Michigan State University - Lyman Briggs College

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Location: 35 East Holmes Hall Michigan State University East Lansing MI 48825 USA

Mission: Undergraduate residential college for the study of science in the context of society.
Results: Quick Facts about Lyman Briggs College  Average Freshman Class Size: 625  Average Total Enrollment: 1800  Large percentage of graduates are physicians, health professionals and research scientists  Established in 1967, became a school in the College of Natural Science in 1981, regained college status in June, 2007  Approximately 30% of students also in Honors College  Approximately 25% of students on Dean’s List (3.5 or better grade-point average)  36 majors in 5 areas of concentration: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Computational Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Social Science & Humanities (HPS)  40% of graduates go on to graduate programs; 20% enter the workforce; 40% enter professional schools  Since its founding, LBC has graduated a Marshall Scholar, a Truman Scholar, five Goldwater Scholars, Two Udall Scholars, a Phi Kappa Phi and a recipient of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security scholarship.  Named after Lyman J. Briggs (1874-1963), who entered Michigan Agricultural College (now MSU) by examination in 1889 at 15 years of age. Dr. Briggs received his B.S. degree in 1893.  Located in Holmes Hall (MSU’s largest residence hall).
Programs: We intend to make the full transformative Briggs Experience available to every student, regardless of personal resources – making a difference for our students so they can make a difference in the world. Goal 1: We will engage our friends and alumni in enabling all Briggs students to have the complete “Briggs Experience” including research-assistantship, learning-assistantship, or study away/abroad. Our students arrive with a great variety of backgrounds and levels of academic preparation. But what they all share is their unquenchable motivation to contribute to society through careers in science or medicine. We want all Briggs students to pursue their dreams of scientific excellence without financial barriers. Goal 2: We will encourage every student to undertake inquiry-based research of the highest caliber as part of their Briggs coursework. Working on a faculty-mentored research team ignites new enthusiasm in students at every academic level. Using course material in a research project makes it come to life in a new way; extra opportunities to talk with professors lead to life-changing advice. All Briggs students should benefit from a research experience that unlocks their potential for scientific achievement. Goal 3: We will undertake world-class scholarship on college teaching and learning, so that our students will have the best possible education and share our insights with (inter)national colleagues. Briggs faculty members teach in student-centered, interdisciplinary, research-oriented ways that bring material alive for students and inspire them to excel. Part of our mission is to continue discovering even better ways to teach, so that we can offer the best possible education to our students. Just as we draw on the national educational community in developing our teaching methods, so we contribute our new ideas and knowledge to that community. Goal 4: We will create bold new ways to find and support Briggs faculty who are deeply committed to scholarship and student success - helping them to excel as effective teachers and mentors for students and harnessing resources to endow chairs and opportunities to advance professional skills Engaged scholars inspire students to pursue their intellectual dreams. All of our faculty members should have the resources and professional development opportunities needed to serve as true teacher-scholars and compelling role models for their undergraduate students and mentees.

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I graduated from LBC as a pre-medical student in 1976, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. Although I had not requested placement services in anticipation of my graduation, I was approached by a major pharmaceutical company who offered me my choice of jobs as a research assistant. This meant that I had an excellent job BEFORE I had even graduated! After several successful years, I resumed my plan to attend medical school and subsequently earned my Doctor of Medicine. I also earned a Masters Degree in Public Health. The bottom line for me is this: LBC provided me with an excellent educational foundation that openened numerous doors for me, and that has ensured my success in all my professional endeavors.

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my capacity as an undergraduate student at Lyman Briggs College from 1972-1976.

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... the superb educational opportunities LBC offers.

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... enthusiastic and uniformly supportive and helpful. I remained in contact with several staff members for decades after my graduation.

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... expand the number of students it could reach, increase financial support, and broaden its curriculum and staff.

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2010-8-01

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My experience at Lyman Briggs laid a strong foundation for everything I do today - professionally and personally. The ability to interact with like minded students, professors who truly cared what you learned, and staff who were interested in the whole person was an enriching experience. It was the way Lyman Briggs' focused on balance that has served me so well and in many different ways. The emphasize on humanities as much as science and the devotion to training a student for a life time of learning continues to motivate me today. I am not doing anything related to my degree today, yet I credit my 4 years at Briggs with providing me with the tools to do everything I've done these past 26 years. It is an incredible institution.

