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Dr. Tom Higgins, a 1992 graduate of Kalamazoo College, addressed the KACS on How Undergraduate Research can Change Students' Lives on Friday 8 April. Dr. Higgins worked to develop an undergraduate research program in the community colleges in Chicago. Longitudinal studies show that students who participated in research persisted in science to a higher degree than similar students who did not do research and had a higher rate of transferring to four-year institutions. Dr. Higgins is a professor at Harold Washington College and is currently a Program Director at the National Science Foundation. During his visit to Kalamazoo, Tom also had an opportunity to meet with and talk to faculty and students from WMU, KVCC, and Kalamazoo College.