Just before the start of the spring semester, a group of Alfond Scholars and Bonner Leaders visited the Farmworker Association of Florida, where they were tasked with examining the economic and political implications of immigration as well as the environmental and biological consequences of farming practices. The Immersion experience was one of more than two dozen courses taught during Intersession.
Students in physics professor Whitney Coyle’s Physics for Future Presidents course jumped at the chance to learn the science behind the headlines. The aim of this Rollins College Conference (RCC) course is to equip first-year students with the knowledge to interpret and question what they read and hear in the news every day.
Rollins soccer player Julian Grundler ’18 was one of just 58 fall-sports athletes across all NCAA divisions to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, a prestigious award given to student-athletes who excel in both academics and athletics. While at Rollins, the chemistry major from Singen, Germany, partnered with professor Ellane Park on cutting-edge cancer research that took the pair to MIT for a 10-week summer research program. Grundler will use the $7,500 scholarship to pursue his PhD at Yale University beginning this fall.
Four Rollins social entrepreneurship students—Nikki Hall-Elser ’18, Matias Meirelles Van Vliet ’19, Dayra Diaz-Marquez ’18, and Kinsley Gerks ’20—won the regional competition of the Hult Prize, the world’s most prestigious collegiate competition for social innovation startups. The foursome is competing in London right now as part of the intensive eight-week accelerator that will determine if they continue to the finals, where the top six will compete for $1 million in seed money.
Isaac James ’19 made his way from refugee in the South Sudan to public policy and political economy major at Rollins. Now he’s the College’s first-ever recipient of a competitive fellowship at the Junior Summer Institute in Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) at the University of Michigan.