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Nanette and Raneem

Accelerated Degree Student Presents Poster on ChatGPT at Technical Symposium

Mathematics and Computer Science major Raneem Emad Amer Mousa ’25 is pursuing the Dual-Degree in Engineering Simmons offers in collaboration with Columbia University. Her research project, “Is ChatGPT the Academic Catalyst We’ve All Been Waiting For?” was accepted for inclusion...


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From Boston to New York: Simmons 3+2 Engineering Student Accepted to Columbia University

Sophia Moore ’24 is one of the first Simmons students to complete the initial portion of the accelerated 3+2 Engineering program. Having obtained her first bachelor’s degree from Simmons, this fall she will relocate to the New York metropolitan area to pursue her second bachelor’s degree at Columbia University.


A close-up image of a 2024 tassle hanging from a graduation cap

Simmons University Celebrates the Class of 2024

On Friday, May 17, 2024, Simmons University celebrated the 119th Commencement Ceremonies at the MGM Music Hall at Fenway. These events honored the many accomplishments of the Class of 2024. Simmons awarded over 500 baccalaureate degrees and nearly 2,100 graduate degrees during these ceremonies.


Abby (Bent) McKie ’00 ’02HS (R) and Dana Bent (C) at the 2024 Simmons Commencement

The Simmons Connection: A Tale of Two Sisters

Abby (Bent) McKie ’00 ’02HS graduated from Simmons with her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics , Dietetic Internship Program Certificate, and Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Health Promotion . At her Commencement, a photographer snapped a picture of...


Annabelle Hannah ’25 seated by a waterfall

Chemistry/Physics Student Accepted into Research Experience at UPenn

Annabelle Hannah ’25, a double-major in Chemistry and Physics, was accepted into the 2024 summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). The 10-week program is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).


A group shot of the 2024 Simmons Softball team who won the 2024 GNAC Championship

Simmons Sharks Defend GNAC Championship

Simmons Softball won their GNAC Championship after a pair of victories against Saint Joseph’s College of Maine on Saturday, May 11, 2024.


Megan Phifer-Davis ’18MS and Derek Mosley ’11MS

SLIS alumni named Movers & Shakers by Library Journal

Simmons School of Library and Information Science alumni Megan Phifer-Davis ’18MS and Derek Mosley ’11MS have been selected by Library Journal for the 2024 Movers & Shakers.


Kiani Jacobs

Finding Community at Simmons as a Transfer Commuter Student

While at Simmons, Exercise Science major and Health Care Management minor Kiani Jacobs ’23 received the 2023 Senior Scholar Award and interned at the Harvard Medical Ginty Lab on Neurological Research. Starting a PhD in Exercise Science this fall, she...


Leadership in the News

Participants at the 2024 Simmons Leadership Conference

Creating Impact at the 45th Annual Simmons Leadership Conference

The 2024 conference featured a roster of speakers exploring this year’s theme of “Creating Impact” in their personal and professional lives, and how those efforts ripple out to the people and communities around them.


Abigail Bloom standing among trees and bushes

Self-Curating the College Experience: Sojourn in Spain, Scientific Research, and Senior Care

Public Health major Abigail Bloom ’24 discusses her study abroad experience, the research projects she has participated in, and some of her favorite courses at Simmons.


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Discovering an Empowering Atmosphere, Supportive Mentors, and Leadership Opportunities at Simmons

Neurobiology major Debora Edouard ’24 discusses her favorite moments at Simmons, her research, and her unique experience as a first-generation college student.


Gia Lebrun ’24

Reflecting on Community Service, Friendship, and Fun at Simmons

First-generation student Gia Elie ’24 has engaged in community service in the Boston area as part of the Alpha Kappa sorority. She has also been involved with the Black Student Organization and has completed two internships. She counts the friendships she has made at Simmons as one of her most transformative experiences.


Cyndee Landrum

Library and Information Science PhD Student Named Acting Director of IMLS

Cyndee Landrum, a student in the Simmons University Library and Information Science PhD, has been named Acting Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).


The main campus building at Simmons University

Simmons Alum Kelly O’Connell Champions Women and Nonbinary Entrepreneurs

Since joining the Simmons University Alumnae/i Association Executive Board (AAEB), Kelly O’Connell ’99 has helped launch the Simmons Tuesday Tea Podcast, and co-hosted the Byond Balance event last November. On April 2, AAEB is hosting a special Simmons campus screening of “Show Her The Money,” a documentary that delves into the gender gap in venture capital funding with a focus on empowering women entrepreneurs.


