For seven years, the InSPIRE program (Interested Students Pursuing Internship and Research Experiences) has been sending CA students out into the world for summer experiences in science-related fields. Participants have shadowed neurosurgeons in hospitals, worked in research labs, and witnessed what it’s like to work in industry, for example. “Students get to see, ‘So this is what it’s like to be a mechanical engineering researcher,’” the Science Department’s Amy Kumpel says. And by the same token, the world gets a chance to see the quality of CA students.

Now that these relationships are forged, Kumpel says the department is looking into the next step: how to bring some of what the students have learned back to CA. A student who conducted research in a lab might demonstrate the methods she learned over the summer to the advanced biology class, for example.