On Friday May 10, Honors and Science Scholars will host a breakfast for all graduating seniors in the programs and their families. See the Evite here, if you never received it, or lost the email: http://evite.me/5VcsbUR9PV. Bring your graduation regalia for a group photo!
Also at the Breakfast, Honors awards its three senior prizes:
Marsherall Award for Academic Excellence, sponsored by Honors Alumna Tricia Marsherall ’11
Honors Award for Contribution to the Academic Experience
One of this year’s Spring 2019 honors classes was focused on the central theme of archives, specifically the St. John Fisher College archives. Students worked with both physical and online archives, engaging in archival research in order to explore the role of archives in history.
In our early classes, we focused primarily on learning about the roles of archives and archivists in history, studying the barriers that archives can present when searching for the truth. We thought about how our lives and homes could be considered an archive. What did material objects say about your personality, your likes and dislikes, and more? Students studied the role of archives in shaping the past and narratives.
Students dove into physical archives with a sample box provided by Michelle Price, looking at various artifacts such as magazines from the 1900s, cruise ship passenger lists, books, and more. We studied the artifacts with a critical lens, asking several questions and doing external research to make sense of the artifacts that we were studying. To take this knowledge a step further, we studied boxes of postcards in the St. John Fisher College archives. We created a research proposal for hypothetical research that could be done with the postcards, which led into our final project of conducting primary research on archival materials. Through this final project, we are able to conceptualize pieces of a larger puzzle, which we can then use to learn more about St. John Fisher College’s history.
Dr. Rice said, “Students may think that knowledge is objective, and don’t realize how much of their knowledge is based on what is or isn’t in the archives. Through this course and research, students can learn the potential limitations of knowledge formation which will help them in all future research endeavors.”
your gut: my path from Fisher to MD-PhD in gastrointestinal physiology”
graduating Honeoye Falls Lima (HF-L) High School in 2009, I matriculated at St.
John Fisher College with the intent of applying to pharmacy school. I was
registered as a chemistry major and was enrolled in pharmacy prerequisite
courses. However, my interests began to shift during my freshman year, which
led me to pursue an additional major in mathematics. I also decided to apply to
medical school instead of pharmacy school. Research experiences in both
chemistry and mathematics made me realize that I want to incorporate scientific
discovery into my future career. I joined the MD-PhD program at the University
of Illinois at Chicago in 2013 where I recently completed my PhD in
gastrointestinal physiology. My research focuses on the role of the
neurotransmitter/hormone serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) in the
intestine. I made the novel discovery that 5-HT is able to activate a receptor
called the aryl hydrocarbon receptor which is important in detoxifying
chemicals and modulating immune responses. While shifting scientific fields was
daunting at first, I quickly realized that my training in chemistry and mathematics
at Fisher gave me a unique perspective to solve problems within the field of
physiology while also preparing me for the challenges of medical school.
April 12, 2019
WSOP Atrium 1
Presentation Session 1
Presentation Session 2
WSOP is the Wegman’s School of Pharmacy.
Between 5:00 and 7:15 p.m. hors d’oeuvres will
be available in the WSOP Atrium 1.
The poster session features the junior Science
Scholars (Class of 2020) presenting posters about their proposed research
projects. These projects will be conducted during the Fall 2019 semester and
the results will be presented at the 2020 Science Scholars Symposium.
Jeffrey Lenish Allen Murphy
Evan Gudell Adrianna Soucy
Nathan Halsteter Robert
Maxwell Howe Taylor Welch
Brady Jensen Aaron
Students from all classes of Science Scholars
will be available throughout the Symposium to assist with directions and to answer questions.
This unpaid internship looks like a great leadership opportunity under the auspices of the Rochester Refugee Resettlement Services organization. (Yes, it could translate into Honors credit. More importantly it will change your life and the lives of young refugees!)
