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Bryn Mawr Welcomes the Class of 2019

Posted August 27, 2015
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Mild temperatures and sunny skies made for a perfect move-in day for Bryn Mawr College’s class of 2019. PHOTO GALLERY The 389 member undergraduate class is the largest to ever enroll at Bryn Mawr. Thirty six states, Washington, D.C, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 36 foreign countries including Albania, Brazil, China, Cuba, France, […]

Tirsa Delate ’16 Works With PACT for Animals Through Service Program

Posted August 12, 2015
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Feb. 15, 2016 Update: Read about PACT for Animals in this Philadelphia Inquirer article. After nine months apart, Maya, a shepherd mix, sprints across the grass to greet her owners, who have just returned from an Army deployment. Maya’s tail wags frantically as her owners pet and hug her to say hello. This joyful reunion […]

Physics Major’s Summer Internships Focus on Environmental Activism

Posted August 3, 2015
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She dreams of teaching physics—a subject she loves for its power “to describe the world around us.” But Carol Bowe ’17 has more on her mind than e = mc2. As a high school student, she was deeply engaged with environmental education activities, and as a future high school teacher, she is adamant about continuing […]

College Access Partnership Between Bryn Mawr and Latino Community Organization Continues to Grow

Posted July 28, 2015
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Ana Cordova ’13 knows how lucky she was to be recruited in high school to participate in Bright Prospect, a program that helps high-achieving students from low-income families attend college. “Bright Prospect believed I was capable of not only attending but also graduating from a four-year institution. I would have never heard of Bryn Mawr […]

If a Tree Falls in the Forest, Do Ants Care?

Posted July 21, 2015
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“Ants work hard,” explains Tess McCabe ‘16. “In fact, a single leafcutter colony can consume more than the average cow.” During her summer internship at Harvard Forest and Black Rock Forest, McCabe got a close-up look at just how hard members of the Formicidae family have to work these days just to survive. “Our forests […]

Recent Bryn Mawr Alumna and Current Student Among Faces of the NAACP’s Future

Posted July 13, 2015
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Among those featured in the Philadelphia Daily News article “The Faces of the NAACP’s Future” are Lauren Footman ’14 and Danielle Roomes ’17. While a student, Footman formed Bryn Mawr’s chapter of the NAACP and she is now the president of the NAACP’s Pennsylvania State Youth and College Division. Roomes is the chapter’s current president. […]

Students Present at American Chemical Society Conference

Posted June 30, 2015
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Bryn Mawr Students Shengjia Zhu ’16 and Alexandra Nagelski ’17 recently attended the 2015 Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Ithaca, New York, where they presented a poster presentation titled: “Molybdenum Pyranopterin Dithiolene Complexes: Modeling the Molybdenum Cofactor.” The students conduct their research in the lab of Chemistry Professor Sharon J. Nieter […]

Empowering Learners

Posted June 15, 2015
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They reach for the sky, bend to the floor, and balance on one foot. While the poses change, one constant remains, the look of joy on the faces of the children taking part in yoga exercises as part of Puentes Hacia El Futuro, the after-school tutoring and mentorship program run by the organization Puentes De […]

Class of 2017 Mellon Mays Fellows

Posted June 9, 2015
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Bryn Mawr’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program has announced the Class of 2017 Mellon Mays Fellows: Paola Bernal of Houston, Texas. Paola is a Sociology major. Sofi Chavez of Seattle, Wash. Sofi is an English major. Crystal Des-Ogugua of Lewisburg, Pa. Crystal is a sociology major with a concentration in African-American studies. Kiran Pizarro […]

Traveling the World as Watson Fellow to Study the Lives of Women Artists

Posted May 28, 2015
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Growing up in South Africa, Camilla Dely ’15 never thought much about theater as a field within which she might one day build an academic, personal, or professional life. “In South Africa the arts are poorly supported by both the public and the government, and it was only when I came to the United States […]

Rebekah Adams ’15 Returns to Africa on Boren Scholarship

Posted May 28, 2015
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As a 16-year-old living with her family in Kampala, Uganda, Rebekah Adams’15  saw firsthand how ethnic affiliations can be manipulated to maintain and stoke social divisions. The family lived near the Kasubi Tombs, the burial ground of the four kings of Buganda and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was engulfed in flames one night […]

A Love of Russian Literature Leads Mikayla Holland ’15 to a National Security Fellowship

Posted May 28, 2015
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Mikayla Holland ’15 has been awarded a Boren Scholarship to study the Russian language at the Flagship Language Program at Al-Farabi National Kazakh University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. “While my primary area of interest is Russia, I value the opportunity to study in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in the coming year,” says Mikayla. “Central Asia is a fascinating […]

