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As a theoretical physics student, Swagata Datta ’23 walks a path that few venture at Bennington. After completing his second undergraduate research project, Datta reflected upon his Bennington education and Field Work Term experiences, which informed his research interests and plan for continued education. 

By Halley Le '25

How can women and underrepresented minorities in the technology industry better support each other? Bennington College is starting a chapter of Women in Data Science (WiDS), a student-led initiative aimed to support college students through the creation of dialogues, opportunities, and shared resources.

By Halley Le '25

William Huntley ’23 shares his journey researching leaf morphology at Harvard, his passion for molecular and plant biology, and how his Bennington education helped shape his vision for higher education.

By Halley Le '25

Newly appointed Computer Science faculty member Meltem Ballan shares how her background as a General Motors executive influences her perspective as a teacher and how she plans to support Bennington students in data science.

By Halley Le '25

How does the fat distribution and aging process in fruit flies illuminate how the human body functions? Tom Evans ’24 dove into this question at a pathology research lab in the University of Washington (UW) during the Summer 2022 Field Work Term (FWT).

By Halley Le '25

How can parents of infants notice the early markers for autism? Can early identification lead to better care down the road? 

By Halley Le '25

Dr. Jennifer H. Mieres '82, MD, senior vice president of Northwell Health's Center for Equity of Care and chief diversity and inclusion officer, has been named the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2022 Physician of the Year

Research Professor of Oceanography at Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Dr. Kara Lavender Law will speak on “A Global Look at Plastic in the Ocean.” 

Julisa Juarez ’22 discusses her National Science Foundation Fellowship, which will enable her to go to the University of Washington to pursue her PhD in Chemistry.

By Mary Brothers '22

Why wait until graduate school to find your scientific niche? At Bennington, science students don’t just tag along with their professors’ research interests—they craft research questions themselves.

Carlos Mendez-Dorantes ’15, now a research fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, has received several awards for his postdoctoral research into the investigation of LINE-1 biology in cancer research.

This summer, 186 Bennington students completed their annual Field Work Term, working either in-person or remotely on a variety of internships, independent study projects, professional trainings, and more.

Cardiologist, author, documentarian, and patient advocate Dr. Jennifer H. Mieres ’82 is the 2020 recipient of Bennington College’s Elizabeth Coleman Visionary Leadership Award.

During COVID-19, Bennington College’s Office of Career Development and Field Work Term has worked alongside students to support their internship and career goals by offering increased flexibility, expanded work options, and staff support, even amid a global pandemic and economic recession.

During Field Work Term, Stanzin Angmo ’20, Ren Barnes ’22, Ekaterina Burtseva ’20, Elene Charkviani ’22, DaEun Jung ’21, and Ulysses Lin ’20 participated in the inaugural Population Health Fellowship. This fully-paid, health-related internship opportunity was jointly offered by Bennington College and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC).

Ella Simon '22 is currently studying human impacts on the ocean's environment by participating in the Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester program, which has set sail for a six-week voyage from Auckland to Christchurch, New Zealand.

In October 2019, the National Gallery of Art became the first American art museum to invite six teams of data scientists and art historians to analyze, contextualize, and visualize its permanent collection data, an effort that culminated in “Coding Our Collection,” a two-day Datathon.

Benyamin Mohammadzadeh '20 studies Business and Mathematics at Bennington College. A lifelong soccer fan, Mohammadzadeh spent a Field Work Term with FIFCO, the International Corporate Football Federation, where he helped organize the 2019 World Cup in Monaco and secured participation from the Iranian corporate football federation.

After Zalkar Ziiaidin ’22 graduates, he plans on becoming a full-time software engineer. However, as Ziiaidin pursues his studies at Bennington College, he’s not waiting to make his mark on the ever-evolving world of computer science.

As a college student, getting to an 8:00 am class on a Friday morning can be difficult. For Mareme Dieng ’20, however, balancing self-care and commitments to make it to class is all the more a victory on days when she’s arriving to Bennington from Tunisia. Or San Francisco. Or Turkey. Or Barcelona. 

At the start of Fall term, Bennington College students celebrated with Student Works, an annual showcase of projects done across disciplines—from poetry and play readings, to musical performances, genetics research, oral histories, and more.

This winter, Bennington College and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) will offer six students fully-paid, health-related internship opportunities as part of the inaugural Population Health Fellowship. Population health transforms the healthcare model— in thinking about healthcare from seeing patients only when they are sick, to partnering with people to address their social, environmental, and economic issues before they become sick. 

Activist Sophie Nevin '18 helped organize the town of Bennington's first annual Pride celebration.

Similar to how many artists describe their work as a calling, Dr. Robert Davis, MD, MPH ’79 always felt drawn to a career in public health.

Faculty members David Bond, Janet Foley, and Tim Schroeder, who together run a National Science Foundation-funded research project on PFOA, have conducted a regional soil study that suggests airborne PFOA contamination that is more extensive than originally thought. 

At Bennington, scientific education includes hands-on research, faculty mentorship, and ample opportunity to explore questions both within a chosen discipline and beyond.

Faculty members Dr. Katie Montovan and Dr. Betsy Sherman have undertaken coral reef biology research. The pair recently published the paper "Modeling Alternative Stable States in Caribbean Coral Reefs" in the journal Natural Resource Modeling.

Over spring break at the Village School of North Bennington (VSNB), Bennington students transformed the gymnasium into a hands-on science museum.

Kendra Ouellette '19 is currently participating in the Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester program in Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, which has set sail for a five-week voyage from Nassau, Bahamas to New York City.

When Bennington alumni mentor current students during Field Work Term (FWT), the time is invaluable to both. Alumni get to connect with the next generation of Bennington students, gaining new perspectives on their current projects. Students, in turn, get the opportunity to ask questions and form connections within the broader Bennington network.