Summer Opportunities for Intellectual Activities (SOFIA) at Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL
Prior to my retirement, I worked for Monmouth College for 27 years in the admissions office. Monmouth has a lot of unique programs and unique traditions, but none quite as “special” as the SOFIA program. Several of my recruits participated in SOFIA, and they all tell me that it was the best freshman experience ever! Making research fun (and receiving a stipend) before they even take their first class? Yes. That’s SOFIA.
Exploring the Metaverse: virtual worlds and the future of the reality
Lichen Biodiversity as a Measure of the Effects of Climate Change
Worm Hunting: Investigating Nematode Diversity at Monmouth College
The Chemistry of Baking
Ancient Technology and Engineering
Build a 6502 Computer
Timeless Typewriters: Community Engagement with Vintage Machines
3D Printing: Beyond the Basics
Counterfeit electronic components detection using a simple circuit
Writing: The Generative Muse
Investigating Metabolic and Fitness Testing
An Intersection of Mathematics, Photography, and Archaeology
Searching for Alien Worlds
Monmouth Constitutional Convention
Virtual Reality: Can Other-Dimensional Experiences Lead to Meaningful Personal Change?
These are all topics for students entering Monmouth in the fall of 2023. Usually 4 or 5 students per topic. SOFIA is by invitation only based on the academic credentials of incoming students. Topics change from year to year. ---V. Peter Pitts, M.A.