An Update on EPIC
July 19, 2018
EPIC (the Earlham Program for an Integrated Curriculum) is designed to provide access to the best Earlham has to offer — for every student regardless of background or academic area of study. This program is part of Earlham’s attempt to highlight the distinctive qualities of an Earlham education to prospective students and their families. A major component of the program is the recent launch of EPIC Advantage, the offer of a funded internship, research experience or project for every student before graduation.
In EPIC’s second academic year, over one-half of all Earlham students have benefitted from life-altering and career-discerning experiences as part of this new signature program that promotes intellectual curiosity, experiential learning and leadership development. This includes the many students who participated in EPIC Advantage experiences this summer, including faculty-led programs. At least one young faculty member said the experience of leading such a program was life changing.
“The EPIC Advantage gave me the freedom to shape the kind of experience I was looking for before graduation,” says Jacob Harris ’18, a Biochemistry major from Takoma Park, Md., whose Earlham experiences included research and job-shadowing experiences in Thailand and Tanzania, respectively.
“Going to Tanzania was a great summation of my past experiences that also let me discover what becoming a doctor may look like in a hospital setting outside of the United States,” he says. “I also had the opportunity to work directly with patients in ways I couldn’t as a volunteer back home.”
EPIC Advantage programs supported research on climate change in Iceland, ethnobotany in Alaska, issues of race in Brazil, and even knitting in the Shetland Islands. Internship placements were also supported at dozens of locations across the world while a project in Costa Rica gave students the opportunity to participate in health campaigns and explore issues related to public health in a developing nation.
EPIC programming also supported 210 faculty-student research experiences, 245 students participating in off-campus programs, and 18,000 hours of community service around the world. The Earlham Prize for Creative Capitalism, now in its second year, also awarded $40,000 in seed capital to 10 teams of Earlhamites with world-changing ideas.
“EPIC and the EPIC Advantage provide a framework for every student to make the most of their Earlham education by participating in the kinds of high-impact experiences that confirm what they are most passionate about and inform how they can live out those passions in the future,” Interim President Avis Stewart ’74 says. “Earlham has always offered many of these programs, but now these programs are fully funded to ensure that every student has the opportunity to put theory into practice and prepare for their futures in more meaningful ways.”
EPIC is supported by five Centers of Excellence specializing in Global Health, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Social Justice, Global Education, and Career and Community Engagement.
The EPIC Advantagewas launched at the start of the 2017-18 academic year after the College received a $7.5 million leadership gift from Alan ’74 and Peg Kral Scantland ’74.
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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."
Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and email@example.com.