Argonne Semester collection
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Biographical / Historical
Argonne Semester (or Argonne National Laboratory Program) was a training project of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) in which student research was directed by scientists at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois. Argonne Semester started at Beloit College in 1960, and the last time the program is listed in the College Catalog is 1968-1969.
Biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics majors were research assistants on a halftime basis who received firsthand experience in their chosen field from Argonne staff members. The remainder of their time was devoted to study under ACM faculty members at the Laboratory. Full college credit was granted for the combined experience.
The aim of the program was twofold: to provide the faculty members an opportunity to join with Argonne scientists in the conduct of research of their interest, and to provide the students a preview of science in action in their chosen areas of education.
Though it pre-dated the Beloit Plan, which began in 1964 and emphasized experiential learning, Argonne Semester was very much in the same spirit, and became part of its special programs in the “Upperclass Year.”
Students still regularly engage in internships at Argonne.[from 1960, 1963 press releases, source materials within collection]
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- Finding Guide to the Beloit College Argonne Semester Collection
- Michelle Tom
- June, 2012
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