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Meet Audrey Cho ’24: Smith’s Udall Scholar

Audrey Cho ’24 is one of 55 college students selected nationally this year from more than 380 applicants for a prestigious Udall Undergraduate Scholarship.

  • Sustainability
  • June 23, 2022
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People News, May 2022

Teaching awards, cutting-edge research and national service are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alums. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • News of Note
  • May 27, 2022
Swimming goose parents and babies in front of a bridge

College Bids Farewell to Retiring Faculty

At a celebration on campus May 12, nine retiring faculty members were honored for a combined 341 years of service to Smith.

  • News of Note
  • May 17, 2022
Yellow flowers alongside the Lyman Conservatory with Chapin Hall in the background

‘Change is Possible’

Speaking at Smith’s 144th Commencement on May 15, author and education leader Beverly Daniel Tatum told graduates that ‘change is possible,’ despite challenging times. The college awarded degrees to 598 undergraduates and 51 graduate students.

  • Events
  • May 15, 2022
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Liam Knight AC ’23J and Vivien Qiao ’23: Goldwater Scholars

Liam Knight AC ’23J and Vivien Qiao ’23 are Smith’s latest winners of the prestigious Goldwater scholarship, which highlights students in STEM fields.

  • News of Note
  • May 10, 2022
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Congratulations, Seniors! Commencement is May 15

Some 651 members of the class of 2022 will receive their degrees at Commencement on Sunday, May 15. The ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. in the Quadrangle, is the first fully in-person graduation since the start of the pandemic.

  • Events
  • May 4, 2022
student in a hijab with her family at commencement

Finding New Evidence of Early Animal Life

Professor Sara Pruss and Lexie Leeser ’21 have made a discovery that could change prevailing wisdom about early animal life on Earth. In a paper just published in Science Advances, they present fossil evidence that suggests colonial animals known as bryozoans appeared approximately 30 million years earlier than previously reported.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • May 3, 2022
Portrait of Sara Pruss

‘Modeling What Carbon Neutrality Really Means’

Smith is acting in the face of the climate crisis. In mid-May, the college will break ground on a bold new infrastructure project—one that will allow Smith to realize its pledge of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

  • Sustainability
  • May 2, 2022
aerial view of Smith College

Smith to Break Ground on Project That Will Enable College to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2030

Smith College will break ground in May on a bold geothermal campus energy project that will lower the college’s carbon emissions by 90 percent, allowing Smith to become carbon neutral by 2030.

  • News of Note
  • May 2, 2022
aerial view of Smith College

Smith’s Geothermal Energy Project: Frequently Asked Questions

In summer 2022, Smith will begin work on a bold geothermal campus energy project that will lower the college’s carbon emissions by 90 percent, allowing the college to become carbon neutral by 2030. Learn more about the project in this FAQ.

  • News of Note
  • May 2, 2022
aerial view of Smith College

People News, April 2022

Entrepreneurship awards, performances at Carnegie Hall and diplomatic appointments are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, staff, faculty and alums. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • News of Note
  • April 28, 2022
A student on a laptop under a tree

Erin Oppel ’22: Giving Credit

Erin Oppel ’22 has taken advantage of every opportunity that Smith offered. As she looks back on her college experience, she says the support of her professors has prepared her for what comes next.

  • Campus Life
  • April 20, 2022
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Sara Halili ’22: Driven to Make a Difference

Biochemistry major Sara Halili ’22 says her experience as an international student has helped drive her interest in studying and combating global infectious diseases.

  • Campus Life
  • April 13, 2022
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‘Stories of Real People’: ‘Fun Home’ in the Archives

While working on the upcoming Smith production of “Fun Home”—a musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel—cast and crew members experienced a bit of behind-the-scenes magic: A trip to Special Collections in Neilson Library, where Bechdel’s papers are housed.

  • Smith Arts
  • April 13, 2022
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Sherrerd Teaching Award Recipients Announced

The three faculty members selected for this year’s Sherrerd Teaching Awards bring compassion, commitment and a sense of community to their classrooms, say their student nominators.

  • News of Note
  • April 11, 2022
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Helen Danielson ’22: Prioritizing Your Passions

Helen Danielson ’22—a double major in engineering and dance—reflects on her time at Smith, which she says is defined by research, collaboration and community.

  • Campus Life
  • April 8, 2022
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Charlie Diaz ’22: ‘Speaking Up for Everyone Around Me’

As one of the first recipients of a Smith Alliance for Justice and Equity Fellowship, Charlie Diaz ’22 has learned more about what it means to be a changemaker—both on campus and in the broader community.

  • Campus Life
  • April 8, 2022
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The Word Is ‘Love’

Visionary filmmaker Garrett Bradley ’07 is using her art to expose the injustices of the world and inspire a path to healing and universal connection.

  • Alumnae News
  • April 6, 2022
Black and white photo: Garret Bradley looking at the camera through a gauzy film

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