IIT College of Psychology student Kevin Franke came to the university as a Camras Scholar who was in the top 1 percent of IIT’s applicant pool. Franke quickly adapted to university life and found the College of Psychology’s intimate environment conducive to reaching his academic goals. “I have had the unique opportunity to work with nearly all the professors on a one-to-one basis and to enroll in several graduate courses as an undergraduate,” explains Franke, now in his fourth year. He also had the chance to obtain advanced skills and more by working on a research project that examined the patterns and accuracy of retrospective recall of affect in the clinically depressed population. “I not only obtained a year of graduate-level research experience as a third-year undergraduate,” he says, “but I gained valuable leadership experience as the project manager for a semester.” Franke credits such projects, along with his participation in the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity, as helping him to gain entry into IIT’s prestigious Leadership Academy.
Born and raised in Burbank, Ill., Franke never tires of his life in the Windy City, where he enjoys outdoor workouts. “How cool is it to have the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan as your personal training ground?” he asks.