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the way I solve problems, think through situations, and evaluate scenarios.

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provide additional funding

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the people, the education, and preparation it provided for life after college.

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phenomenal

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Provide education for deserving under privileged students.

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It was the best

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funding

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This is a wonderful program offering students a wonderful educational experience. It is not often that in a sea of many one is made to feel like an individual as is possible through LBC

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as a student and an educator

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More the n25 years after graduating from Lyman Briggs College I get respect from fellow MSU graduates.Many individuals enter the program ,but that number far exceeds those that complete it.The residential experience there has helped me personally as well as professionally>LBC staff remain some ofthe best at the university. jane kaminski

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my professional as well as personal life.

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Increase the size and funding of the program.

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the enduring relationships that I've maintained with fellow students and staff.

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wonderful

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increase facility size and enrollment

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More individuals stayed in the program

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding

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this was my best educational experience

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2010-4-01

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Lyman Briggs College provides a unique experience to science and math undergraduates. I see several key advantages of the program: 1. As a residential college, Briggs provides a sense of community and support to students who might otherwise be overwhelmed in a large state university. 2. Professors for the Briggs programs are selected because they are truly interested in teaching undergraduates. So many times a large research universities, undergraduates are treated as a necessary nuisance. At Briggs, I never felt second class to graduate students or research projects. 3. The Briggs program is designed to encourage science and math majors to broaden their intellectual horizons, and to make room in their class schedules for humanities, social sciences, art, and all of the other wonderful disciplines that highly-focused science majors sometimes miss out on.

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My own educational experience, in my career, and through the impact on several family members who also participated in the program.

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The fabulous education that I received

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Absolutely committed to teaching excellence, and truly interested in their students.

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Improve labs and infrastructure

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About once a year

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2008-1-01

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In addition to providing an outstanding education in scientific principles, Lyman Briggs College teaches its students how to actually BE scientists, by requiring that they take courses in the history, logic and philosophy of science. In 1971 we read Thomas Kuhn's "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions", fifteen years before Kuhn's concept of "paradigm shifts" came to be used as a teaching tool by the general public. My professor, Dr. Robert Snow, used this "paradigm shift" concept in counselling me to consider other options besides teaching Biology. In 1974 I took his advice, switched gears, and became an environmental lawyer for the newly created U.S. EPA, where I received awards as their lead counsel on the first case ever brought under Superfund and as lead counsel on the largest settlement in the history of U.S. EPA. As a "residential college" within a large university, Lyman Briggs provides a very valuable and unique educational experience.

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I was a student there from 1969 to 1973.

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About once a year

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2010-6-01

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I graduated from Lyman Briggs in May of this year. As a Lyman Briggs student, I had the priveldge of learning from passionate and dedicated professors and was able to collaborate and befriend a diverse student body. I believe that the challenging Lyman Briggs program has prepared me well as I pursue a medical career.

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my education. I feel prepared to take my next step and begin medical school.

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2010-5-01

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I am a 2002 graduate of LBC and the skills I learned at Briggs have served me well in the workplace and at graduate school. In addition to a very strong scientific academic preparation, Briggs gave me an edge on writing skills and working in small groups and teams. Sensitivity to the social implications of science and technology is key in medical school and clinical training, especially when applied to issues of patient education, informed consent, and policy.

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Better writing skills in the workplace; higher awareness of societal issues arising from new technologies or popular perceptions of science, which has been valuable in medical school; strong ability to work/learn in small groups and teams.

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About every week

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2002-5-01

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An early alum, and 32 years later, my son is also a recent LBC grad. The fully developed picture of science in society and the broad scientific curriculum in the context of a living community with shared interests within a megaversity make LBC@MSU an experience like no other.

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preparing me for an exciting life's work in technology

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2008-5-01

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As a member of one of the first Lyman Briggs classes, I have found that the Lyman Briggs experience lasts a life time. The academic opportunities are phenomenal. The experiences beyond academics such as human interaction, communication, community awareness, self awareness, and building of self confidence make this environment extraordinary. The personal impact for me was so significant that, when I could share financially, I decided to "pay it forward". I established an endowed scholarship in Lyman Briggs.

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Having attended Lyman College. Having been a member of the Alumni Board. Having established a scholarship.

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2010-8-01

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