Researching the pentatonic scale in jazz and organic vs. conventional agriculture are just a few topics our Ford Fellows have explored.
Kasandara Sullivan '13
Physics major, Latin and mathematics minors
As a Ford Fellow, Kasandara conducted research on the virtual phase transitions in liquid crystals and was able to measure evidence of pretransitional optical rotation. She helped test and troubleshoot an experimental set-up and in the process learned how to design experiments that correctly address research questions. Kasandara is continuing her work informally while pursuing challenging coursework to better prepare her to pursue a Ph.D. upon graduation. She looks forward to applying her early dreams of being a mechanic into a career in experimental research.
Honors Program during their senior year.
Each year, juniors with strong academic records are nominated by faculty to apply for the Ford Fellowship program. Approximately 10 students are selected by a committee of three faculty and the director of the Gerald and Carol Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study.
As a Ford Fellow, you'll participate in a weekly seminar during the winter term covering topics related to successfully attaining an advanced degree and preparing for a career in teaching or research. Ford Fellows also receive a sizeable stipend to pursue an independent research, scholarly, or creative project -- usually over the course of the summer before your senior year.
Anthropology and Sociology
Music / Anthropology and Sociology
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder was selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."
Rana Tahir, a double major in creative writing and political science, wrote dozens of poems and created 29 paintings after interviewing Kuwaiti residents about the 1990 Iraqi occupation.
Knox College awarded more than $1,750 in prizes in the 2013 Al Young Art Show. Organizing 200 art works in an array of media is a challenge, according student Katie O'Connor, who helped arrange the entries.