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Odyssey Exemplars Series

Odyssey Exemplars

Each year, the Odyssey Office sponsors a series of presentations on campus that focus on one of the Odyssey categories. The Odyssey Exemplars are students whose projects are outstanding examples of their chosen categories. The entire campus is invited to attend the presentations by these students.

The Odyssey Exemplar Presentations can be in any of the six Odyssey categories: 

Artistic Creativity
Global Awareness
Professional and Leadership Development
Service to the World 
Special Projects
Undergraduate Research

Any student who has completed an Odyssey Project is eligible to participate. The Odyssey Office can reserve a room for the presentation and arrange the publicity. For more information, contact Janina Cambiano in the Odyssey Office at

2015-2016 Presentations:

Experienced beekeepers Abigail Condit and Kendra Ide are concerned about Colony Collapse Disorder, a recent phenomenon in which bees abruptly vanish from their hives. They learned more about sustainable beekeeping, culture and environment as they traveled through Europe and discussed the issue with beekeepers in England, France, Luxembourg, Germany and Poland. Join them for a presentation on what they learned on Monday, October 19, at 3 p.m. in SLTC 106. For more information contact

Megan Hull immersed herself in her own family history by researching four of her own ancestors in their hometowns in Germany and Ireland. She started with, a DNA testing kit and family documentation. This project taught her  about her heritage and the world as she explored Germany, Ireland, and America from the point-of-view of someone who grew up in the mid-1800s, while comparing and contrasting that image to the modern-day. She will share what she learned in a presentation at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, in Mills B. For more information, contact Janina Cambiano at 

Experiences in Professional Research Organizations and Atmospheric Chemistry at Hendrix (EPROACH) was a two week Odyssey in which four students traveled to the Colorado Front Range to explore new scientific perspectives and research professions in and beyond academia.  The EPROACH program included scientist-guided visits to multiple national research laboratories, informal discussions with successful scientists at all stages in their careers, participation in air quality monitoring and hands-on discovery of atmospheric instrumentation.  Students who participated in EPROACH this past summer gained intimate knowledge of various pathways to careers in research while achieving a broader appreciation and understanding of chemistry. The students will give a presentation about their experience at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13 in Mills B. For more information, contact Janina Cambiano at

For their Special Project titled “Making a Home at Grasmere: A Creative Sojourn in the Lake District,” Grace Oxley and Audrey McMillion followed in the literal and figurative footsteps of sibling Romantic poets and authors, Dorothy and William Wordsworth. Inspired by the scenery of the Lake District in England, they used film photography and poetry to appreciate natural beauty and the sublime, a recurring theme in the Romantic era tradition. Join them on Thursday, April 21, at 4:15 p.m. in Mills B as they share what they learned.  

Emily Hill and Evan Mitchell studied and experienced the changes in the gay and lesbian community in San Francisco by comparing the culture, politics, and health of residents from the 1980s to the present. They focused on how the relatively quick change of public opinion toward support and assimilation into heteronormative American life could cause lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer culture to lose what makes it unique. Join them in Mills B at 4:10 p.m. on Friday, April 22, to hear what they learned.