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Applied Learning & Research

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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.

Sherrerd Teaching Award Recipients Announced

Three outstanding faculty members have been chosen for this year’s Sherrerd Teaching Awards: Carrie N. Baker, professor of the study of women and gender; James Lowenthal, Mary Elizabeth Moses Professor of Astronomy; and Denise McKahn, associate professor of engineering.

Jordan Taylor: Partisan Politics and Pandemics

What can history teach us about pandemics and politics? In a Washington Post article, Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor Jordan Taylor demonstrates how politics and public health mixed in 1793—with dangerous consequences. 

Real-World Science: Smith Will Host Fairs

On two Saturdays this spring, the campus will be filled with aspiring middle and high school scientists, as Smith for the first time hosts the Western Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fairs. Smith student volunteers have been busy designing activities aimed at making the fair a memorable experience for participants.

Interterm Immersive

During Interterm this year, students were offered a new sequence of design thinking and entrepreneurship courses aimed at giving them tools for finding creative solutions to complex problems.

Digging the Collections

The #DiggingTheCollections contest invited students to research a book, image, set of papers or another item of interest from Smith's remarkable Special Collections and post their findings on social media.