This year’s Summer Science and Engineering Program at Smith had its largest group ever — 116 high school girls took courses with faculty in physics, computer science, biology, neuroscience and geology. In the “The History of Earth and Life,” led by Sara Pruss, associate professor of geosciences, students explored Mount Tom, composed of volcanic rock formed toward the end of the Triassic Period, some 200 million years ago.
Under an innovative initiative called Achieving Excellence in Mathematics, Engineering and Sciences (AEMES), Smith reaches out to students who have expressed interest in those fields to increase their chances of success. AEMES scholars are selected as first years and are supported by the program all four years of their college experience. During those years, the scholars conduct research with a faculty adviser and participate in a peer mentoring program. Here's what two members of the research team have to say about the lab work they are doing with Laura Katz, Elsie Damon Simonds Professor of Biological Sciences. Learn more about the AEMES program here
Capen Garden is designed as a series of outdoor garden rooms. The largest is bisected by a rustic pergola supporting old varieties of climbing roses.
With another record year in admissions, 15 new Fulbright fellows and Smith’s first Rhodes Scholar in 17 years, it has been another great year at Smith. In this special video message, President Kathleen McCartney looks back with pride and appreciation at Smith’s accomplishments in 2013–14.
The campus in summer, with music by The 2006 Smiffenpoofs.
A little rain did not dampen the spirits of alumnae as they marched in the Alumnae Parade during 2014 All Reunion Weekend. Watch the highlights.
Commencement Weekend is Smith's final chance to honor its graduating seniors. The weekend culminates on Sunday when parents, friends and seniors gather to hear a distinguished speaker and observe the awarding of diplomas. Watch a replay of the entire webcast here.
Ivy Day festivities, including the Alumnae Parade and senior class procession, were held Saturday, May 17, 2014. The event included remarks by President Kathleen McCartney and the Ivy Day Awards Convocation.
Ruth J. Simmons delivered the 136th Commencement address on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Noting that “the collision of views and ideologies is in the DNA of the academic enterprise,” Simmons, former president of Smith College and Brown University, challenged the Class of 2014 to “gird yourselves for moments of criticism, doubt and challenge.” She advised the graduates to “take good care of your voice” and “take the time to discover who you are in the fullness of your intellect, identity and abilities because you will need to stand your ground effectively to be credible leaders.”
Since her first year at Smith, STRIDE scholar Karen Yu ’16 has worked at the Botanic Garden with Manager of Education and Outreach Madelaine Zadik. Yu’s final STRIDE project features the classic botanic orchid illustrations of Florence Woolward (1854–1936) as they relate to the Botanic Garden’s massive orchid collection. The result, “Thesaurus Woolwardiae: Orchid Paintings by Florence Woolward,” is on display at the Botanic Garden through January 2015. Here Yu and Zadik talk about the exhibit.