his page is a list of resources for documenting successes of the Science Center community as well as grant application boilerplate text. Please email any new information to the Director’s Office.
Other Campus Resources
- College Relations publish a document with pride points generally for Smith College. Some of them are also relevant for the Sciences. The contact person at College Relations for this is Eileen Dunn, Communications Editor, x2174
- Institutional Research generally fields all data requests. Either they will provide the data requested (especially if you give them sufficient lead time), or, at a minimum, refer you to somebody else that might be able to help. Your main contact at Institutional Research is Minh Ly, x3024
- Corporation and Foundation Relations support all pre-award grant processes. Please contact Marilyn Woodman, x2679
- March 11, 2010 Press Release: Smith College Leads Peers in Decade of NSF Funding
According to the data from the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), there were 619 doctorate recipients from U.S. colleges and universities from 1997 to 2006 who earned their baccalaureate from Smith. This ranks Smith College as 6th in the country among all baccalaureate institutions.
Between the years of 2000-2004, 54 Smith alumnae completed their doctorates in the Life Sciences (includes agricultural sciences/natural resources, biological/biomedical sciences, and health sciences). This ranks Smith College as 4th in the country among baccalaureate liberal arts institutions.
Between the years of 2000-2004, 43 Smith alumnae completed their doctorates in the Biological Sciences. This ranks Smith College as 3th in the country among baccalaureate liberal arts institutions.
Between the years of 1995-2004, 100 Smith alumnae completed their doctorates in the Life Sciences (includes agricultural sciences/natural resources, biological/biomedical sciences, and health sciences). This ranks Smith College as 4th in the country among baccalaureate liberal arts institutions.
Between the years of 1995-2004, 43 Smith alumnae completed their doctorates in the Biological Sciences. This ranks Smith College as 3th in the country among baccalaureate liberal arts institutions.
Between the years of 1975-2004, 287 Smith alumnae completed their doctorates in the Life Sciences (includes agricultural sciences/natural resources, biological/biomedical sciences, and health sciences). This ranks Smith College as 3th in the country among baccalaureate liberal arts institutions.
Between the years of 1975-2004, 255 Smith alumnae completed their doctorates in the Biological Sciences. This ranks Smith College as 2th in the country among baccalaureate liberal arts institutions.
Source: National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2006.
Curtesy of: Institutional Research, Minh Ly, July 10, 2009
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Excellence and Distinction Pride Points
- Sixty-seven percent of Smith alumnae pursue post-graduate education within five years of graduation. By their 10th reunion alumnae have attained the following degrees: master’s (46 percent), law (7 percent), doctoral (7 percent), medicine (3 percent), MBA (4 percent).
- Smith is a national leader among private colleges in graduating Hispanic students at the same rate as white students, according to the advocacy group Education Trust.
- Smith is a national leader among liberal arts colleges in the number of Fulbright Fellowships (14 in 2007) awarded to students and recent graduates. Further, our success rate (ratio of winners to applicants) is double the national average.
- Smith ranks first in the nation among U.S. baccalaureate institutions in the number of students studying abroad for a full year.
- Smith’s acceptance rate for the highly selective Teach for America program is more than twice the national average.
- Associate Professor of Engineering Glenn W. Ellis is a 2007 U.S. Professor of the Year, as recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. This highly competitive honor is the only national award for excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.
- Smith’s endowment, currently valued at $1.4 billion, ranks among the top 10 in the country for liberal arts colleges.
- The cost of educating a Smith student exceeds $55,000. The comprehensive fee (tuition, room, board and fees) for attending Smith in 2007–08 is $45,606. The difference is covered by endowment earnings and generous philanthropic support.
- With an enrollment of 2,800, Smith is the largest women’s college in the United States. Smith students come from 48 U.S. states and 72 other countries.
- The Ada Comstock Scholars Program currently enrolls 185 women between the ages of 23 and 67. Some 80 percent transfer to Smith from community colleges.
- The most popular majors at Smith are government, psychology, art, English, economics and biology.
Public Recognition Pride Points
- Newsweek magazine singled out Smith as the “Hottest Women’s College” in its 2008 college guide.
