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Caleb Neubauer '13 created a three-part short film installation as the culmination of his Grinnell-sponsored travels to China. He talks about how he finds inspiration, being mentored by art professor Lee Running, and coming into his own as an artist. Meet Grinnell in a minute...
Harry Krejsa '10 credits his internship and mentored advanced project for his interest in policy work, leading to his Fulbright and his success in Washington, D.C. "Perhaps anything a student can think of, we probably have a grant for," says Mark Peltz, director of the Career...
"When you get something right in lab, it's like making a birdie or getting a one-putt," says Stephanie Spahr '14. She joins her mentor, chemistry professor Stephen Sieck, to share stories about "failed" experiments, organic chemistry, and finding success in the top programs in...

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  Doug Caulkins, emeritus professor of anthropology, is leading a multiyear study of regeneration of Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Anya Vanecek ’15 and Mackenzie Shanahan ’14 are anthropology majors supported with summer funding from Grinnell’s Mentored Advance Project...
Theatre professor Craig Quintero directed four Grinnell students in Taiwan this summer. For this Mentored Advanced Project (MAP), Teddy Hoffman ‘14, Alex Hsieh ‘14Quinnita Bellows ’15, and Emma Sinai-Yunker ’15 helped develop “A Secret for a Secret: Performing the Poetry of Hsia...
"When you get something right in lab, it's like making a birdie or getting a one-putt," says Stephanie Spahr '14. She joins her mentor, chemistry professor Stephen Sieck, to share stories about "failed" experiments, organic chemistry, and finding success in the top programs in...
Two Grinnell students recently won awards for research presentations at the Iowa Physiological Society (IPS) annual meeting in Des Moines. IPS provides networking opportunities for physiologists in applied research and teaching. “The IPS experience gives the students an...
The “open exchange of ideas” described in Grinnell’s mission statement does not end at the edge of campus. Susan Sanning, director of service learning and civic engagement, facilitated a curricular service learning collaboration — a workshop for medical students at Des Moines...
A myth in the outside world is that “nothing happens on campus in the summer.” So to dispel that myth, we’ve shown below a nominal sampling of scholarly activity taking place during the lazy, hazy days in Grinnell. All Over the Campus: MAPs From Noyce to Burling, Steiner to...
When they started working on their Mentored Advanced Project (MAP), Ben Doehr ’15 and Caleb Sponheim ’15 had no idea how moved some observers would be, by a display of lights, triggered by the viewers’ very presence. Like so many Grinnell students, Doehr and Sponheim employed...
How long can the United States hold people captive without evidence of wrongdoing or a trial? Years after their initial internment, inmates of Guantanamo Bay, some not yet 18, continue to be held without trial or the right to question their imprisonment before a judge or jury. ...
  Maddie Cloud ’14 and Eric Streed ’14 spent the summer studying damselfly genes mentored by Jackie Brown, biology. They evaluated the role of isolation between islands as a barrier to gene flow in two multi-island species of Hawaiian damselflies. Their research included using a...
Balancing Acts, the theatre department’s first production of 2014, is the culmination of a year of research, collaboration, and production. Six students completed a Mentored Advanced Project (MAP) in the summer of 2013 examining how Grinnell residents relate to work. Doug...
Karla Erickson, sociology, began work on her newest book — How We Die Now: Intimacy and the Work of Dying — after she observed the spiritual, physical, and emotional support hospice workers provided her dying grandparents. Erickson, a feminist ethnographer of labor, immerses...
“Are we preparing kids to do what they want to do?” asks Keven Seney, principal of Grinnell Community High School (GHS). Grinnell College students are helping to answer that question with the guidance of Audrey Devine-Eller, assistant professor of sociology. Since spring 2013,...
College campuses are constantly changing, but students only see a brief window of this change. A building might be the centerpiece of an institution, but a few years after it has been razed, it resides largely in the minds of alumni and in the College’s archives. Eric Mistry ’14...
When Sam Mulopulos ’13 (pictured) and Joe Wlos ’15 entered the American Collegiate Moot Court Association’s Midwest Regional Tournament to compete as Grinnell’s first ever Moot Court team, they weren’t sure what to expect. A competition that simulates appellate law – like a mock...
This summer, Naomi Ramsay ’14 explored issues of tracking and educational stratification in New Jersey. Her research was part of a Mentored Advanced Project with Audrey Devine-Eller. Devine-Eller is writing a book on her years of ethnographic research at a school in New Jersey,...
For ten weeks during the summer of 2013, Meg Rudy '14 and Isaiah Tyree '15 examined archival documents related to Professor Paul Lacson’s research on the Dakota peoples during the mid-nineteenth century. His work examines the history of the Dakota Indian diaspora out of...
When you take science classes at Grinnell, research is part of the learning experience from your very first course. Biology 150, an introductory course, “gives students an authentic, accurate experience in what it’s like to do research,” says Clark Lindgren, professor of biology...
  Benjamin Doehr ’15 spent his summer lighting up Frank N. Furter, Magenta, Brad, and Janet. Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance Justin Thomas is a professional lighting and scenic designer. This summer, he was contracted by the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. to design...
Two Mentored Advanced Projects (MAPs) in theatre, one in chemistry, an internship with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and a job managing the campus pub — the key points on Ben Doehr ’15’s resume indicate the chemistry/economics double major’s depth and breadth...
Grinnell College is a perfect springboard for students who plan to become future physicians, veterinarians, and other health professionals. Grinnell students receive expert guidance from faculty and staff and rigorous courses that help them enter the nation’s top medical and...
Sarah Weitekamp ’15 spent her summer poring over underground publications and KGB records for her Mentored Advanced Project (MAP). Translating as she went, she scoured her sources for accounts of Lithuanian Catholics being oppressed by the Soviet secret police. She worked with...
Summer in Grinnell may seem quiet. But four Mentored Advanced Project (MAP) students who are working with Sarah Purcell ’92, professor of history, find it the best time to focus on in-depth research. The students are working on independent projects related to deaths in the U.S....
“Since its inception in 1990, Teach for America (TFA) has been a lighting rod for both praise and criticism,” says Deborah Michaels, education. “On the one hand, TFA places college graduates from top academic institutions into high-need schools in poor urban and rural...
Ana Novak ’14 loves science. She also loves dance. Through independent work and a yearlong Mentored Advanced Project (MAP), she combined her passions to both teach and learn. Dancing DNA When Novak was a second-year, Celeste Miller, associate professor of theatre and dance,...
  Release party: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Rosenfield Center Room 101 The Grinnell Beowulf is a translation and teaching edition of the Old English poem. Six students — Eva Dawson ’14, Emily Johnson ’14, Jeanette Miller ’14, Logan Shearer ’14, Aniela Wendt ’14, and Kate Whitman...
The Grinnell experience is different for every student. For Dan Ehrlich ’14, that experience took him from the chemistry lab, to the recital hall, and eventually to graduate school in music composition. “I’ve been a saxophonist since I was 7 years old,” Ehrlich remembers. “...
Methylmercury, a toxin that builds up in fish, has serious health consequences for humans. Elena Jaffer ’14 and Keaton Cameron-Burr ’15 spent the summer studying the production of this toxin in natural environments in a mentored advanced project with Andrew Graham, chemistry....
  Grinnellians are helping Grinnellians get enough sleep.   This summer four computer science majors worked on project designed specifically for Grinnellians that will help students track their sleep and encourage good sleep habits. Janet Davis, associate professor of computer...

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