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.
Nic earned his dual engineering degree at North Central and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he’s currently pursuing a master’s degree in environmental hydrology and hydraulic engineering. Nic appreciated North Central’s small class size. “I received lots of individual attention,” he says, “and my professors had time nearly every day to explain concepts outside of class. In larger classes I’m concerned that my questions will hold back the class, but in smaller classes I feel that my opinion matters.”
Nic made the most of his time at North Central. “I co-oped at Argonne National Laboratory, which was a great experience and helped me learn to manage my time,” he says. “I also studied in Australia and researched the delivery of health care in Guatemala, both of which were life-changing experiences that I would have felt too busy to take advantage of elsewhere.”
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.
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The American Chemical Society student chapter at North Central has received an Honorable Mention Award for its activities during the 2008-2009 academic year. Associate Professor of Chemistry Paul Brandt, faculty advisor of the chapter, deserves special commendation, Society President Thomas H. Lane said in a letter informing North Central of the award.
"Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires.