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Albion College's Honors Program

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.

EVENTS FOR FALL 2022 - 

   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!
   Honors Face Book Page - Join us today!

 

Here Are a Few of the Events That Honors Students had the Option to Attend last school year

SPRING 2022

  • Come be a "Albion College Honors Student" for day - schedule with Renee
    3rd Annual Film Festival - Bohm Theater, Sunday, February 22 - Noon
  • Murder Mystery Dinner Train
    Ice Skating
    K-Wings Hockey Game
    Escape Room Trip 
    Netflix Comedy Night 
    Movie & Game Nights
    Elkin Isaac / Honors Convocation - Thursday, April 22
    Study Dessert - Thursday, April 30 @ 8:00pm
    Honors Face Book Page - Join us today!

 

RESEARCH PROJECTS OUR CURRENT STUDENTS ARE WORKING ON NOW

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 2021GRADUATES 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

See what other research projects our students have worked on

 

Glasgow University Program

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.

Here are a couple of emails from two of our current students that have studied there:

Lindsay Weiss
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.

Andrew Zimmer 
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.