Katia Vlasova ’15 Studies Mind & Body Relationship With Watson Fellowship

Posted May 26, 2015
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From an early age, Ekaterina (Katia) Vlasova ’15 found comfort in silence. “From childhood, my fondest memories were of spending summers in the countryside of St. Petersburg, immersed in a serene Russian forest in the summertime,” says Katia. “Tagging alongside my mother, I would venture into the seemingly endless space of silence and stillness, amidst […]

Set to Make Their Mark on the World, Class of 2015 Receives Degrees on Saturday, May 16

Posted May 14, 2015
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The more than 300 undergraduate members of the Class of 2015 and the graduating members of Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research will receive their degrees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. Convocation is scheduled for Friday, May 15. Billy Collins, former Poet […]

New Video Showcases The Extreme Keys

Posted May 8, 2015

Ain’t no party like a Keys’ party! Check out this video capturing the camaraderie of the 2015 Extreme Keys. The group came together in 1981 to sing and have a good time (not necessarily in that order). The Extreme Keys proudly hold the title of the oldest female a cappella group in the Haverford/Bryn Mawr […]

May Day Scheduled for May 3

Posted April 27, 2015
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As finals week approaches and Bryn Mawr students bear down on exams and papers, the College’s traditional May Day celebration urges emergence from the library stacks and the lifting of noses from grindstones with a daylong moratorium on academic activity. For several years, Bryn Mawr’s May Day celebration has been held on the Sunday following […]

Hepburn’s Closet Celebrates The Diverse Fashions of the Tri-Co

Posted April 23, 2015
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For many college students, an extra 30 minutes of sleep or a quick dining hall pit stop on the way to class trumps putting together a fashionable outfit in the morning. But a brisk walk across Bryn Mawr’s campus will show you that Mawrters like to wear their individuality on their sleeve, and Hepburn’s Closet […]

Larissa de Paula ’18 Attends Session of U.N. Commission on the Status of Women

Posted April 21, 2015
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Though only a first-year student, Larissa de Paula ’18 of Brazil is so convinced of the transformative power of women’s colleges she has created the first blog in Portuguese talking specifically about all-women’s colleges in the U.S. And last month Larissa took her pro-women’s college message to the United Nations headquarters in New York as […]

“Black at Bryn Mawr” Walking Tours and Discussion

Posted April 16, 2015

For their Praxis III independent study project this year, Emma Kioko ’15 and Grace Pusey ’15 have created a project that brings to light the history and experiences of Black students, staff, and faculty at Bryn Mawr College since its founding. Titled “Black at Bryn Mawr,” the project has several components—a digital historical record in […]

Faculty and Students Travel to Belize to Study Tropical Environments

Posted April 9, 2015
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The 12 students enrolled in this year’s Coasts in Transition 360° joined Bryn Mawr faculty members Thomas Mozdzer (Biology), Maja Šešelj (Anthropology), and Don Barber (Geology) on a spring break trip to Belize where they examined tropical environments and conducted marine ecology research. While in Belize, the group was immersed in two distinct tropical ecosystems […]

College to Take Over Management of Book Store

Posted April 3, 2015

The College will once again manage its own bookstore beginning in May 2015, right after graduation. “An independent store will provide better service to meet the academic program needs of the community and offer merchandise more attractive to all of its customers,” says Chief Administrative Officer Jerry Berenson. The Bryn Mawr College Bookstore has been […]

Exterior Nearly Complete, New Residence Hall on Schedule for Fall Opening

Posted April 3, 2015
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When we last posted an update on the new residence hall being built on the corner of N. Merion Ave. and Yarrow Street, Haffner Hall had just been taken down and the wood framing for the new structure was just being erected. Now, the new building is completely enclosed, including the roof. The brick siding […]

Two Bryn Mawr Seniors Receive Watson Fellowships

Posted March 20, 2015

Bryn Mawr Class of 2015 members Camilla Dely and Ekaterina Vlasova are among this year’s recipients of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. Fellows conceive original projects, execute them outside of the United States for one year and embrace the ensuing journey. The program produces a year of personal insight, perspective and confidence that shapes the […]

Emma Kioko ’15 Combines English and Africana Studies in Charting Her Academic Future

Posted March 19, 2015
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When Emma Kioko ’15 came to Bryn Mawr, if asked she’d tell people she was pre-med. With highly successful parents – both work in Manhattan, her father in risk management and her mother as a lawyer – the prestige and certainty of the phrase “I’m pre-med” just seemed like a natural, she says. But as […]

Piper Martz ’16 Goes from Doing Research in Bolivia to Representing the U.S. at the World Expo in Milan, Italy

Posted March 10, 2015
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Quinoa is a high-protein, gluten-free grain-like food which just a few years ago was relatively unknown outside of old-school health-food stores and the regions of South America where it’s harvested. But now quinoa can be found everywhere from the fanciest restaurants to family picnics. While many have come to enjoy quinoa’s distinctive nutty taste, chances […]

