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    HIPAL: Hamline Initiative for Professional and Academic Liaisons

    Prepare for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century! Learn from and create relationships with workplace professionals to be "first day ready" for the workplace. Work with leaders at various technical laboratories, graduate/professional school faculty, high school teachers/administrators and physicians/veterinarians, as well as Hamline staff from the Career Development Center and International & Off-Campus Programs.

    About the Program

    The new Hamline Initiative for Professional and Academic Liaisons (HIPAL) program is open to 16 qualifying students with strong interests in the molecular sciences. It consists of:

    • a First Year Seminar (FYSem) led by a Hamline faculty member who will serve as your advisor
    • additional HIPAL non-credit seminars in each of six other terms, led by professionals in the workplace
    • a semester or year abroad experience
    • a capstone course in the senior year
    • completion of the Hamline Plan
    • numerous opportunities for seminar students to interact informally with workplace professionals

    There are no additional costs to students who participate in the program, and your Hamline admission counselor will help you apply.

    FYSEM: Linking Science with the World Around Us

    This seminar is intended for students with a keen interest and probable major in the molecular sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) and will use the The Wall Street Journal as a springboard to probe the role of science in our global infrastructure, the challenges this presents, and how improving collaboration between diverse disciplines has supported economic growth. Additionally, the seminar will focus on developing verbal and written communication skills, critical analysis, a global outlook, and improved study skills.

    The Wall Street Journal in both the traditional newspaper format as well as the online versions has evolved in recent years to provide an extraordinary scope of coverage ranging from Afghanistan to Zaire and from analytical chemistry to zoology. Challenges and opportunities around the world are increasingly complex and interdisciplinary and in nearly all cases have a significant scientific and/or technological component. Students will receive their own copy of The Wall Street Journal, at a nominal cost, delivered daily for the semester and will also have access to the Online Journal, providing the opportunity to probe these topics and illustrate the complex interconnectedness of the sciences with our world.

    Because this is a writing-intensive FYSem, registration for English 1110 is NOT required for those successfully completing this course.