With Science, Study Abroad and Fulbrights, the Numbers Show Smith at the Top
When it comes to evaluating success, Smith measures up. Here are a few examples:
- In the past 10 years Smith College has won more National Science Foundation (NSF) research funding—more than $14 million—than any other select liberal arts college in the nation.
The NSF prioritizes the student research experience, a philosophy that aligns with the college's mission, according to John Davis, associate provost and dean for academic development at Smith. Grants from the NSF often include funding for student research internships and travel stipends that allow students to attend and present research at professional conferences.
- Smith is first in the nation among U.S. baccalaureate institutions in the number of students studying abroad for a full year. The college encourages students from all academic disciplines, including the sciences and engineering, to become informed global citizens and to engage with communities beyond Smith.
- With 19 alumnae currently serving as volunteers around the world, Smith is seventh on the 2010 Peace Corps national list of small colleges and universities (with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates) in the production of Peace Corps volunteers. Some 335 Smith alumnae have served in the Peace Corps since its inception 50 years ago.
- Smith has exceeded the 100 mark in the number of Fulbright Fellowships garnered since establishing its Fellowships Program in 2001.
In the five years 2004-09, Smith produced 76 student Fulbright Fellows, the most among colleges nationwide and at a success rate (ratio of winners to applicants) more than double the national average. For the year 2009-10, with 16 student and alumnae winners, Smith was tied for first place (with Pomona) as the liberal arts college producing the most Fulbright Fellows. The success promises to continue for the fellowship year 2010-11. As of May 6, 12 Smith women had received Fulbright Fellowships.