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North Central College’s science alumni, guest speaker share careers

Michael Chapman, Ph.D., professor in the school of physics, Georgia Institute of
Second annual Science Alumni Event hosts guest speaker Dr. Michael Chapman, Blake Young ’04 and Allison Beckham ’09 on their career experiences.

In what has become an annual tradition during Cornerstone Week, North Central hosted its second Science Alumni Event May 16. This year’s program featured guest speaker Michael Chapman, Ph.D., professor in the school of physics at Georgia Institute of Technology, and alumni Blake Young ’04 and Allison Beckham ’09. 

North Central College is first DuPage university to earn Earth Flag for sustainability

North Central College is the first college or university in DuPage County to earn an Earth Flag for its sustainability initiatives.

NOTE: An Earth Flag presentation event scheduled for April 18 was canceled. It may be rescheduled for a later date.

North Central College is the first college or university in DuPage County to train students and employees about energy conservation and meet other requirements to earn an Earth Flag for its sustainability initiatives.

North Central College to host Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering competition

North Central College will host sectional contest March 14 in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge.

North Central College on March 14 will host sectional competition in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge.

The Academic Challenge is a competitive series of tests created and administered by WYSE and offered to high school students in Illinois and Missouri. This competition has been hosted by North Central College for more than 10 years and is designed to present a challenge to the brightest students.

Students may apply by Feb. 20 for Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research

Students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research May 14.

North Central College students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research, which will take place during Honors Day on Tuesday, May 14.

Information about the symposium and how to submit proposals may be found on the College’s website. A list of frequently asked questions also is available.

Verandah courses

Verandah experiences are intellectually and personally stimulating for students and faculty.

Undergraduate research

Students gain valuable skills conducting research on the effects of caffeine.

Bhavini Shah '98

Bhavini Shah was promoted to senior director of project management for Siemens Diagnostics in Deerfield, IL. She is responsible for managing the portfolio of strategic projects for the executive office and key communications to Siemens executive teams. She may be reached at s_bhavini@hotmail.com.

North Central College shares science instruments with high school chemistry students

North Central College hosted chemistry students from Naperville North High School on a field trip to use the College’s spectroscopy equipment.

Chemistry students from Naperville North High School learned what it’s like to use sophisticated scientific instrumentation during a recent field trip to North Central College.

Sixteen Naperville North students worked with Jeff Bjorklund, North Central College professor of chemistry, during the Nov. 12 field trip. They learned how to use the College’s spectroscopy instruments to determine the chemical properties of samples they were provided.

Ryan Murphy

From a young age, physics has fascinated Ryan. “I was amazed at how this one subject could explain so much around me.”

North Central’s reputation and location attracted him, but he quickly learned other pluses, like the College’s summer research program and proximity to two national labs—Argonne and Fermi.

“The opportunities here are abundant. The summer research program lets me interact with North Central professors one-on-one and work on projects on a daily basis. And I have the option to work with scientists at one of the national labs, exploring and solving current problems in physics.”

Ryan says serving as a lab assistant for some science courses helped him connect and collaborate with more students. “I’m usually around the Science Center talking about anything physics. It’s a wonderful feeling to have such an intellectual atmosphere as my second home.”

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