Due to the evolving COVID-19 public health situation, Bates College has unfortunately suspended the High School Scholars Program until further notice.
This special program is open to rising high school seniors at area high schools. Admitted Scholars will be eligible to take one course at Bates each semester of their senior year, free of tuition. Scholars are responsible for any additional fees and the cost of required books/materials.
Professor of Biology April Hill in her Carnegie Science Lab, Room 404, training two “new scientists.” “For me, it’s like being a coach,” she says. Names forthcoming.
The two students in the lab with Hill are Sara King ’21 of Newton Center, Mass., and Jasmine Nutakki ’21 of Augusta, Maine. Hill says: “They were learning to use a technique called the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to amplify genes from freshwater sponges. Both students (and some others) will be working over short term on a project funded by my NSF grant to study the gene networks involved in animal:algal symbioses. In this case, the animals are sponges and the algae are Chlorella.” “Never forget plus C when integrated!” — Pre-med French major Kwamae Delva Õ18 of Conley, Ga. (right), discussing anti-derivatives and integrals. He and classmates Javier Morales Õ16, a physics major from Guatemala City (center) and Dan Paseltiner Õ16, a physics major from Devon, Pa. (left), discussed a problem for their Calculus II course taught by Mathematics Lecturer Grace Coulombe. The trio were combining socializing and study during a Sept. 10 reception sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Education. Theri Pickens, Assistant Professor of English, “Contemporary Arab American Literature”
The course always turns out well because students engaged in it get to know about a different set of literatures and because Arab American literature isn’t widely studied in the academy. They get to architect new knowledge which is exciting for them and really cool for me to watch. The first misunderstanding is that the literature doesn’t’ exist; a lot of people just don’t think of it as a category. And the second misunderstanding is that Arab equals Muslim. There are actually more non-Arab Muslims in the world and the United States. And there are not a lot of people who make the distinction between Arab and Muslim. The cheeseburger is a metaphor for all the elements of paragraph. You need analysis and mini-arguments, context and transitions between paragraphs. As a professional writer, I think it’s really important for me to remind myself that paragraphs are the building blocks of any essay at all, even blogs. And it’s really important to remind students that we can lose sight of that, and that writing is a learned skill; it’s something that you have to practice, something you have to craft, something you have to be very deliberate about, and as a critical writer your job is to be clear and efficient, and so thinking of the paragraph as a cheeseburger gives us the opportunity to really do that. I find teaching to be a really great part of my day. My students are always so excited . They’re always so alive and energetic and even when they’re not and they’re wrestling with the material , I know that I am still getting somewhere as a teacher. Our students go on to do really great things, and I think as an educator it’s good to equip them with the knowledge they need to encounter the world. Visiting Assistant Professor Susan Dewsnap, “Soda Firing,” a Short Term offering in Art and Visual Culture, described as “various clays, slips and glazes are employed in exploration of the techniques used by the pioneers of the soda-firing process, as well as its current practitioners.”
Suasan: “It’s a class focusing on atmospheric firing using a particular kind of kiln, where when it reaches its maturing temperature we introduce water and soda ash into the kiln and that reacts with the clay body and the glazes and cause highly variable results in the firing. It’s exciting and can be very disappointing. You just can’t be too invested. With all kiln firings, I always say it’s a little bit like Christmas. You have huge expectations and you think you know what things are going to look like. So you’re always very excited and very happy, and then there’s always this phase of disappointment. It’s kind of learning not to have too many expectations. Live with the work you get out of the kiln and then evaluate it after you’ve had that little period of living with it instead of passing judgment right away.”