|It's a big country. To supplement their on-campus studies, many Knox students spread their wings in off-campus programs that take them to leading institutions across the United States.
Knox offers programs administered by the College and in association with the Associated Colleges of the Midwest and Great Lakes Colleges Association.
|Argonne Science Semester
Thomas Moses, Program advisor
Scientific research is the focus of this program, offered through Knox College in cooperation with Argonne National Laboratories. The scientific problems that Argonne investigates cover a wide variety of extremely critical areas including nuclear chemistry, superconductivity, and energy resources. Knox students apply through Argonne in late winter for acceptance as junior members of research teams at the internationally prominent laboratory to begin the following fall. Students must also participate in an interdisciplinary seminar and take a specialized course. Each project entails a written research report.
|Chicago Program (An ACM Program)
Arts program advisor: Liz Metz; Entrepreneurship program advisor: John Spittell; Urban Studies program advisor: Duane Oldfield.
The ACM Chicago Program engages students academically, professionally, and personally with this dynamic city. The primary areas of emphasis in the program are Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Urban Studies - students have the opportunity to explore one of these topics in depth, or participate in classwork and projects across these disciplines. The program offers an innovative mix of academic work, including an internship, independent study project, common core course about the city of Chicago, and a variety of seminars focused on the arts and creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, and urban studies and social justice. Students are able to explore the vital issues facing cities and the people who live and work in them, while digging deeper to relate these issues to their personal lives, education, and career aspirations.
|Green Oaks Term
Jon Wagner, Program Advisor
A multidisciplinary program that takes advantage of Knox College's Green Oaks Biological Field Station, one of the finest field biology research areas in the Midwest. Students and faculty -- drawn from the English, biology, art, and anthropology disciplines -- live, conduct research, and craft creative projects for 10 weeks at the 700-acre (283 hectares) biology field station in eastern Knox County, about 20 miles east of the Knox campus. The program is offered every two years.
|Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities (An ACM/GLCA Program)
Lance Factor, Program Advisor
The fall semester offering features a seminar and research project under supervision of two faculty members and focusing on a particular theme or issue, approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. Faculty are chosen from ACM and GLCA schools. Topics are designed to take advantage of the Library's strong holdings in American, European, and Latin American culture. Three-week seminars on various topics are held in the winter and spring semesters.
|Oak Ridge Science Semester (An ACM/GLCA Program)
Thomas Clayton, Program Advisor
Qualified undergraduates study and conduct research in a prestigious and challenging scientific environment. As members of a research team working at the frontiers of knowledge, participants engage in long-range investigations using the facilities of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory near Knoxville, Tennessee. The majority of a student's time is spent in research with an advisor specializing in biology, engineering, mathematics, or in the physical or social sciences. Students also participate in an interdisciplinary seminar designed to broaden their exposure to developments in their major field and related disciplines. In addition, each student chooses an elective from a variety of advanced courses. The academic program is enriched in informal ways by guest speakers, departmental colloquia, and the special interests and expertise of the Laboratory staff.
|Urban Education in Chicago (An ACM Program)
On the ACM Urban Education Program, students engage in an urban student teaching experience with support and guidance - both inside and outside the classroom - to foster their learning and growth as teachers. First established in the early 1960s, the ACM Urban Education Program has had a long tradition of engagement with Chicago schools and the city's education community. Each fall and spring semester, students develop their professional skills as they work alongside mentor teachers in Chicago schools. In the weekly seminar, they connect educational theory to their experiences teaching in the classroom. The program emphasizes collaborative learning, as students conduct an ongoing and informal discussion with a network of peers who share similar situations in their teaching placements. Program participants also have extensive opportunities to enjoy the city's tapestry of cultures and people. Program field trips include neighborhood explorations and excursions to cultural institutions such as the National Museum of Mexican Art, the DuSable Museum of African-American history, the Chicago History Museum, and the People's Music School.
|Washington Semester Program
Andrew Civettini, Program Advisor
Students study government in action by meeting with public officials, political figures, lobbyists, and others active in the federal government. Students also complete a research project, frequently based on the student's internship in a governmental agency. Other available programs are parallel in structure: the International Development Semester, the Foreign Policy Semester, and the Economics Semester.
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