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John Willis earns Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award

John Willis
John Willis was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

John Willis was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Major in Chemistry Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Willis is a graduating senior majoring in chemistry. At North Central, Willis tutored students in chemistry and presented research at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR). He also conducted summer research at the College and participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

Cancer researcher returns to North Central to guest lecture science courses

Zach Pratt, a 2005 alumnus who recently completed his doctorate in cancer biology, returned to North Central to guest lecture some biology courses.

Zach Pratt hopes to combine his passion for scientific research with his knack for teaching.

Since earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from North Central in 2005, Pratt has completed his doctorate in cancer biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He returned to North Central in February 2011 to guest lecture some biology courses, using bacteria to teach a lesson in evolution.

North Central College continues to garner prestigious honors

Alicia Casacchia ’17
Students and alumna receive National Science Foundation Fellowship, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship and Goldwater Honorable Mention.

North Central College students’ scholarship continues to pay off with recognitions and awards. Kori Sye ’16 was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship, Hannah Kramer ’15 received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) and Alicia Casacchia ’17 was recognized by the Goldwater Scholarship program as a 2016 Honorable Mention.

A College on the Move

North Central gains momentum in growth, reputation, value.

Growth in new faculty, world-class facilities, outstanding academics and stellar athletic teams---these are the hallmarks of a campus community that is fiscally strong, excited about the future and focused on becoming one of America’s top colleges.

“Our students and their families become part of a dynamic campus environment, where they benefit from the value of small class sizes, faculty mentors and award-winning cocurricular activities,” said Martin Sauer, vice president for enrollment and athletics.

Campus, local, state, national guests celebrated the Science Center "topping out"

North Central College’s Science Center reached a construction milestone with the placement of a ceremonial final beam in Topping-Out Celebration March 14.

North Central College’s Science Center reached new heights during its construction when the campus community celebrated the hoisting and placement of a ceremonial final steel beam during a Topping-Out Celebration March 14.

Traditional among ironworkers, the ceremony is sometimes called Capping Off, or Topping Off, or Topping Out. Regardless, said President Troy D. Hammond during his remarks, “It’s a significant construction milestone that we’ve reached only because of the dedication and hard work of many, many people.”

Neuroscience presentations on drug addiction among 43 accepted for NCUR

Madison Cromwell ’17, Elaina Bartoli ’17
North Central College’s new neuroscience discipline will be represented with two projects at the 2016 National Conference on Undergraduate Research

A new academic minor and research discipline at North Central College will be represented for the first time at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Two of the 43 NCUR presentations will involve neuroscience research into drug usage and addiction that began in summer 2015.

Annual Report 2015

This 2015 Annual Report reflects the outstanding accomplishments of North Central College in the last fiscal year.

Biology major, top doctoral student Nate Montgomery ’00 is outstanding alumnus

Nathan Montgomery '00, M.D., Ph.D.
Nathan Montgomery '00, M.D., Ph.D., receives North Central College’s 2015 Alumni Recognition Award at Homecoming celebration.

At its Homecoming celebration this fall, North Central College honored 2000 alumnus Nathan Montgomery, M.D., Ph.D., with an Alumni Recognition Award. Presented annually, the award recognizes potential for success in a career, community service or support of North Central College by younger alumni.

North Central College graduates pursue careers in cutting-edge nanotechnology field

Chris Boffa ’15 and Abby Hooper ’08
Three recent graduates are pursuing careers in the cutting-edge field of nanotechnology research, and one has secured three patents.

Landing a position in research in the cutting-edge field of nanotechnology may seem like an unattainable dream job for many graduates right out of college. But for North Central College alumni, it’s becoming a bit of business as usual.

Three Cardinal alumni—Abby Hooper ’08, Chris Boffa ’15 and Daisy Lauriano ’15—are working at Nanophase Technologies Corporation. The Romeoville, Ill.-based company grew out of Argonne National Laboratory in 1989, where some of the earliest research in the nanotech space was taking place.

Daniella Martinez

Daniella’s decision to major in chemistry at North Central opened up more opportunities than she imagined.

“The chemistry department keeps students updated on research opportunities, part-time positions and internships in the area to help enhance lab skills and prepare for post-graduation employment.”

While at North Central, Daniella interned as a laboratory assistant at the DuPage County Public Works and the City of Naperville’s Water Department. Because of these opportunities, Daniella graduated with a full-time position at Fehr Solutions, a water-treatment service company in Geneva, IL.

Daniella is grateful for the help she received from the College faculty in preparing for her career.

“The professors encourage you to make your own decisions but guide you to make good choices. They prompt critical thinking in anything you do.”

“Research opportunities through North Central have helped me think critically and problem solve.”

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