Plans for New Perry House Shaping Up, Committee to Take Last Look at Old Perry

Posted February 27, 2015
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With just about six months left until it opens, plans for the new Perry House are rapidly becoming more concrete. Earlier this week, Perry House Committee member Khadijah Seay ’16 posted the first update to the “Project Perry” blog, detailing information from the on-campus information session that was held last month. Next week, Seay and […]

With a Dress, Kyra Neiman ’17 Stitches Together Lessons from Linguistics 101

Posted February 18, 2015
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For most of the students in Brook Lillehaugen’s Introduction to Linguistics class, the final project meant a term paper. But when the professor offered the option of a creative project in lieu of an essay, Kyra Neiman ’17 picked up her needle and thread. As Lillehaugen—an assistant professor teaching in the Tri-Co linguistics program—explains, her […]

Children’s Book by Wendy Chen ’14 Grows out of Education Class

Posted February 12, 2015
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The Book of Growing, written by Wendy Chen ’14, illustrated by Jocelyn Tsaih, and edited by Rebecca Lee ’16, grew out of a curriculum created by Bryn Mawr students working in partnership with a class at the Phebe Anna Thorne School. As part of Alice Lesnick’s Education, Technology, and Society class, the students developed a […]

SAS Culture Show: A Night to Celebrate South Asian Culture

Posted February 12, 2015
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Last weekend Bryn Mawr Colleges’ South Asian Students (SAS) club had their annual culture show. It was a night full of singing, dancing, spoken word, and a fashion show that celebrated the South Asian culture and diaspora. The theme was “Pehchaan,” a word that loosely translates to “identity” in several South Asian languages. There was […]

A Letter from Bryn Mawr Board Chair Arlene Gibson

Posted February 9, 2015

February 9, 2015 To All Members of the Bryn Mawr Community: During its meetings this past weekend, the College’s Board of Trustees discussed and approved a recommendation from a Board working group that was created at the September 2014 Board meeting to examine the mission of the College with respect to transgender, non-binary, and gender […]

Bryn Mawr’s Graduate Students Serve as Valuable Mentors

Posted February 5, 2015
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Bryn Mawr’s liberal arts focus and small classes create the perfect environment for mentorship to flourish. In one chemistry lab, Ben Williams, Ph.D. ’15 has been like “the older brother” who shows undergraduate researchers the ropes. By Kathy Boccella About five years ago, Meredith Skiba ’12 arrived on the Bryn Mawr campus as a transfer […]

Nontombi Naomi Tutu to Give Black History Month Keynote Address on Feb. 5

Posted January 29, 2015
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Nontombi Naomi Tutu will give Bryn Mawr College’s annual Black History Month keynote address on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Thomas Great Hall. This event is free and open to the public. The challenges of growing up black and female in apartheid South Africa have been the foundation of Nontombi Naomi Tutu’s life […]

Bryn Mawr College Celebrates MLK Day

Posted January 12, 2015
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As part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, The Civic Engagement Office is providing transportation for students to help with local service projects, holding a  toiletry drive for an emergency center, and reimbursing travel expense for students who want to take part in a Philadelphia march for “Justice, Jobs, and Education.” Once […]

Bryn Mawr Student-Led Demonstration Makes Headlines

Posted December 11, 2014

Bryn Mawr students organized a demonstration on December 8 in protest of the grand jury decisions not to pursue charges in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The demonstration was meant to bring attention to the inequities that are embedded in our judicial and other systems and was covered by nearly every broadcast […]

Winners of Project Dorm Room Announced

Posted December 10, 2014
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Whether their look is Art Nouveau or Chic on a Student Budget, the participants in this year’s Project Dorm Room contest have all channeled their inner Martha Stewart to put their personal stamp on their rooms. The annual room design contest, now in its seventh year, begins with first-round voting by the student body, with […]

Bryn Mawr Students Tackle Heavy Subject: Weightlifting

Posted December 10, 2014
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Bryn Mawr is a place where women grow stronger in their academic abilities and strengthen their knowledge both of a field of study and of the world. But for Monica Nelson ’14 and Bryce Lewis ’16, Bryn Mawr has also been a place where they’ve been able to experience a more tangible growth and strengthening […]

Maya Yu Zhang’s Exploration of Concepts of Beauty and More Screened at Film Festivals

Posted November 13, 2014
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When Maya Yu Zhang ’15 was a young girl, her mother paid a man who ran an unlicensed mole removal shop to remove a mole on the back of her neck. Now about to turn 23, she still remembers the pain of the experience. That memory lies at the heart of Maya’s short film Marked, […]

