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John Willis earns Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award

John Willis
John Willis was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

John Willis was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Willis is a graduating senior majoring in chemistry. At North Central, Willis tutored students in chemistry and presented research at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR). He also conducted summer research at the College and participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

Cancer researcher returns to North Central to guest lecture science courses

Zach Pratt, a 2005 alumnus who recently completed his doctorate in cancer biology, returned to North Central to guest lecture some biology courses.

Zach Pratt hopes to combine his passion for scientific research with his knack for teaching.

Since earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from North Central in 2005, Pratt has completed his doctorate in cancer biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He returned to North Central in February 2011 to guest lecture some biology courses, using bacteria to teach a lesson in evolution.

Work is underway on transformative North Central College Science Center

Construction work has begun for a new Science Center that will right-size campus facilities and transform the academic experience for students.

Construction work has begun for a new Science Center that will right-size campus facilities and transform the academic experience for students.

The 125,000-square-foot Science Center is being built on the west side of the 100 block of South Loomis Street, along the Sesquicentennial Walkway and south of Van Buren Avenue. The new facility was designed with additional classroom space to serve students of all academic disciplines.

Dr. R. Devadoss Pandian honored at Commencement for 30 years of leadership in academics

Dr. R. Devadoss Pandian receives honorary degree and emeritus status prior to his leaving North Central College

The hundreds of faculty candidates who’ve visited campus the past 20 years typically ended their interviews in the office of R. Devadoss Pandian, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. In his fifth floor office of Old Main, they all learned about his passion for teaching—and the No. 1 qualification for working at North Central College.

“You have to teach to every student in the class and in a class of 30 or 35 students, that’s not a small thing,” says Pandian, describing the qualities of a great teacher.

North Central College student earns finalist award in New York Times essay contest

North Central College’s Adam Lundquist ’16 had an essay published in The New York Times as one of four finalists in a writing contest for college students.

North Central College junior Adam Lundquist earned one of four finalist titles in a nationwide New York Times college essay contest.

“Modern Love,” a popular weekly series of reader-submitted essays that explore the joys and tribulations of love, asked college students to submit personal stories of modern love for the opportunity to have their work published in the newspaper.

North Central College announces largest fundraising campaign in school’s 154-year history

Students demonstrate chemistry experiments at the kickoff celebration
North Central College has launched its Brilliant Future Campaign—a seven-year, $150 million fundraising effort, the largest in the College’s history.

North Central College has launched its Brilliant Future Campaign—a seven-year, $150 million drive that is the largest fundraising effort in the College’s 154-year history.

Nearly 1,000 students, alumni, trustees, faculty and staff gathered with local and regional elected officials, business leaders and other dignitaries May 15 at a kickoff celebration in the College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center.

North Central College breaks ground on “transformative” new Science Center

North Central College held a groundbreaking for a new Science Center that ranks among the most transformative facility upgrades in the College’s history.

North Central College on Friday held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new Science Center that ranks among the most transformative facility upgrades in the College’s 154-year history.

2015 Honors Convocation award winners

North Central recognizes high-achieving students for academic and co-curricular excellence at the College’s 39th annual Honors Convocation.

On May 12, North Central College held its 39th annual Honors Convocation, an annual spring event that publicly celebrates student excellence in the academic and co-curricular life of the College. Some 55 students were introduced by faculty members, who recognized them for their academic achievements. In addition, a record 41 College Scholars, eight Richter Grant recipients and some 30 Scholar All-Americans were recognized for their successes.

MIT physicist delivers Rall Symposium keynote about “The Future of Learning”

Dr. David Pritchard
MIT physics professor and education researcher Dr. David Pritchard delivered a Rall Symposium keynote on "The Future of Learning."

MIT professor David Pritchard to deliver Rall Symposium keynote at North Central College

North Central College welcomes Dr. David Pritchard as keynote speaker for the 18th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research May 12.

North Central College welcomes Dr. David Pritchard as keynote speaker for the College’s 18th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research on May 12.

The public is invited to Pritchard’s talk at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. His keynote address kicks off a day of student oral and poster presentations held during the Rall Symposium, a forum for North Central College undergraduate students to present their independent scholarly research projects across all academic areas.

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