Shannon Travis brings the shoes and toys her unit collected to children at a local orphanage in Afghanistan in 2014.

Future Diplomat

Army veteran and Honors student Shannon Travis prepares for career in U.S. Foreign Service

Experience fuels
College studies

Shannon Travis did things a little differently than most college seniors. The Political Science and International Studies major experienced U.S. foreign policy firsthand in Iraq and Afghanistan before she stepped into the classroom to learn the theories behind it.


The combination, or, in Travis’ words, a “healthy mix of experience and education”  landed the Honors student a highly competitive internship with Women International Security (WIIS) this summer as program assistant for its Combat Integration Initiative. The organization is supporting the initiative as the military works to meet Congress’ mandate to open all branches to women by the end of 2015.


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McDaniel Environmental Studies professor Jason Scullion (left) and McDaniel senior Casey Kelahan (center) along with University Of Washington student Sophia Winkler-Schor (right) in the Peruvian Amazon.

On Conservation’s Frontier

Student-faculty research award and Cargill grant fund pioneering work in the remote Peruvian rain forest.

Saving one of Earth’s
Last great wild places

Each autumn, when Environmental Studies professor Jason Scullion returns to campus, he leaves a little bit of his heart in the Peruvian Amazon. His passion to protect these old-growth rain forests and their rich biodiversity will pull him back, and chances are McDaniel students will be by his side.


Both the lush forests and adventuresome students are the beneficiaries of Scullion’s commitment. This summer, senior Environmental Studies and Spanish double major Casey Kelahan went with Scullion to conduct a student-faculty research project in the remote Las Piedras watershed — the official biodiversity capital of the country.

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Members of McDaniel women's soccer team celebrate after scoring a goal.



For the first time in team history, the McDaniel women's soccer team debuted in the poll at 25th.

A walk through Westminster's Civil War History

A walk through Westminster's Civil War History

Picture from Biology professor Susan Parrish’s spring Genomics class.

Translating DNA

34 alumni are among authors of national genomics research paper

Authentic research
In classroom lab

Look closely at the 34 McDaniel alumni listed as authors of a recently published genomics research paper, and you’ll find eight soon-to-be M.D.s, eight Ph.D. candidates, two nurses, four teachers, several researchers and a few students of physical therapy, veterinary science and optometry.


All of the McDaniel authors were once students in Biology professor Susan Parrish’s spring Genomics class and, more importantly, lab. In class, during the spring semesters of 2008–2012, they conducted a genomic analysis of the Drosophila (fruit fly) Dot chromosome through the Genomics Education Partnership. 

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