Points of Pride

Our students

  • Nine 2013 Medallion Scholarships were awarded to freshmen students with majors or minors in Western Michigan University's College of Arts and Sciences. Medallion Scholarships are among the highest honors WMU can bestow on an incoming freshman. Valued at $50,000 each over four years, they constitute one of the largest merit-based awards in American higher education.
  • A recent graduate of the college is one of 75 people selected out of more than 630 applicants to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals program as a fellow.
  • Twenty-one students from the college were named 2013 University Presidential Scholars. The designation is the highest academic honor that WMU can bestow on its undergraduates.
  • Public Affairs and Administration nonprofit leadership students granted a total of $13,750 to five Kalamazoo nonprofit organizations through the American Humanics program at Western.
  • College of Arts and Sciences doctoral students are recipients of Dissertation Completion Fellowships from WMU's Graduate College. Two full-year fellowships worth $20,344 each and four half-year fellowships worth $10,172 each were awarded.
  • College doctoral candidates have received Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships. The competitive fellowships ranging in amount from $1,400 to $4,000 assist with dissertation expenses, including tuition and fees, materials and travel.
  • A College of Arts and Sciences graduate student who just completed her master's degree is one of 14 finalists among 150 entries worldwide for a research paper competition identifying innovative thinking in urban planning.
  • Graduate students were awarded for their scholarly endeavors during WMU's Research and Creative Activities Poster Day.
  • A student in the University's Film, Video and Media Studies Program has won second place in the College Broadcast Awards sponsored by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for his documentary "Skinny Dipping with the Fireflies," which explores a Michigan pastime and right of passage--summer camp.
  • WMU's American Humanics students have won the Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program (NextGen) stipend award.  NextGen is designed to help a racially and ethnically diverse group of students with demonstrated leadership potential complete their AH certification requirements, with a scholarship of $4,500, as well as access to and support from a network of nonprofit leaders who will serve as Career Coaches.
  • A husband and wife team from the University, received major awards to study international policy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Calif., including merit scholarships valued at $10,000 a year and a Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship, which will fund up to $50,000 annually.
  • A WMU graduate student won the Orphic Prize for Poetry from Dream Horse Press and had his manuscript, "American Amen," published.
  • Students and representatives from the University competed and won the American Humanics Management/Leadership Institute award. The WMU program was honored for "demonstrating best practices in all nonprofit leadership program areas, with strengths in the areas of institutional support, fundraising, nonprofit management curriculum, and community service," according to American Humanics.
  • A group of four WMU students swept the prestigious International Telecommunications Education and Research Association National Case Study Competition, winning the team division and taking top honors for best individual undergraduate research paper.

Our faculty

  • College of Arts and Sciences faculty accounted for $53,491,311 million in sponsored research during a five-year time span, an average of $10,698,262 million each year.
  • A WMU geologist earned a Public Service Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists for his nearly 30-year effort to save one-of-a kind rock samples and paper records that provide critical data about Michigan's geology.
  • A faculty member of the College of Arts and Sciences was named an American Council on Education Fellow. The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration.
  • College of Arts and Sciences faculty have been awarded Fulbright Awards to spend all or part of the academic year abroad studying, teaching and conducting research on topics of international importance. The Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. It's U.S. award recipients are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential.
  • An associate professor of world languages and literatures at the University has been awarded the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature.
  • 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.
  • A grant of $865,404 from Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. was awarded to a faculty member in chemistry to develop improved sensing technology to detect nerve and toxic industrial chemical agents.
  • College of Arts and Sciences geosciences researchers garnered more than $600,000 in new federal funds to lead an effort in researching the storage of greenhouse gas emissions deep underground.

Community outreach

  • An Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics is offered by the College of Arts and Sciences to help students in all disciplines refine and improve their analytical skills to improve the thesis and dissertation development process and to enhance their career opportunities.
  • The College of Arts and Sciences has become home to a Confucius Institute, providing new Chinese language and cultural studies options for the university's students and faculty and dramatically expanding international opportunities for area K-12 schools and local businesses.
  • WMU is the recipient of an American Humanics Program Excellence Award, a prestigious national honor awarded to institutions dedicated to preparing the next generation of nonprofit sector leaders.
  • A team of the University's researchers working at the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, Calif., is among the first to give the scientific community its first look at what the world's most powerful hard X-ray laser can do.
  • Grants totaling $228,727 will serve operations, teaching, cultural activities, research, academic exchanges, exhibitions and educational cooperation as part of the new WMU Confucius Institute. The grant applications were led by Dr. Xiaojun Wang, professor of world languages and literatures and head of the university's Chinese language program, and Dr. Donald G. McCloud, dean of WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education.