North Central College - Naperville, IL

Grace Muganda

“I love working in the lab and being around people who eat, breathe and sleep science,” says Grace Muganda. “It’s a great big family inside the Science Center—a real community. It’s marvelous to talk about your work with the faculty and other students. You can talk to the professors about anything, anytime. I can go to them with questions about life, worries about graduate school—anything. They really care about us.

“You can get a great education here. I completed an internship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison last summer, and I was the only intern in the group who had written a lab report fit for publication. I’m confident I can go anywhere and do anything I want to do.”

In fact, she’s well on her way toward achieving her current goals of graduate study and, ultimately, a career in medical education. “I want to become dean of a medical school,” she says. Grace recently landed an internship at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. “I’ll be assigned a mentor—either a Ph.D. or M.D. student—and we’ll do research together,” she says. Grace is also the College's latest Goldwater honoree. She earned an honorable mention in the Barry M. Goldwater National Scholarship Program.

Majors Minors and Programs : Biochemistry

Students present their summer research to the campus

Students present their summer research to the campus

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For the past six weeks, 37 students and 15 faculty have participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC) conducting research that spans many majors and topics. Students presented their research to the campus community July 21 in a poster format in Kroehler Science Center. Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry, noted research can be lonely and slow-going at times, so students and faculty involved in SURC meet weekly to collaborate and discuss their work.


Biology major wraps up stellar academic, athletic career at North Central

Alex Knobloch becomes both the College's 2010 Outstanding Major in Biology and the 2010 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Man of the Year.

Alex Knobloch of East Moline made the most of his experience at North Central College, excelling in both academics and athletics.

Among other honors, the Alleman High School graduate and son of Craig and Barb Knobloch was named the College’s 2010 Outstanding Major in Biology and the 2010 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Man of the Year, an award that recognizes the conference’s top male student-athlete.

Recent videos tell stories of campus life

Recent videos tell stories of campus life

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End-of-year athletics rally, courtesy of NCTV17. Concert Choir singing “River in Judea’’ at graduation concert. Cancer survivor Meagan Rowe ’12 talks about Relay for Life, her experiences.


Cancer researcher, MacArthur fellow is Commencement speaker

Cancer researcher, MacArthur fellow is Commencement speaker

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Dr. Olufunmilayo “Funmi” Olopade, an internationally respected cancer researcher and MacArthur fellow, will deliver the Commencement address at North Central’s 145th graduation ceremony June 12. Olopade is the associate dean for global health and professor of medicine and human genetics at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. As a physician and scientist, she epitomizes the “bench to bedside” philosophy in her application of scientific discoveries to clinical medicine.


Student earns National Science Foundation Fellowship

Student earns National Science Foundation Fellowship

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Emily Albright '10 has been awarded a 2010 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Albright, a biochemistry major from Naperville, can apply the portable financial award toward a graduate school of her choosing. While at North Central, she's honed her research skills while working with such faculty as Jonathan Visick, associate professor of biology, and Stephen Johnston, Roger and Nadeane Hruby Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


North Central student earns National Science Foundation Fellowship

North Central College student Emily Albright of Naperville has earned a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship.

North Central College student Emily Albright of Naperville has earned a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship.

The three-year award carries a $30,000 annual stipend and nearly $12,000 in additional funding for educational expenses and travel. Albright, a senior majoring in biochemistry, plans to pursue graduate studies in molecular biology and has been accepted to several top institutions.

A Legacy of Science-Mildred Rebstock

From the science labs of Goldspohn Hall in the early 1940s came a scientist who was featured in Time magazine and honored in Washington D.C. Dr. Mildred Rebstock was given much of the credit for finding a synthetic form of chloromycetin. At the time, antibiotics had to be grown slowly from molds and the rarity of chloromycetin (discovered in 1947) limited its widespread use in combating diseases like typhoid fever and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. That changed with Rebstock’s discovery in 1949.

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