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Engaged Liberal Arts in Action

The Center for the Engaged Liberal Arts (CELA) at Oberlin empowers students to pursue experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom.

Through programming, individual mentoring, and structured peer advising, CELA helps remove barriers to participation and guides students through transformative educational experiences so they can express their talents and thrive in a changing world.

Center for Engaged Liberal Arts

Marwan Ghanem '22 Receives Nexial Prize

July 18, 2022

Marwan Ghanem, a spring 2022 graduate with majors in biology and neuroscience, is this year’s winner of the Oberlin College Nexial Prize.
Marwan Ghanem.

Jane Sedlak ’19 Studies the Chemistry of Wildfire Smoke

April 20, 2022

Jane Sedlak graduated from Oberlin College in 2019 with a degree in chemistry and was named the winner of Oberlin’s Nexial Prize. Given to a student who demonstrates academic excellence and an interest in cultural study, the Nexial Prize comes with a $50,000 award, which afforded Sedlak the opportunity following graduation to study art conservation at the Louvre in Paris. She is currently a graduate student at University of California San Diego.
Head shot of Jane Sedlak

The Pursuit of Research and Understanding How the Brain Works

March 15, 2022

David Shostak’20, a native of San Francisco, played four years on the varsity soccer team and graduated with a major in biology, a concentration in cognitive science, and a minor in environmental science. For the past two years, he has worked at a neurobiology lab at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. In fall 2022, Shostak will begin working toward a PhD in neuroscience at the University of California San Francisco. Read more about Shostak in this After Oberlin Q&A.
Head shot of David Shostak

Criminal Justice Reporter to Foreign Correspondent: Leila Miller ’16

November 22, 2021

Hispanic studies and politics major Leila Miller ’16 recently transitioned from criminal justice reporter to foreign correspondent at the Los Angeles Times. She recently moved to Mexico City to begin her new position covering the news in Mexico and Latin America.
Head and shoulders portrait of Leila Miller

A Well-Rounded Med Student: Mia Bates ’18

October 22, 2021

Neuroscience major and cross-country team alum Mia Bates ’18 is studying at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in Bronx, New York. She reflects on her time at Oberlin, and how the liberal arts model allowed her to become a well-rounded student and explore her passions.
Portrait of John McCarthy and Mia Bates in white lab coats

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