Lieutenant Governor Polito Visits Simmons

December 01, 2016

Lieutenant Governor Polito and President Drinan

We welcomed Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito to Simmons to discuss women in STEM.

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito visited Simmons to learn more about our programs to engage women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Lieutenant Governor Polito met with President Helen Drinan and members of Simmons' leadership team, faculty and students. 

Jenna Canfield and Interim Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences Leanne Doherty discussed the success of Simmons' STEM programs, citing the "Simmons approach" of mentoring opportunities like Building for Science Toolkit, the GurLee labs and the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Simmons (SURPASs).

Prior to the discussion, Professor Canfield and Kelsey Heavener '17 led Lieutenant Governor Polito on a tour through the undergraduate science labs. Kelsey shared her Cystic Fibrosis research, conducted with Professor Canfield through our SURPASs program. 

"It was a pleasure to talk with the Lieutenant Governor — and share the great things we do with STEM at Simmons." Said Kelsey, "I'm so glad I had the opportunity to tell her about my research project and how Simmons has helped me grow into the student I am today!" 

Lieutenant Governor Polito in the LabKelsey Heavener and Lieutenant Governor Polito

From left: Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito touring the Simmons undergraduate lab and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito with Kelsey Heavener '17


STEM at Simmons

At Simmons, we empower women and girls in STEM through every step of their educational and professional development. Through community partnerships, rigorous programs, faculty mentoring and an extensive alumnae/i network — we work to inspire the next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers.