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Thurner, '17, Attacks Field Research This Summer

Stephanie Thurner, Albion College Class of 2017
Stephanie Thurner, '17, hopes to become a marine biologist in the future, and this summer she is taking charge of the path to reach that goal. The biology and mathematics major from Caledonia, Michigan—and the top middle hitter on the Albion volleyball team—is studying parental provisioning and post-fledgling behavior in house wrens with professors Dale Kennedy and Doug White. "This is my research with them guiding me," Thurner says. "Students don't get the opportunity to choose and pick research at big universities."

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For Albion Biology Students, a Conference Experience to Remember

Safiya Syed, '16
Seven students notched a major achievement in their Albion College careers by having their abstracts selected as part of the 2015 Experimental Biology conference, an annual gathering of six leading associations in disciplines ranging from anatomy and physiology to biochemistry and nutrition. For two of the students—Safiya Syed, ’16 (left), and Morgan Carey, ’15—the trip to Boston last month brought additional accolades, ones not usually bestowed on undergraduates.

In Nicaragua, Brugnoni, '17, Gains Perspective Through Service

Monica Brugnoni, '17
Over winter break, 27 students belonging to the Global Medical Brigades group at Albion College traveled to Nicaragua on an eight-day mission trip. Among them was sophomore softball player Monica Brugnoni (left), who is studying to become an orthopedic physician's assistant. The native of Saint Clair Shores, Mich., joined Global Medical Brigades last spring because she wanted to broaden her experience in the medical field.

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Pre-Vet View: Darby Williams, '16, on Her Sydney Semester

Darby Williams, '16
From Sydney, the biology major writes, "Day three of my internship: Euthanizing a pigeon with a broken wing. What did I sign up for and why are they trusting me with this experienced task? A week earlier, I jumped out of a plane over the Great Barrier Reef. Sitting on the edge of a plane and suddenly flying through the air at 10,000 feet is definitely something you do not experience every day."

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