This project was important to my future outside of Albion College because it helped me to further narrow down the type of work I would look forward to doing later in life. This experience helped me to make it through the monotony of the corona virus quarantine and further showed me that I can work for hours a day at a desk without too much of a problem which was surprising to me. This has helped to shape the future I am trying to plan out.

WHERE A FEW OF OUR 2021 GRADUATES ARE HEADED

Working for Dana Incorporated as a Financial Analyst

PhD program at Penn State University in I/O Psychology

I plan on joining the work force now

Masters at University of Detroit-Mercy for clinical mental health counseling

I will be attending medical school at Central Michigan University.

Attending Michigan State University for a Master's in Social Work, specializing in addiction treatment and veterinary social work.

I’ll be attending grad school at Western, and am currently working at SAFEPlace, a domestic violence shelter.

I plan to go to graduate school for genetic counseling. If I don't get in this cycle work for a year and re apply.

I plan on working during my gap year while studying for the LSat before going to Law School

gap year working at the U of M hopefully!!

Will be attending MSU for a Masters in Social Work, specializing in addiction therapy and animal therapy

I start working for Ernst and Young LLP in their tax division in La Jolla, CA starting January 2021 until then I plan on studying and passing the CPA exams

I’m doing a service year with City Year DC

I will be taking a gap year. During that time, I hope to work as an English tutor or participate in internships for relevant career skills such as copywriting, editing, etc. I will also be pursuing the possibility of publication in journals relevant to my discipline and academic interests, whether they be peer-reviewed open journals, journals dedicated to undergraduate research, journals of literary criticism, etc. After that, I hope to pursue graduate degrees in English Literature, Education, or Advertising/Technical Writing.

Peace Corps

Attending The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Next semester I will be attending a Marine Science Masters program through San Francisco State University's Estuary and Ocean Science Center known as RIPTIDES (Research Intensive Pedagogical Training of InterDisciplinary Estuarine Scientists). I will be studying the great white shark population at the Farallon Islands off the coast of California and looking into the effects of tourism and chumming.

Law school at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

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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 $1,300 per term.

Here are a couple of notes that students sent us about the program:

Dear Renee,
 
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.
 
    Lindsay Weiss
 
 

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.

   Andrew Zimmer