- Black Enterprise has ranked Smith at number 15 among the country’s “50 Top Colleges for African Americans.” The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education ranks Smith sixth out of 30 leading liberal arts colleges (ahead of Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke and Wellesley) in the percentage of African-Americans in the first-year class.
- Smith is consistently recognized as a national leader in creating access for low-income and first-generation students. Over the past several years, stories in BusinessWeek, The New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education and The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education have lauded Smith for attracting and graduating students from low-income families. Sixty percent of Smith students receive need-based grant aid, a rate significantly higher than Smith’s peers.
Selectivity Pride Points
- Smith has received the largest number of applications in its history (3,771), for admission to the Class of 2012.
- More Smith students than ever before (75 percent) are ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
Pride of Place
- Northampton, Massachusetts, Smith’s hometown, is an award-winning and vibrant small city. Recent accolades: “Number One Best Small Arts Town in America”; “Best Places to Live: Big Small Towns” (Boston magazine); “Great Places in America” (American Planning Association); “Top 25 Arts Destinations” (American Style magazine); “Top 100 Places to Live” (CNN/Money magazine).
- Smith’s distinctive housing system continues to earn accolades. The Princeton Review again declared Smith number one in the category “Dorms Like Palaces.” Smith students have access to 15 dining rooms, far greater than the number at peer colleges.
- A 1.4 million-item library system, a renowned museum of art and a world-famous botanic garden are some of the Smith resources that rival those of leading universities.
Changing the Face of Science and Engineering
- Thirty percent of Smith students major in the sciences.
In the past 10 years, Smith has won more National Science Foundation funding for research—in excess of $14 million—than any other liberal arts college in the nation.
- Smith’s pioneering Picker Engineering Program, the first (and only accredited) engineering program at a U.S. women’s college, continues to garner national and international visibility since its founding in 1999. More than 125 Smith-educated engineers are working and studying in a broad array of engineering disciplines, including bioengineering, green design, electrical, civil, materials and aerospace engineering, as well as law and medicine.
- Smith’s newest building is Ford Hall, a teaching and research facility for the Picker Engineering Program, computer science, chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology. A $73 million, LEED Gold certified state-of-the-art building, it is the largest and most sophisticated facility built exclusively for women science and engineering students.
- Throughout the college’s history, Smith alumnae have included a number of science and engineering pioneers, among them one of the first two African-American women to receive a doctorate in mathematics (Evelyn Boyd Granville ’45), the first female physician in Kenya (Ng’endo Mwangi ’61), the first woman to graduate summa cum laude from Harvard Medical School (Victoria Chan-Palay ’65) and the youngest female surgeon to head a breast care center in the Boston area (Carolyn Scerbo Kaelin ’83).
- Sixty-six percent of Smith alumnae pursue advanced degrees within five years of graduation. By their 10th reunion alumnae have attained the following degrees: master’s (40 percent), law (9 percent), doctoral (8 percent), medicine (6 percent), MBA (5 percent).
- Smith is well known for its accomplished graduates. The college has more than 47,000 alumnae living and working around the world. Notable alumnae (some deceased) include cookbook author and television personality Julia Child ’34, author and feminist leader Betty Friedan ’42, former first lady Nancy Davis Reagan ’43, former first lady Barbara Pierce Bush ’47, poet and author Sylvia Plath ’55, Ms. magazine founding editor and feminist leader Gloria Steinem ’56, U.S. Congresswoman Jane Lakes Harman ’66, columnist and author Molly Ivins ’66, Ogilvy & Mather CEO Shelly Lazarus ’68, U.S. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas ’68, United States Ambassador to Hungary April Foley ’69, Pulitzer Prize–winning dramatist Margaret Edson ’83, U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin ’84, and author and MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant recipient Adrian Nicole LeBlanc ’86.
‘Alternative’ Pride Points
- Best looking faculty of any liberal arts college in Hampshire County
- Most enthusiastic motley crew lawn volley-ball game all summer
- Our genetically enhanced mice regularly complete half-marathons in less than 35 minutes
- A Smith astronomy student was the first to spot the new putt-putt golf course on Mars (key objective of the Mars Rover mission)
- The Smith Geology Department has bigger rocks than those other guys across the river
- … anything missing from this list?
(In case you wonder, this is really an easter egg.)