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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.

News from the Grécourt Gate

The Grécourt Gate showcases the ideas, the people behind the ideas and the original contributions Smith is making to larger intellectual dialogues through the culture of research and the liberal arts at the college, where a vibrant community of scholars and students exhibit a love of discovery. Here are some recent features.

Real-World Engineering: Smith’s Design Clinic

A team of students in Smith's Design Clinic designed a plastic rod-scoring device for Sanderson MacLeod twisted wire brush company in Palmer, Mass. that the company plans to use in its manufacturing.

Unleashing Creativity: Smith’s First Maker Faire

Smith’s inaugural Maker Faire drew upwards of 500 visitors for hands-on experiences with everything from drone flying to hydroponic gardening.

Announcing the 2019 Sherrerd Teaching Prizes

The three Smith faculty members chosen for this year’s Sherrerd Awards share what one nominator called a “contagious passion” for teaching and learning.

Prof. Kristen Dorsey: Origami and Engineering

Assistant Professor of Engineering Kristen Dorsey is using the art of origami paper folding to advance the science of mechanical design.

Prof. Whittier: Uniting Foes Through Shared Goals

Smith sociology professor Nancy Whittier talks about her ongoing research on social movements and social change, sexual violence and sexuality—all issues that have defined her scholarly studies for more than 30 years.