The Honors Program - page 4-5

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Do you think education should be more than a
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take on a complex problem, look at it from every which way, and come up
with possible solutions, only to realize that even more intriguing problems
now lie ahead?
At Clarkson, problems become catalysts for adventures in learning.
Our Honors Program curriculum is built around current and emerging
problems in science, technology and society. That’s why Honors classes are
different. Our classrooms frequently seem more like research labs or R&D
departments than college classes. We explore. We question. The questions
often multiply faster than the answers.
For example, in the sophomore year, you will work on a problem posed
by a local client, collaborating with faculty and your classmates to propose
solutions. Is it feasible for Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence County
to build and operate a residential facility on their grounds and what kind of
facility would be ideal? How do we best represent the historical interaction
of natural and human processes to both inform and entertain visitors to the
Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake?
At the same time, you will start thinking about your own individual research
project. We call it the Honors thesis. It provides the chance to create your own
knowledge and push yourself to your intellectual limits. Even then, you will have
plenty of support.You’ll work closely with faculty members.You’ll be surrounded
by students who love problem solving and thrive in the company of others who
are tackling the same challenges.
It is a method of learning that is valued by graduate schools, professional
schools and companies. It’s the reason so many Clarkson Honors graduates
pursue advanced degrees at top universities and why they experience
accelerated career success at industry-leading companies.
Defining Solutions.
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Exploring Challenges.
25 Goldwater Scholars
in the last
14 years.
Martin LaFleur ’13
Chemistry and Biomolecular Science
Awards:
Frederica Clarkson Award, May 2013; Goldwater Scholarship, Spring 2012
Experience:
Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School Intern, Summer 2011
Leadership:
Teaching Assistant in Chemistry and Organic Chemistry;
Tutor in Chemistry, Biology and Calculus
Service:
Canton-Potsdam Hospital Volunteer
Honors Thesis Project:
“Functionalized Nanoparticles for Use in Cancer Therapy”
Faculty Mentor:
Richard Partch
Current Position:
Pursuing a Ph.D. in immunology at Harvard University
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