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Ahlenne Abreu ’22: Goldwater Scholar

Ahlenne Abreu ’22 was recently awarded a prestigious Goldwater scholarship for her work in biochemistry. Here, she reflects on her path to STEM fields and her hopes for the future.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • May 17, 2021
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A Brief Guide to Commencement 2021

Commencement Weekend will look a little bit different this year, offering a combination of on-campus events for graduating students only, and virtual events for families, friends and community members, as well as seniors who cannot attend in person.

  • News of Note
  • May 17, 2021
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Marva Tariq ’21: A Calling In Chemistry

After finding her calling in the chemistry lab in her first year at Smith, Marva Tariq ’21 has been recognized for excellence in her field—including the award of a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship to support her studies at the California Institute of Technology in the fall.

  • Campus Life
  • May 11, 2021
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Caleigh Johnson ’21: Scholarship, Sports and Service

As she prepares for her future as a financial analyst with Dell Technologies, Caleigh Johnson ’21 reflects on four years filled with academics, athletics and community service.

  • Campus Life
  • May 7, 2021
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Smith College’s New Neilson Library

Architectural designer Maya Lin’s re-imagined Neilson Library is an innovative, contemporary structure that presents a compelling vision for the modern library while respecting the building’s historic significance.

  • New Neilson
  • May 6, 2021
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Maya Lin: Artist’s Statement

Architectural designer Maya Lin reflects on the new Neilson Library.

  • New Neilson
  • May 6, 2021
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Prof. Jamie Macbeth: The Potential of AI

Jamie Macbeth, assistant professor of computer science, is studying how artificial intelligence can be used to improve decision-making.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • May 4, 2021
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May 2021 People News

Research grants, teaching awards, literary prizes and diplomatic appointments are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alums. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • Campus Life
  • May 4, 2021
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Rosie Poku ’22: Building a ‘House of Research’

Rosie Poku ’22, a Smith Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, views scholarly research as a chance to “fill in gaps” in the fields of comparative literature and Africana studies. Here, Poku shares her experience presenting a paper on Black literary movements at a recent national conference.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • April 27, 2021
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‘Activism in Practice’: Yanna Lambrinidou ’89

Yanna Lambrinidou ’89—this year’s Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith—believes that activism, teaching, and learning are related endeavors that one cannot, and should not, accomplish alone.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • April 26, 2021
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Smith Will Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for Students

Smith College has announced that all undergraduate and graduate students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to returning to campus for the fall 2021 semester.

  • News of Note
  • April 21, 2021
College Hall in spring

Jennifer Ho: ‘Fighting Anti-Asian Racism’

Jennifer Ho—professor of ethnic studies and director of the Center for the Humanities and the Arts at the University of Colorado Boulder—will deliver a Presidential Colloquium on fighting anti-Asian racism at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 5.

  • Events
  • April 20, 2021
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Carmen Yulín Cruz: ‘Leadership for a New Democracy’

Carmen Yulín Cruz—the former mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, who came to national prominence in 2017 as an outspoken advocate for federal support to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria—will deliver a Presidential Colloquium on “Leadership for a New Democracy” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 28. 

  • Events
  • April 19, 2021
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Connection and Inspiration: Students React to the New Neilson

When Karly Toledo ’21 got her first look inside the new Neilson Library it immediately inspired lofty thoughts. “The design just elevates your thinking,” she says. Here’s what else Toledo and other Smith students had to say about the new library, which opened March 29 after four years of design and construction.

  • New Neilson
  • April 16, 2021
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Smith Names Joanna May VP for Enrollment

Smith College President Kathleen McCartney has appointed Joanna May, associate dean and director of undergraduate admissions at Columbia University, as the college’s vice president for enrollment. Her appointment is effective July 15.

  • News of Note
  • April 15, 2021
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Lisa Howie Is Named Chief Investment Officer

Smith College President Kathleen McCartney today announced the appointment of Lisa Howie as the college’s first chief investment officer, a key step in bringing management of the college’s endowment in-house.

  • News of Note
  • April 12, 2021
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Smith Plans In-Person Fall Semester

Smith College today announced plans to invite all students to campus in the fall. Classes will be taught in person, student housing will return to traditional capacity, and staff will follow in-person work schedules.

  • News of Note
  • April 9, 2021
College hall in spring

Smith Announces Commencement Plans

Smith College has announced that all graduating students will be invited to campus for an in-person commencement ceremony Sunday, May 30. Families and friends will be invited to join the celebration online.

  • News of Note
  • April 8, 2021
Detail shot of the top of the Grecourt Gates with spring flowers

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