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Winter Term

Oberlin provides a winter term each year to empower students to discover the value of self-directed education. Students may devise an individual project in collaboration with an Oberlin staff or faculty member, or participate in a group project that has been organized by Oberlin staff, faculty, or other students. These undertakings can happen on or off campus. The Office of Winter Term oversees these projects.

The central objective of this period is to continue the process of personal and academic discovery outside of the classroom.

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A Lesson in Computational Modeling

October 29, 2020

“Computational modeling is the future of neuroscience!” raves Rochelle van der Merwe ’21. So when she had the chance to participate in a Carney Center for Computational Brain Science computational modeling workshop at Brown University, she took full advantage of the opportunity.
A girl wearing a surgical mask stands with arms folded in a hallway.

Exploring Interstellar Waves

October 12, 2020

Jakob Faber ’21 explored ways to broaden the scope of branched flow with the goal of introducing work that has been done in radio astronomy and radio geophysics into the field.
A student stands with his hands in his pockets.

Winter Term: Psychological Factors on COVID-19

October 1, 2020

Many areas of the country saw significant drops in pollution levels when stay-at-home orders were put in place several months ago. The effects on the atmosphere suggested to Devin Williams ’21 that there might be other factors to investigate. He joined a team of students who assisted Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies Cindy Frantz in a project that would lead to the study of COVID-19 on psychological factors.
A lake with the reflection of trees.

Winter Term: A Plan to Improve Education for Students

September 30, 2020

Bridget Smith ’21, an education and politics major, wants to improve the educational experiences of students with special needs. That's why interning at the Monitoring and State Improvement Planning division of the Office of Special Education Program in Oberlin (OSEP) was a great fit.
A student poses in the hallway of a large building.

Winter Term: Creating Music Miles Apart

September 23, 2020

Seniors Arthur Welsh and Mark Ligonde had an ambitious goal for Winter Term. The pair planned to release a seven-song album with six different genres and subgenres of music, while residing miles apart. The project would challenge their compositional and production skills, but the end result was even more complex and creative than they imagined.
A drawing of two musicians one playing a guitar the other playing a keyboard

Winter Term: The Art of the Artist Book

September 15, 2020

After spending a month researching artist books and creating a book of her own, Marie Romanelli ’21 is officially hooked on the craft, both as an artist and as a short-form poet.
A girl poses next to her art book

Winter Term: Butterflies, One of Nature’s Flashiest Pollinators

September 14, 2020

Mary Perchlik adores butterflies. That interest led to her month-long project in August, which combined the study of butterflies on a species level while maintaining a broader focus on environmental systems that support butterflies and their interactions between different plants, insects, and habitats.
A girl stands in an open window.

Winter Term: Recording the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with Piano

September 10, 2020

Fourth-year violin major Peiwen Su took on the ambitious project to learn and record the entire Stravinsky Violin Concerto in D major. The project was both challenging and inspirational—and demonstrated to Su what is possible in this new reality.
Asian girl in red dress plays a violin.

Winter Term: The Auto Drink Dispenser

September 8, 2020

Creating an auto drink dispenser is something Thomas Heffer ’21 had toyed with for quite some time. However, his busy schedule wouldn’t allow him to actively pursue it.
A portrait of a student wearing a mask.

Winter Term - Summer 2020

September 3, 2020

More than 200 students performed individual and group projects during this year’s Winter Term. Although typically held in January, it was shifted to August this year under the same premise: a time for students to explore opportunities outside of their regular course of study.
A portrait of a girl next to a poster of a figure with COVID-19 symptoms

How Organs Become Vital

May 18, 2020

International travel—and Oberlin opportunities—proved pivotal for Fulbright Finalist Celina Kobetitsch ’18.
organist and pianist Celina Kobetitsch.

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