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Applied Learning & Research

Smith’s wide array of innovative programs and centers, cross-disciplinary initiatives, and internship and service opportunities are designed to enrich the academic experience to help students further explore their passions in real-world pursuits.

Apply Your Knowledge

Go Green.

The Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability

Integrate sustainability into every aspect of your Smith experience—from academics to life in the houses. Apply what you know to help our environment.

Four students working for "EcoReps"

Engage.

Jandon Center for Community Engagement

Partner with others in your community to work on real-life challenges and issues facing society and bring about real change.

Innovate.

Jill Ker Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center

Home to the annual Draper Competition, the Conway Center encourages students to think outside the box and pave new trails.

Women posing at the 2019 Draper Competition

Write.

The Boutelle-Day Poetry Center

Attend readings by national and international poets, craft your own verses, and explore what it means to express yourself through poetry.

A student reading poetry to a gathered group

Lead.

Wurtele Center for Leadership

Everyone has the capacity to be a leader. Unlock your possibilities with workshops, programs, and talks geared toward creating equitable and thoughtful leaders.

Two students writing on the whiteboard

Collaborate.

Kahn Liberal Arts Institute

Long- and short-term projects bring together students and faculty members from across campus and across the Five Colleges, creating unlikely partnerships.

Students gathered around a table in the Kahn colloquium room

Newsworthy

Research & Inquiry

Smith in the World Nominations

October 13 is the deadline to nominate students for the annual Smith in the World conference.

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  • September 19, 2023
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Research & Inquiry

"Real Clothes, Real Lives"

The New York Times cites Professor of Theatre Kiki Smith's new book on historic clothing in its "Wha...

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  • September 7, 2023
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Research & Inquiry

The How and Why of Book Banning

Author Emily Knox ’98 will explore "Book Banning and the Culture Wars" on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 4:3...

  • Research & Inquiry
  • September 7, 2023
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People News, September 2023

New publications, poetry readings and career promotions are among the recent accomplishments of Smit...

  • Research & Inquiry
  • August 28, 2023
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Research & Inquiry

A Pickleball Pessimist

Professor Andrew Zimbalist is among those who are skeptical of pickleball's potential as a professio...

  • Research & Inquiry
  • August 22, 2023
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Sparking Interest in Science

Four summer research students in Assistant Professor Lesley-Ann Giddings lab offered science worksho...

  • Research & Inquiry
  • August 17, 2023
Prof. Lesley-Ann Giddings and students at summer camp