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Interested in Joining McBride? We are Now Accepting Applications!
Applications are due on February 17th, 2021. If you want to learn more, attend one of our upcoming virtual information sessions on 2/4 (8:00-10:00am, 4:00-6:00pm) and 2/5 (8:00-10:00am, 3:00-5:00pm) at bit.ly/MeetMcBride2021
The McBride Experience
The McBride Honors Program has the feel of a small liberal arts college–right here, in the heart of one of the foremost science and engineering universities. Nurturing the full potential of Mines students for over forty years, the program develops core skills in effective communication, problem solving, leadership, creativity and critical thinking. Through McBride, students get a well-rounded education that emboldens learning across disciplines and with diverse people by integrating the liberal arts with that of science and engineering.
Students in McBride will experience student-centered and collaborative learning alongside their professors in small, unique classes that are developed specifically for the program. Seminar discussions and innovative academic activities are designed to encourage curiosity, dive deeply into our humanity, tether our socio-technical understanding, and explore our world in all of its complexity.
Our emphases on experiential education, global exploration, and student-driven experiences culminate in the capstone practicum where students design their own learning adventure according to their passions and goals. This close-knit community of creatively minded and highly motivated individuals make McBride a place to call home and to enjoy a truly transformative educational experience.
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Join us for ManBearPig Night, featuring the following topics and speakers! Drew Novick - My Grandma the Sapphire: How Materials Science Taught Me to Deal with Family Sam Fiorica - Vernacular Design: How Tradition Can Help Build a Better Future Wyatt Hinkle - Stories...
Join us for more McBride open houses and information sessions in February at the following link: bit.ly/MeetMcBride2021! The dates and times will be: 2/4 (8:00-10:00am, 4:00-6:00pm) 2/5 (8:00-10:00am, 3:00-5:00pm)
Come join us for the third installment of the Practicum Series! Our speakers will President Johnson and McBride’s own Marisa Macias. In this third installment, our participants will be holding forth on the theme of restitution. If you’ve caught the first two, you know...
The Student Showcase features some of the creative, interdisciplinary, and exceptional work of our students which emerges from unique learning experiences.
HNRS 305: Explorations in Modern America - Kayla Schlictemier
HNRS 315: Explorations in the Modern World - Gaby Regueiro
Project Description: GabyRegueiro.pdf
HNRS 315: Explorations in the Modern World - Hannah Frey
Project Description: HannahFrey.pdf
HNRS 315: Explorations in the Modern World - Aidan Borgo
Project Description: AidanBorgo.pdf
HNRS 425: Explorations in Politics, Policy, and Leadership - John Whately
Course Theme: Foggy Lenses, Foggy Mirror: Ambiguity and Clarity in Mass Media
Project Link: JohnWhately.pdf
HNRS 425: Explorations in Politics, Policy, and Leadership - Joe Stitt
Project Link: https://jdstitt.wixsite.com/sctstitt
HNRS 425: Explorations in Politics, Policy, and Leadership - Kat Tomon
Project Link: KatTomon.pdf
HNRS 435: Explorations in Culture, Society, and Creative Arts - Emma Braun
HNRS 435: Explorations in Culture, Society, and Creative Arts - Scott Marshall
Course Theme: Soul Food: Plating our Cultural Narratives
Project Link: The Cookbook – Website
HNRS 445: Explorations in Science, Technology, and Society - Colin Gilgenbach
Course Theme: Thermo Human Dynamics—Heat, Energy, and Time
Project Link: The Heat Death of the Universe – Website
My project showcases four variations on a common theme of thermodynamic heat death. I imagine the ideas of heat death applied to the staggering scope of the life of the universe, in order to force the viewer to step outside of the human timescale.
To showcase this project, I created a website which takes the viewer from the start of the universe to the projected end of the universe. I use changing colors to give a sense of the average temperature of the universe, and a graph overlay to allow the viewer to gauge the progress of the universe and the inevitability of thermodynamics. Into this backdrop, I insert dialogues between characters living their lives on each of these time and length scales. In essence, I juxtapose the inevitable process of thermodynamics with the experiences of life that can take place despite this.
Throughout the project, I use time units which are scaled to the era represented. This demonstrates the fractal nature of the Universe, and emphasizes the possibility of life to persist at extremely low temperatures and extremely long timescales. There are certain parallels that run through each timescale, such as uncertainty about the future and inability to comprehend the sheer scope of the Universe.
This project attempts to subvert the purely negative views of thermodynamic heat death, by suggesting that life could continue long after humans are gone.
HNRS 445: Explorations in Science, Technology, and Society - Gillian Burnham
HNRS 445: Explorations in Science, Technology, and Society - Shannon Keohane
Course Theme: Thermo Human Dynamics—Heat, Energy, and Time
Project Link: Contrived Blooms Luminesce – PDF
Check out this incredible paper written by Stephanie Adams in her HNRS 305 class, which was recently published! Her paper titled "Corporate Obligations in the Energy Industry A Historical Case Study of Mine Subsidence in Scranton, PA" starts on page 7 of the linked pdf.
Congrats to Catherine Gable, Hadley Thomas, and McKenzie Davis!