The purpose of Advancing Refugee Student Educational Opportunities (ARSEO) summer program is to assist Rochester area refugee students with the transition from high school to college. Students will explore many careers and the different types of colleges and universities – from community colleges to large universities. In addition, we guide students through the college application process – including important opportunities for scholarships and financial aid! The ARSEO summer program runs from July 9 to Aug 9, Monday through Friday, 1:00pm -5:00pm. We utilize peer mentors so participants learn directly from college students who recently completed this same process successfully. Mentors are expected to assist the program from 11:30am-5:30pm, which includes prep and group meeting times. Applicants should ideally be able to work for 4-5 days a week throughout the duration of the program.
If you want more information contact me or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications due by May 10.
In today’s global environment, individuals and organizations must change in order to survive and be effective. Thus, change is a constant in home, school, and work life and, therefore, future leaders need to have the ability to effectively manage and lead change initiatives. This course develops your understanding of change processes and provides you with practical skills for managing and leading change. Specific course objective include:
Review and discuss theoretical frameworks and research evidence that can guide approaches to change.
Acquire skills needed to lead change.
Apply course concepts/theories and practical skills to analyze organizational change as well as implement personal change.
HNRS 290 P4: Science Fiction
Dr. Lucia Guarino
Science fiction (SF) films, novels and television shows provide authors an opportunity to push the boundaries of what is currently possible and explore the implications of these developments for society. In this course, we will look at examples from recent SF that explore topics ranging from telepathy to robots, from energy weapons to terraforming other planets. Then, we will examine the reasonableness of these using scientific literature and experiments to evaluate the ideas.
This honors course will provide an in-depth exploration of the theory and practice of learning and living in a diverse and pluralistic society. Students will actively explore the ways socio-cultural practices simultaneously support and marginalize different groups of people. As a foundation for building an understanding of contemporary issues of diversity, students will explore the ways in which language, literacy, culture, and experience influence the construction and deconstruction of knowledge at the societal, institutional, and individual level. Furthermore, we will discuss issues of intentional and inadvertent discrimination as it occurs societally, institutionally, and individually. Such interconnected exploration seeks to problematize our role in the construction and maintenance of a hegemonic ‘landscape’ for learning. Throughout the course students will discuss and interrogate issues related to social justice, with particular emphasis on the investigation of the discourses that create inequity in society. In addition to readings and film, students will be involved in off campus activities and will plan and propose a campus wide action plan to deal with racial inequities on campus.
Get curious and grow your ideas, Fisher! Spend the summer engaging in a research experience and earn Honors credit for it.
The Center for Student Research and Creative Work supports a competitive summer program for undergraduate students at St. John Fisher College to get involved in faculty-mentored research projects in a variety of disciplines and multidisciplinary collaborations. Last summer, students and mentors in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Pharmaceutical Sciences but also English, History, Mathematical and Computing Sciences, Media and Communication, Nursing, Philosophy, and Psychology participated.
full 10-week program begins June 3 and ends August 12, 2019.
can be submitted March 11 through April 5, 2019.
News for 2019
Special projects will include:
University Radiation Medicine Foundation funded projects
Up to 4 students will be awarded stipends and research supply funds to investigate radiation medicine-related projects. Students in any major can propose work under this special project. One of the 4 projects can be cancer-related.
Funding for this special project has been made available by Fisher alum Dr. Timothy Kinsella and the University Radiation Medicine Foundation.
Additional Program Details
questions should be directed to Center Director, Dr. Kristin Picardo (email@example.com; 585-899-3802).
Rochester Area Mensa is hosting Mensa Admission Testing on
Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 01:00 pm until 04:00 pm.
*** THIS IS THE STANDARD ADMISSION TEST BATTERY ***
Two tests are administered; a qualifying score on either one
allows you become a member.
(This is NOT the Culture Fair test battery.)
Test location: Kearney Hall, Classroom 314
St. John Fisher College
Your Proctors will be: Robert B. Horner and Robert N.
Prior registration is required; registrations accepted in
the order received. Registration by email is preferred. If calling, be prepared
to leave a message if necessary with your name, preferred call back number, and
a suggested good time to call.
On Thursday, March 14th, the Mensa Practice Test – normally
priced at $18 – will be available to you for $3.14 online.
There is only ONE Mensa Home Test. If you have taken
it before, it will be the same one. It could still energize a few
synapses and help you on the test. It will be up to you to decide if
taking the $3.14 practice test – or taking it again – is worth the price.