Author Elizabeth Kolbert Visits Campus as Part of The Emily Balch Speaker Series

Posted November 13, 2014
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Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, visited campus on Monday, Nov. 10 for a special talk and book signing especially for members of the Class of 2018. Kolbert came to campus as part of the The Emily Balch Speaker Series. Linked to the Emily Balch Seminars, past speakers have included Alison […]

Students and Parents Reflect on Lives Together in StoryCorps Conversations

Posted November 4, 2014
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Back in September during move-in days, StoryCorps came to campus and recorded a number of first-year students and parents as they reflected on their lives together upon reaching the milestone of going off to college. In the weeks ahead we plan to highlight a few of these conversations through brief excerpts of the full-length recordings. […]

From the Medieval to the Modern: Shannon Steiner M.A. ’13 explores Bryn Mawr’s Levine Collection

Posted October 29, 2014
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A doctoral candidate in the history of art, Shannon Steiner M.A. ’13 is a Medievalist, specializing in the Byzantine era. Her master’s theses—she holds two, one from the University of Texas and one from Bryn Mawr—focused, respectively, on Byzantine pilgrimage tokens from Syria and on the glass fragments affixed to burial sites in the Roman […]

Photos of Lantern Night 2014

Posted October 29, 2014
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Since 1906, first- and second-year students have gathered in the Thomas Hall Cloister every fall for Lantern Night. This hallowed tradition signifies the passing of the light of knowledge from one class to another. For more photos from this year’s Lantern Night, visit this online gallery.

Spotlight on Bryn Mawr Students

Posted October 23, 2014
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When we updated Bryn Mawr’s website this summer, one of the features we updated were the “Spotlights” that appear on many pages throughout the site. Spotlights may focus of current students, faculty, alumnae, or a topic like the Pensby Center or the Emily Balch Seminar. For those who haven’t already clicked on them, we’ve decided […]

Physics’ Xuemei May Cheng’s Research Group Studies Spintronics

Posted October 13, 2014
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This summer, Class of 2017 members Leqi Liu, Alena Klindziuk, Yilun Tang, and graduate student Xiao Wang went to the Advanced Photon Source of  the Argonne National Laboratory outside of Chicago, a massive facility that generates the brightest hard X-ray beam in the Western Hemisphere, to study the magnetic properties of platinum-magnetic insulator bilayer thin […]

Students Present Research Findings at Poster Session

Posted September 11, 2014

Research findings from 45 Bryn Mawr students who took part in the College’s Summer Science Research Program will be on display in Thomas Great Hall from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. this Friday for the program’s annual poster session. Since 1989, the Summer Science Research Program has provided students with 10-week research stipends to conduct independent research […]

2014-15 Academic Year Begins with Convocation

Posted September 4, 2014

The 2014-15 academic year officially began Tuesday with the first day of classes and the fall Convocation ceremony. Interim Provost Mary Osirim opened up the ceremony and was followed by Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Dean Darlyne Bailey. Professor of Mathematics Helen Grundman addressed the gathered students on behalf of the faculty […]

Tri-Co Institute Brings Students Together Around Social Justice Issues

Posted August 28, 2014
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Throughout their histories, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore colleges have always attracted students interested in social justice. Over the years, the umbrella of social justice concerns has grown and branched out to include issues related to race, class, sexuality, gender, religion, and more. Incoming students from the Class of 2018 particularly interested in these topics […]

Manahil Siddiqi ’15 Featured in Huffington Post Blog

Posted August 7, 2014

Manahil Siddiqi ’15 is among the students participating in a summer internship featured in this blog post by Huffington Post blogger Diane Propsner. From the blog: Manahil Siddiqi is the community health intern for Bradford Trident, a UK-based organization committed to promoting the well-being of citizens experiencing inequalities and deprivation in the city of Bradford. […]

Class of 2016 Mellon Mays Fellows

Posted July 17, 2014
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Celebrating its 25th year, the MMUF program identifies and supports students of great promise with the goal of helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction who go on to transform the academy. The new fellows above will join those from the class of 2015, who are beginning their second year with the program.

New Program Allows Students to Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Posted July 17, 2014
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From gene research to the creation of new pharmaceuticals, biochemistry and molecular biology have revolutionized the way scientists view the natural world. Beginning this fall, Bryn Mawr students will have the ability to more easily study these fields thanks to the creation of a biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) major. An interdepartmental major between the […]

Follow Bryn Mawr Students and Professor Alice Lesnick in Ghana

Posted July 10, 2014
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Bryn Mawr students Alizeh Amer ‘16, Rebekah Adams ’15, and Ariana Hall ’17 are now more than half-way through their Dalun Community Fellowships in Ghana. Haverford Students Kathleen Tsai ’16 and Brandon Alston ’14 are also participating in the fellowship program, which is administered by Haverford’s Center for Peace and Global Citizenship. The students were […]

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