North Central College - Naperville, IL

Majors Minors and Programs : Pre-Medicine

Allison Beckham

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.”

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.


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.


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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