Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

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Joshua Gomez ’15Joshua Gomez ’15, who is majoring in psychology with a minor in chemistry, spent his winter break interning at the Santa Barbara County Clinic in California. He gained experience that will be helpful in the career he has planned in medicine. Examining procedures: “Working in the public health lab, I assisted biologists in processing numerous types of specimens. The most interesting aspect of the work was tracking patients from disease conception to post-treatment. I had primary exposure to the biological and psychological journeys that patients underwent as they were treated for their illnesses. These interactions strengthened my interest in epidemiology and public health.” Handling challenges: “A sudden outbreak of influenza during my time there required multitasking, which was somewhat challenging. The toughest part was prioritizing each specimen, especially when higher priority patient samples would arrive later in the day. I frequently found myself juggling a lot of high priority cases at once.”Gaining insight: “Working in the lab has fortified my understanding of independence. Many of the protocols I used had either been explicitly taught or prefaced in my Wheaton curriculum. It was satisfying to be able to enter a professional setting with both confidence and curiosity. Ultimately, I discovered I could place trust in myself and my previous knowledge, working both independently and with lab staff. I cannot thank my professors enough for the degree of preparation they have instilled in me. My lab work at Wheaton, mainly through Professor Jennifer Lanni’s ‘Microbiology’ course, was invaluable.” Planning ahead:“Ultimately, I would like to become a doctor, and this experience exposed me to novel aspects of medicine such as serology. Since the procedures that occur in the lab are often ‘invisible’ to doctors and patients, this internship gave me a greater understanding of the steps involved in treating the ill.”

Watson wins

Two graduates will spend their first year after Wheaton traveling around the world studying the preservation of sacred objects and how grassroots efforts are improving public health in underdeveloped countries.

Lindsay Koso ’15 and Nana Asare ’15 each won a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, a $28,000 award that enables graduating college seniors to pursue a self-designed global research project. They join more than a dozen Wheaton students who have received the prestigious award in the past 30 years. [Read more...]

Semester in Budapest

Juniors accepted to prestigious math, computer science programs

Wheaton juniors Lithia Helmreich ’16 and Jacob “Jake” Horowitz ’16 spent their spring semester in Budapest, Hungary, enrolled in two highly competitive programs in computer science and mathematics. [Read more...]

Roosevelt Institute wins awards

WheaTalks, pictured above, is an annual event put on by the Wheaton chapter of the Roosevelt Institute.

WheaTalks, pictured above, is an annual event put on by the Wheaton chapter of the Roosevelt Institute.

It’s almost as if the Wheaton College chapter of the Roosevelt Institute won two grants.

The chapter’s national organization, the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, awarded the Wheaton group a Community Building Grant to fund activities that connect the campus and promote its visibility.

The Wheaton group’s award was followed almost immediately by news that the national organization is one of nine nonprofit organizations worldwide to receive the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The $750,000 award provides funding to invest in the network’s long-term sustainability. [Read more...]