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The Richter Scholars Program

Spotlight on Britt Dahlin ’21 and Challenge from Carol Keenan


Lake Forest College gives students the opportunity to work directly with faculty scholars doing independent research in one of a wide variety of fields. Established in 1991, the Richter Scholar Program makes it possible for students to have this experience the summer after their first year.
The goal of this program is to foster a strong commitment to the intellectual life, and to encourage participating students to consider careers in research and teaching. As many as 40 rising sophomores participate annually.

Britt Dahlin ’21 spent this past summer collaborating with Assistant Professor of Music Anne Barry to develop a sight-reading curriculum for the choir program that helps build students’ skills so that they have confidence in their knowledge of music. Dahlin reviewed the existing curriculum and evaluated what the choir program did in the past to help design a curriculum with a new approach, accommodating the various abilities of students in the College’s ensembles. Through her research, Dahlin created basic- to intermediate-level exercises, assisted in choosing a selection of pieces that allow the singers to apply their new skills, and designed a booklet of these exercises and samples using a music-notation software.

We are excited to announce that Chicago/Lake Forest philanthropist Carol Keenan has stepped up with a challenge. She will match any newly created Student Summer Research Fellowships up to $25,000. We are looking for individuals to take advantage of this challenge to sponsor a deserving student. Opportunities are available starting at $3,000 for  a four-week fellowship. Please contact Vice President for External Relations Philip Hood at 847-735-6000  or hood@lakeforest.edu


Read more about our Richter Scholars including two rising juniors whose research was published in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine at lakeforest.edu/richters