STEM at Smith
Four in ten students at Smith major in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)—a rate at least double the national average for women. 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:
Michael Barresi (BIO/NSC) | Lab Website | Developmental biology, neurogenesis, neuron-glia interactions
Reid Bertone-Johnson (LSS) | Lab Website | Parks, bicycles, bikes, alternative transportation, pop-up, tactical urbanism, urban design, Northampton
David Bickar (CHM/NSC/BCH) | Protein structure, neurochemistry, Parkinson’s Disease
Leslie-Ann Giddings (CHM/BCH) | Lab Website | Natural products chemistry, biosynthesis, enzymology, metagenomics, extreme environments, bioactive secondary metabolites
Christophe Golé (MTH) | Plant math research: building models of phyllotaxis, collecting and analyzing plant data patterns, outreach
Alicia Grubb (CSC/SDS) | Personal Website | Requirements and software engineering, ethics, decision support
Andrew Guswa (EGR) | Hydrology, water, water resources, mathematical modeling
Mary Harrington (NSC/PSY) | Lab Website | Circadian rhythms, light
Virginia Hayssen (BIO/NSC) | Evolution of mammalian reproduction, pleiotropy, species descriptions
Nick Howe (CSC) | CS page | Research | Handwriting recognition, document analysis, computer vision, machine learning, digital humanities
Laura Katz (BIO) | Lab Website | Genome evolution and biodiversity of eukaryotic microbes, bioinformatics
Katherine Kinnaird (CSC/SDS) | Personal Website | Music information retrieval, machine learning, cultural analytics, data science education
Courtney Lannert (PHY) | Computational physics, condensed matter, quantum physics, atomic physics
Jack Loveless (GEO) | Lab Website | Earthquakes, plate tectonics, natural disasters
Lisa Mangiamele (BIO/NSC) | Lab Website | Animal behavior, physiology, evolution of the nervous system
Brianna McMillan (PSY) | Lab Website | Cognitive development, language learning, infancy
Sara Pruss (GEO) | Lab Website | Earth history, geobiology, ancient life and environments, paleontology
Joseph O'Rourke (CSC/MTH) | CS Page | Computational geometry, philosophy of artificial intelligence, primarily academic-year research
Joyce Palmer-Fortune (PHY) | Thin films, electron microscopy, microstructure
Stylianos Scordilis (BCH/BIO) | Molecular physiology of exercise, sexual dimorphism of skeletal muscle and myogenesis
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
Will Williams (PHY) | Lab Website | Atomic physics, spectroscopy, testing fundamental theories
Sarah Witkowski (ESS) | Lab Website | Cardiovascular disease risk, physical activity, menopause, female-identifying populations, race and ethnicity
Rachel Wright (BIO) | Lab Website | Genomics, adaptation, stress response, climate change, coral reef, anemones, symbiosis
Faculty who work with student researchers can fill in their lab information here or email Brianna McMillan. This list is not yet complete!
Graduate Study at Smith
Programs at the Five Colleges
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.
About the Clark Science Center
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.
Research Centers & Resources
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.
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Faculty Director: Kevin Shea
Administrative Director: Tom Richardson