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Fall Institute is Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Classes are suspended on this day so you have time to focus on academic goals and career planning. These sessions have been developed to provide valuable insights and resources for all students. Some departments and programs have mandatory sessions on this day. We have provided guidance regarding the target audience for each session, but you should feel free to attend any session that interests you.

Fall Institute Schedule for 2023 

2nd hour: 9:20-10:30 am

Assessing Your Candidacy for Medical School  - Alumni Hall, Wallenberg 219

For juniors and seniors. This workshop will provide an overview of what medical schools are looking for, help you assess your own candidacy by identifying your current strengths and areas of opportunity, and help you feel better prepared to start your application in the spring. This workshop will give you time to ask questions and work on an individualized assessment so we recommend you bring a resume draft and your laptop.

Presenter: Lisa Harris, Director, Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study and Health Professions Advising

Germany’s Study, Internships, and Research Opportunities  - GDH 105

For first-years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This session will introduce students to opportunities in Germany – some of which require little to no language preparation. We will discuss study abroad experiences in Germany and Austria for areas as diverse as environmental studies, music, political science, international relations, business and management, and more. Germany also offers incredible (and well-paid) summer science internships and graduate opportunities abroad. Feel free to come and request information on Fulbright awards to Germany and Austria, research and internships in Germany, and more!

Presenter: Todd Heidt, Chair, International Studies; Associate Professor of German

Considering an Education Major?  - GDH 103

For first-years and sophomores. Learn what it takes to be an education major, and potentially a licensed teacher.

Presenter: Education Department Faculty

3rd hour: 10:40-11:50 am

How to Prepare for Medical School - Alumni Hall, Wallenberg 219

For first-years and sophomores. Get started on the right track in your academic preparation for medical school. The early admission program at George Washington University will also be discussed.

Presenter: Lisa Harris, Director, Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study and Health Professions Advising

Plan For Student Teaching in 24/25 - GDH 103

For juniors and seniors. Participants will receive information and directions for applying to student teach during the 24/25 school year.

Presenter: Education Department Faculty

3-2 Engineering Program at Washington University - SMC D108

For first-years, sophomores and juniors. Learn about the 3-2 Engineering Program.

Presenter: James McDonald, Assistant Dean for Advising and Admissions, McKelvey School of Engineering

Pre-Law at Knox: Curriculum and Opportunities - GDH 105

For first-years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This is a session for anyone interested in law school at any stage of their time at Knox. The session will include discussion of recommended courses, how to think about majors and minors, and will provide an overview of internship and experiential learning opportunities.

Presenter: Thomas Bell, Assistant Professor of Political Science

4th hour: 12:00-1:10 pm

The Data Sciences at Knox -  SMC A-206

For first-years, sophomores, and juniors. What is "Data Science," what is Knox doing with it, and how can we help you learn about it? Join us to hear what Knox students are doing with respect to the data sciences and and to learn how to get involved with this exciting career path.

Presenter: Ole J. Forsberg, Assistant Professor of Mathematics-Statistics; Director of Statistics Program

Why and how to study abroad with Knox! - Alumni Hall, Trustees Room 302

For first-years, sophomores, and juniors. Whether you are interested in exploring if study abroad is right for you, or you have already made up your mind, there will be information for you here. You’ll receive a brief overview of what study abroad can offer you academically and personally. The second half will focus on the nuts and bolts of the application. If you are planning on studying abroad in 2024-2025, this session is MANDATORY.

Presenter: Todd Heidt, Chair of International Studies

5th hour: 1:20-2:30 pm

MANDATORY Info Session for Graduating Creative Writing Majors - Abolition Lab, Seymour Library 1st floor

For seniors. This session is designed for Senior Creative Writing majors (or juniors intending to graduate early). Topics to be covered include: an overview of Senior Portfolio (English 399) and its expectations; scheduling for Milk Route (our student reading series); your questions.

Presenters: Creative Writing Faculty

Power of Experience Info Session  - Alumni Hall, Handler Forum

All students. Knox College believes in the Power of Experience! Learn about uniquely Knox funding options that can help you achieve your goals.

Presenter: Lindsey Rogers, Power of Experience Coordinator

PRE-HEALTH Pre-Enrollment Group Advising - Alumni Hall, Wallenberg 219

For first-years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Come with any question you have for Lisa – especially about enrollment for winter 2024 – and get your questions answered!

Presenters: Lisa Harris, Director, Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study and Health Professions Advising

6th hour: 2:40-3:50 pm

Serving Peace, Creating Friendships - The Journey of a Peace Corps Volunteer  - Alumni Hall, Wallenberg 219

For first-years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Join as we share stories about experiences in the Peace Corps as well as information about the application process and Coverdell Fellowship Program for Returned Volunteers. Also, hear from our Peace Corps Recruiter and past Peace Corps Volunteers. They will speak about how to become involved, how best to prepare for successful applications into the Peace Corps program, and where the Peace Corps can take you.

Presenters: Todd Heidt, Chair, International Studies

Life After Knox: Grad School, Internships and Careers in Art and Art History - WAC 212

For juniors and seniors. A mentoring presentation to prepare Studio Art, Art History and Art Museum Studies students to research and apply for graduate programs, internships and future careers.

Presenter: Gregory Gilbert, Professor of Art History and Director of Art History and Art Museum Studies Programs and Andrea Ferrigno, Associate Professor of Art and Chair of Department of Art and Art History

A Conversation with Golden Apple: Was the Cat in the Hat Black? Race and Representation in Children’s Literature - GDH 104

For first-years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This session will explore the role of literature in developing our understanding of the world around us. A critical analysis of popular texts and a discussion on the idea of windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors will ensue. Students will be invited to analyze children's literature based off of the discussed concepts. It will conclude with a minor presentation about the Golden Apple Foundation and its scholarship programs.

Presenter: Jordan Lanfair and Deirdre Dougherty, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies

Evening session: 7:30 pm

Bringing In The Bystander  - Alumni Hall, Trustees Room 302

For first-years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Bringing In The Bystander is a prevention-based  program that utilizes an array of learning methods and is based on the concept that all community  members have a role to play in ending incivility, harassment, violence, and discrimination. The  important role a bystander has in intervention is the basis for this program, has been scientifically  evaluated and demonstrated to be effective. This program helps participants gain the knowledge  and skills needed to identify and safely intervene before, during, and after instances of risky  behaviors.

Presenter: Jacob McLean, Assistant Dean for Campus Life; Kim Schrader, Title XI Coordinator; and Yasmine Davila, Assistant Director of Intercultural Life

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