STEM at Smith
Nearly half of all degrees awarded to Smith College students are in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)–compared to 42% of women graduates nationally. At the heart of Smith’s learning is active engagement, coupling innovative teaching with real opportunities for in-depth research. Journey inside the human mind, along the edges of volcanic craters or out among the stars and galaxies. Engage in the blossoming fields of statistics, operations research, biomathematics and information science.
Why Study STEM at Smith?
Explore Programs in STEM
STEM Majors & Minors at Smith
An * indicates that the college offers a minor only (no major) in that particular course of study. A ** indicates a major only.
Concentrations give students a way to delve further into an area of interest by combining academic and practical experiences, such as research, internships and service learning.
Below are research labs that provided information for listing here:
Elisabeth Armstrong (SWG) | Transnational women’s movement with an emphasis on rural women
Shannon Audley (EDC) | Understanding how schools, teachers, and students reinforce justice and injustice
Carrie Baker (AMS/SWG) | Writing, researching, and editing projects for Ms. magazine.
David Bickar (CHM/NSC/BCH) | Protein structure, neurochemistry, Parkinson’s Disease
Joshua Birk (HST) | Project-focused approach to working with medieval material
Maleka Donaldson (EDC) | How teachers and students respond to mistakes in educational contexts
Dawn Fulton (FRN) | Antiracist activism in France with a focus on social media
Christophe Golé (MTH) | Plant math research: building models of phyllotaxis, collecting and analyzing plant data patterns, outreach
Andrew Guswa (EGR) | Hydrology, water, water resources, mathematical modeling
Virginia Hayssen (BIO/NSC) | Evolution of mammalian reproduction, pleiotropy, species descriptions
Leslie King (SOC) | Environmental sustainability in the corporate sector
Courtney Lannert (PHY) | Computational physics, condensed matter, quantum physics, atomic physics
Joyce Palmer-Fortune (PHY) | Thin films, electron microscopy, microstructure
Ileana Streinu (CSC/MTH) | CS Page | Lab Website | Computational geometry, algorithms, rigidity theory, kinematics and robotics with applications in computational biology (biomolecular/protein flexibility and motion), materials (metamaterials), and crystallography
Argyris Tsiaras (ECO) | Financial portfolio allocation, household finance, and economic inequality
Mariyana Zapryanova (ECO) | Economics of crime and the criminal justice system
Clark Science Center
Five buildings form a vibrant hub for STEM at Smith—Ford, Burton, Sabin-Reed, McConnell and Bass halls. They offer state-of-the-art equipment that meets exacting standards for modern experimentation.
STEM Advising & Mentoring
Generations of pioneering women have studied STEM at Smith and have gone on to rewarding careers in medicine, engineering, environmental consulting, public policy, applied research and more. A major in science, technology, engineering or mathematics at Smith opens doors to a variety of graduate school and career options. Smith faculty and advisers at the Lazarus Center for Career Development can provide guidance and resources to help you explore professional opportunities, whether you are poised to graduate or are just beginning your college experience.
The Nature of Inquiry: Student Research at Smith
Smith offers many unique research opportunities to undergraduates in most academic disciplines, from the sciences to the humanities and the arts. The ways in which students can conduct research, beginning even in their first year, varies from assisting faculty with their research endeavors to participating in the Summer Research Fellows Program to initiating their own projects of inquiry.