August 2012 Archways

Campus News

Commencement 2012

Commencement 2012

Photo by Paola Nogueras ’84

Hundreds of family members and friends gathered on Merion Green on Saturday, May 12, to celebrate Commencement 2012. The 308 undergraduates in the Class of 2012, as well as master’s and doctoral students, were graduated. While addressing the Class of 2012, Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe spoke of the bittersweet nature of the day.

“Part of me feels like I should be sitting there with you,” she told the class. “I arrived on this campus as its new president about six weeks before you did. I remember vividly the first time I met you as a class. You were sitting expectantly and a bit nervously with your parents in Thomas Great Hall.”

In her Commencement address, Mary Robinson, the first woman to serve as president of Ireland and former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, congratulated the graduates but also challenged them.

“The world needs people like you,” she said. “The challenges of the 21st century require innovative, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership. You who have been taught and mentored at Bryn Mawr are well equipped to provide that leadership.”

See a slideshow of Commencement 2012 in Pictures.

Major Award for BMC’s STEM Leadership

Bryn Mawr has received a $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to help the College build on its history of preparing young women to become leaders in science and medicine. The grant will fund a tenure-track position for a faculty member with expertise in genomics and bioinformatics, a computer facility to support computationally intensive teaching and research activities, and off-campus summer internships for undergraduates. The grant will also help to incorporate the essentials for medical school success into introductory courses in biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as intermediate courses in biochemistry.

International Studies Major Added

Bryn Mawr students interested in pursuing a career on the global stage can now major in international studies. Coursework encompasses political science, economics, and philosophy, along with a culture and interpretation class. Students will engage in inter- and multidisciplinary studies that will prepare them for careers in transnational institutions and in a range of fields—public policy, law, governance, public health, medicine, business, diplomacy, journalism, and development. The program also prepares students interested in pursuing graduate study in international politics/relations, international political economy/development, international law and institutions, and organizational theory and leadership.

New Engineering Master’s with UPenn

Bryn Mawr College has partnered with the University of Pennsylvania to create a new program that enables BMC students majoring in math and science to earn a master’s degree from Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science with only one additional year of study. Through the Four Plus One partnership, Bryn Mawr students with necessary backgrounds, majors, and a strong academic record may apply after their sophomore year to a master’s program at Penn.

By the Numbers: Student Awards

Seven students received Fulbright awards in 2011-2012, making Bryn Mawr a top producer of Fulbrights among liberal arts colleges (tied for sixth place with three other bachelor’s institutions). More than half of our applicants received awards, giving the College a higher success rate than any other school. But here at Bryn Mawr, we aren’t only about Fulbrights; here are some of the other national awards presented to Mawrters during the 2011–12 academic year for their outstanding work and dedication.

1: Council on Undergraduate Research Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research

7: Fulbrights

1: Gates Cambridge Scholarship

2: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

1: Rhodes Scholarship


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