In December, students take advantage of life-changing study abroad opportunities.
Jan. 24, 2011—North Central College’s trimester format offers students a break from regular classes between Thanksgiving and the new year. During December—or D-Term—students can take advantage of North Central’s study abroad opportunities.
Currently a medical student at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, Allison discovered her passion for medicine while studying biology and chemistry at North Central. Here she conducted academic research with faculty members and presented her work at national conferences. She also volunteered for community service projects, served as president of an honors society chapter and mentored fellow students as a lab assistant and preceptor.
“You can walk into North Central professors’ offices and chat with them about their weekend or ask about your homework,” she says. “The faculty are very friendly. In fact, when I came for my Presidential Scholarship interview as a freshman, Dr. (Stephen) Johnston let me play around in his lab. That was really cool.”
Like many students, Ben didn’t realize how well North Central College had prepared him for his career until he graduated. When he arrived at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Dentistry to work toward his DDS degree, he quickly discovered that many of his peers had no experience conducting the type of research he had completed at North Central. One classmate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was stunned by Ben’s experience. “He clearly never imagined that a school of just a couple thousand students would turn out science majors with legitimate research experience,” Ben says.
“That exchange made me proud of my North Central background. I enjoyed surprising that classmate. I’m grateful for the opportunities, challenges, great instruction, outstanding people and overall experience that I had at North Central.”
Named North Central’s 2009 Outstanding Major in Chemistry and an Academic All-American, Ben received a prestigious NCAA post-graduate scholarship.
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.
The College’s Cultural Events and Office of International Programs will co-host the free screening of the documentary Blue Gold: World Water Wars at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in Meiley-Swallow Hall.
Some business circles have referred to fresh water as “blue gold” just as oil is called “black gold.” This film features interviews with 13 specialists who address the worldwide shortage of fresh water.
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.