North Central College - Naperville, IL

Student researchers test out newly renovated science research lab

A new research lab in North Central College’s Kroehler Science Center is designed to encourage greater collaboration among students and faculty.

A Kroehler Science Center lab that has been home to dozens of student and faculty research projects  now boasts a renovated interior that’s more conducive to collaboration and long-term projects. The lab was completely gutted to redesign the space and accommodate new flooring, updated furnishings and improved storage and shelving.

“It’s much easier to collaborate with people from different labs and overall, everything is much more organized,” says Scott Blaszak ’14, a biology major. “The redesigned space is better situated for conducting research.”

Dr. David Fuentes delivers Rall Symposium keynote address about music as research

David Fuentes, Ph.D., delivered the keynote address for North Central College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

Every culture in human history has created music and experienced its power to shape thoughts and feelings, David Fuentes, Ph.D., said in his keynote address for North Central College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

Fuentes, professor of composition and theory at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., spoke about music’s inherent connection to the human experience in his address, “Do You Hear What I Hear? Listening as Research,” May 14 in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall.

Maria Gommel

National Student Scholarship

During her junior year, Maria earned a Goldwater Scholarship—the highest national undergraduate award for achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Her journey to a Goldwater began upon her arrival at North Central with a passion to learn and explore in research. The summer after her sophomore year, Maria conducted mathematical modeling research on epidemiology with Professor of Mathematics Emeritus Linda Gao and two other students. She further demonstrated her commitment to excellence in all areas of study through her participation in our College Scholars Honors Program.

In addition to mentoring Maria through the research process, North Central faculty provided valuable input when it came time to prepare her Goldwater application.

“From advising to writing letters of recommendation to extending offers to assist in research projects, faculty gave me valuable advice and opportunities that no doubt strengthened my Goldwater application,” Maria said.

As a Goldwater Scholar, she garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate programs. After reviewing numerous offers, Maria enrolled in the Ph.D. program in mathematics at the University of Iowa.

“I think the Goldwater award helped me stand out from other people applying to Ph.D. programs and for competitive graduate fellowships,” she said.

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