Western Michigan University's College of Arts and Sciences points of pride begin with our people—students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters. Discover a few of many unique and impressive distinctions that make our college successful.
- Five 2016 Medallion Scholarships were awarded to freshmen students with majors or minors in WMU's College of Arts and Sciences. Medallion Scholarships are among the highest honors WMU can bestow on an incoming freshman. Valued at $60,000 each over four years, they constitute one of the largest merit-based awards in American higher education.
- Tirrea Billings, a senior in the film, video and media studies program, won honorable mention in the 2016 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts in the Student Documentary category.
- Twenty-two students from the college were named 2016 University Presidential Scholars. The designation is the highest academic honor that WMU can bestow on its undergraduates.
- Students in environmental and sustainability studies address complex challenges related to sustainability of freshwater anywhere in the world.
- Graduate students were awarded for their scholarly endeavors during WMU's Research and Creative Activities Poster Day.
- Carol Beaver, biomedical sciences, was named a 2016-17 Gwen Frostic doctoral fellow and received the MPI Outstanding Graduate Research Award.
- Karina Ortiz-Pacheco, a doctoral student with the Department of Spanish, has been awarded a Dames Endowed Scholarship offered on a competitive basis to exceptional students.
- College of Arts and Sciences faculty accounted for $4.9 million in sponsored research for 2015-16.
- Dr. Charles Henderson, physics, was appointed as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Developing Indicators for Undergraduate STEM Education.
- Dr. Alyce Dickinson and Dr. Alan D. Poling in the Department of Psychology received prestigious awards in 2016.
- Prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Program grant awarded to WMU Scholar, Dr. Jana Schulman.
- A team of faculty has been awarded a $161,802 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation to study changing speed limits on Michigan interstate freeways.
- Dr. Victor Xiong, history, is the recipient of the fifth annual Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies Research grant.
- College of Arts and Sciences faculty regularly receive some of the most prestigious awards in American higher education, including a McArthur Grant, Guggenheim Fellowships, a Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, the Alexander Gode Medal, NSF Achievement Grants, Fulbright Fellowships, NEA Fellowships, and appointments to national academies.
- WMU hosted the First Annual High School Model UN Conference in 2016.
- The new Michigan budget includes WMU funding for new geologic mapping.
- The Health DReAM team uses epidemiology, geography and statistics for community wide well-being.
- Teaching American History Initiative grants continue to pay off for K-12 students in classrooms.
- WMU's extensive efforts to offer autism services and train professionals in the field attracted a $4 million award approved by the Michigan Legislature in 2014, and some of that funding supported the renovation of the center's new home.