Biodiversity: Pizzly and Grolar Bears Student Essay from the HON 389 Science Blender Course

April 3, 2017 by Robyn Wrey | Grand Challenges Initiative

Periodically, we publish essays from Professor Andrew Lyon‘s Honors 389 course “The Science Blender”, which is the basis for Schmid College’s Grand Challenges Initiative. In HON 389, students are  asked to reflect on different aspects of tackling a grand challenge. In this essay, student’s were asked to research and analyze an interdisciplinary breakthrough of their choosing.  Many young children’s first experience with hybridization in nature is with

Scientists Should Advocate for Research Funding

March 23, 2017 by | Research

Last week, President Donald Trump revealed his first budget proposal which would cut funding for several science agencies.  Budgets for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) would experience the largest cuts, roughly 18-30%.  While these cuts are extreme, non-defense spending on research and development has been declining steadily since

Convergence in the Sciences Schmid College aims to develop the next generation of outstanding science leaders, scholars

March 15, 2017 by | Grand Challenges Initiative

On Thursday, May 4th, I will have the pleasure of sharing the stage with Professor Georgiana Bostean during Lunch at the Forum hosted by Chapman University’s Town and Gown. I will maintain the feeling of suspense surrounding that event by not revealing too much about our presentation, but it is worth noting that Professor Bostean

Dara Hok ’16 Accepted into Stanford University Ph.D. Program Ranked #3 doctoral study in chemistry and earth sciences program in the nation

March 7, 2017 by | Alumni

The journey to Stanford for Dara Hok ’16 started when he left Cambodia’s bustling capital city Phnom Penh, and came to Chapman in the fall of 2012. He chose Chapman because of its rich “undergraduate research opportunities”, and coming from a graduating class of 32 students, “the smaller faculty to student ratio” was very attractive. As a chemistry and physics

Contribute to our Solutions – Become a Grand Challenges Advisor Our students need your help – they have some MASSIVE challenges in front of them!

March 6, 2017 by | Grand Challenges Initiative

The Schmid College Grand Challenges Initiative is a student-driven program that develops learners who strive to explore, make connections, seek answers, and solve big problems. Launching in the fall 2017 semester, we will immerse students in small (~5 person) teams composed of individuals from different disciplines, backgrounds, and perspectives. Working together from day one, our

The CoreLogic Machine Learning Challenge Students dive deep into real-world data

February 2, 2017 by | Industry

On January 27, over 30 students came together to apply their machine learning and analytics skills thanks to the corporate sponsorship and data provided by the industry-leading provider of financial, property, and consumer information, as well as a major service provider in the area of business intelligence and analytics, CoreLogic. The initial challenge for the student

Keeping Up with Jonathan Woo ’15 “My Chapman education gave me a superb, interdisciplinary foundation to build medical knowledge off of.”

February 2, 2017 by | Alumni

We recently caught up with biochemistry and molecular biology alumnus Jonathan Woo ’15. Jonathan is in his second year of medical school at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine located in his hometown of Honolulu, HI. We asked him a few questions about how Chapman University influenced his getting