F&M Stories

At Franklin & Marshall College, we connect our students with extraordinary opportunities so they can accomplish great things in their four years on campus. Here are just a few of their stories.


Senior Studies Russian Politics in Real Time

As Franklin & Marshall College senior Anna Synakh began researching Russian soft-power politics, her studies took a startling turn. The Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine in February added a...F&M senior Anna Synakh is analyzing Western country responses...

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A Book Club For Second Chances

Franklin & Marshall College senior Jolie Rosenberg believes in second chances. She converted that belief into action by crafting an education project for the Lancaster County Prison in Lancaster,...History and government double major designed prison...

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Exploring How Images Present New Ways to Tell a Story

As an English literature and studio art double major, Franklin & Marshall College senior Sojin Shin has a twofold love of words and images. It's only fitting that she chose to explore how her...English literature and studio art double major explores...

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Satellite Images and Climate Change: What's the Connection?

What happens to a fishing community during a drought? A student researcher uses images and computer skills to show what that experience looks like.

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'Streams are the Canary in the Coal Mine'

Water has a lot to say, if you know how to listen. An F&M sophomore is senior examines the stream-channel dynamics of Fishing Creek North Nature Preserve in Lancaster County.

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Biology, Psychology Interests Lead Researcher to Potential New Antibiotics

As Hailan Yu synthesizes holomycin and its derivatives, she plows relatively untouched ground in her chemistry studies for new antibiotic compounds.

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'I Formed Great Relationships with My Mentors'

Marvin Nicoleau '16, a biochemistry and molecular biology major at F&M, is a fourth-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. He enrolled at the College in 2012 as a result of a new partnership between...

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Students, Staff Help Local Neighbors, Build Community

For spring break, the Catastrophic Relief Alliance (CRA) at Franklin & Marshall College joined with Impact Missions to help the College's Lancaster neighbors. A student-based organization...Franklin & Marshall College offers students a hands-on education...

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Student Realizes Her Future as Teacher in German Studies

Alison Geiger '22, a German literature and culture major, said, “Teaching German is going to be my future goal." Geiger got a glimpse into this future by being a preceptor for German 202, a fourth-semester course that had been redesigned with the...

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'A Little Medicine, A Little Philosophy'

An F&M professor and his former student — now a doctor — teamed up to explore an ethical puzzle: What if a patient's current best interests conflict with their past living will directives?

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'It Can Stop Being a Job, and Instead Become a Calling'

Franklin & Marshall College Alumna Shares Her Experience Opening a Nonprofit When she accepted her Franklin & Marshall College diploma and ceremoniously moved her mortarboard tassel to...Martha Mumenthaler '21 started a nonprofit, Foliage Retriever...

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Bank Prize Winner Jeremy Mauser Reflects on Writing

Novelist Weike Wang, author of the PEN/Hemingway Award-winner Novelist Weike Wang, author of the PEN/Hemingway Award-winner

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