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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.

Biology major, top doctoral student Nate Montgomery ’00 is outstanding alumnus

Nathan Montgomery '00, M.D., Ph.D.
Nathan Montgomery '00, M.D., Ph.D., receives North Central College’s 2015 Alumni Recognition Award at Homecoming celebration.

At its Homecoming celebration this fall, North Central College honored 2000 alumnus Nathan Montgomery, M.D., Ph.D., with an Alumni Recognition Award. Presented annually, the award recognizes potential for success in a career, community service or support of North Central College by younger alumni.

North Central College graduates pursue careers in cutting-edge nanotechnology field

Chris Boffa ’15 and Abby Hooper ’08
Three recent graduates are pursuing careers in the cutting-edge field of nanotechnology research, and one has secured three patents.

Landing a position in research in the cutting-edge field of nanotechnology may seem like an unattainable dream job for many graduates right out of college. But for North Central College alumni, it’s becoming a bit of business as usual.

Three Cardinal alumni—Abby Hooper ’08, Chris Boffa ’15 and Daisy Lauriano ’15—are working at Nanophase Technologies Corporation. The Romeoville, Ill.-based company grew out of Argonne National Laboratory in 1989, where some of the earliest research in the nanotech space was taking place.

Daniella Martinez

Daniella’s decision to major in chemistry at North Central opened up more opportunities than she imagined.

“The chemistry department keeps students updated on research opportunities, part-time positions and internships in the area to help enhance lab skills and prepare for post-graduation employment.”

While at North Central, Daniella interned as a laboratory assistant at the DuPage County Public Works and the City of Naperville’s Water Department. Because of these opportunities, Daniella graduated with a full-time position at Fehr Solutions, a water-treatment service company in Geneva, IL.

Daniella is grateful for the help she received from the College faculty in preparing for her career.

“The professors encourage you to make your own decisions but guide you to make good choices. They prompt critical thinking in anything you do.”

“Research opportunities through North Central have helped me think critically and problem solve.”

Eva Shinikova earns Outstanding Major in Actuarial Science Award

Eva Shinikova ’15
Eva Shinikova ’15 received the Outstanding Major in Actuarial Science Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Eva Shinikova ’15, daughter of Radoslav and Silviya Shinikova of Aurora, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Actuarial Science Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

Eva graduated in June from North Central College with a major in chemistry and minors in actuarial science, finance and economics. She is a graduate of Downers Grove South High School.  

At North Central, Eva was a member of the College Scholars Honors Program and conducted independent research for her honors thesis. Her name regularly appeared on the Dean’s List of scholars.

Daniella Martinez earns Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award

Daniella Martinez ’15
Daniella Martinez ’15 received the Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Daniella Martinez ’15, daughter of Jose and Juana Martinez of Aurora, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

Daniella graduated in June from North Central College with a major in chemistry and minor in mathematics. She is a graduate of Aurora East High School.

New faculty dean Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola has vision for building on success

Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola
No “status quo” with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola.

Talking with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola, there are a few words you won’t hear—like “status quo.” He pursued the position as leader of academic affairs knowing that his challenge will be to elevate the reputation of the faculty and academic programs, which in quality far exceeds similar and better-known institutions. It’s a goal that excites him.

North Central College begins academic year with record number of first-year students

First-years cheer at a pep rally Sept. 9
North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.

North Central College began the 2015-2016 academic year Sept. 14 with a record number of first-year students.

“The Class of 2019 is truly an impressive result in a competitive recruiting marketplace,” says North Central College President Troy Hammond.

North Central College welcomes near record number of tenure-track faculty

Abiodun Goke-Pariola, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty
North Central’s hire of 14 tenure-track faculty for the 2015-2016 academic year is the highest in 27 years and rivals the largest class ever.

Fourteen new tenure-track faculty members—representing all academic divisions, including arts and letters, business and economics, human thought and behavior, and science—started the 2015-2016 academic year at North Central College.

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