Abigail Bloom, Aria Cooper, and Adriana Lizeth Campuzano Martinez

Simmons Welcomes Passionate Leaders Project Scholars for Spring 2024

The Passionate Leaders Project (PLP) supports Simmons undergraduates by enriching their academic and professional interests beyond the boundaries of a conventional classroom. Students may request up to $4,000 to support their research, internships, and creative endeavors. This semester’s cohort comprises student-scholars producing original research on healthcare for seniors, fashion sustainability, and the intersection of the arts, social justice, and gender-expansive agency.


Dr. Ena Williams at the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program Lectureship Event. Photograph by Ashley Purvis.

Dr. Ena Williams Champions Workplace Diversity in Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program Lectureship Event

On February 29, the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program, directed by Associate Professor of Practice LaDonna Christian, hosted a Lectureship Event with Dr. Ena Williams. Her lecture, entitled, “Experiences of Racial and Ethnic Minority Nurses: Our Role in Advancing Workforce Diversity,” identified workplace biases and underscored the need for mentorship, racial equity, and organizational change.


STEM in the News

Nanette and Raneem

Accelerated Degree Student Presents Poster on ChatGPT at Technical Symposium

Mathematics and Computer Science major Raneem Emad Amer Mousa ’25 is pursuing the Dual-Degree in Engineering Simmons offers in collaboration with Columbia University. Her research project, “Is ChatGPT the Academic Catalyst We’ve All Been Waiting For?” was accepted for inclusion...


A composite image of the Boston skyline above the New York City skyline

From Boston to New York: Simmons 3+2 Engineering Student Accepted to Columbia University

Sophia Moore ’24 is one of the first Simmons students to complete the initial portion of the accelerated 3+2 Engineering program. Having obtained her first bachelor’s degree from Simmons, this fall she will relocate to the New York metropolitan area to pursue her second bachelor’s degree at Columbia University.


Annabelle Hannah ’25 seated by a waterfall

Chemistry/Physics Student Accepted into Research Experience at UPenn

Annabelle Hannah ’25, a double-major in Chemistry and Physics, was accepted into the 2024 summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). The 10-week program is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).


Group of Simmons Students

Debora Edouard ’24 and Kadijah McClean ’24 Open Simmons Chapter of the National Society of Black Women in Medicine

Established in 2017, the National Society of Black Women in Medicine is committed to increasing the recruitment and retention of Black women pursuing careers in the medical field. This academic year, Neurobiology major Debora Edouard ’24 and Biochemistry and Public Health minor Kadijah McClean ’24 co-founded the Simmons chapter of the Society.


Abigail Bloom, Aria Cooper, and Adriana Lizeth Campuzano Martinez

Simmons Welcomes Passionate Leaders Project Scholars for Spring 2024

The Passionate Leaders Project (PLP) supports Simmons undergraduates by enriching their academic and professional interests beyond the boundaries of a conventional classroom. Students may request up to $4,000 to support their research, internships, and creative endeavors. This semester’s cohort comprises student-scholars producing original research on healthcare for seniors, fashion sustainability, and the intersection of the arts, social justice, and gender-expansive agency.


Jennifer Roecklein-Canfield

Professor Jennifer Roecklein-Canfield Selected as a 2024 Fellow of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Jennifer Roecklein-Canfield, Professor of Chemistry and Physics at Simmons, is among the 2024 cohort of Fellows within the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). She spoke with us about receiving this honor, advocating for women in STEM, and reimagining mentorship.


A model of a Perfluorooctanoic acid molecule.

Associate Professor of Biology Eric Luth Co-Authors Scientific Article with Former Students

Neurobiologist Eric Luth recently co-authored a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A (October 2021) with several of his students: Celine Breton ’21, Kaitlyn Kessel ’23, Ariel Robinson ’19, and Kainat Altaf ’22. The piece traces developmental abnormalities among worm populations after exposure to environmental contaminants.


The Park Science Center building on the Simmons University campus

Honoring 50 Years of the Park Science Center and Celebrating a New Era at Simmons University

At the time it was built in the early 1970’s, the Park Science building served as a symbol of progress and achievement in women's-centered education. It challenged gender norms and societal expectations while promoting inclusivity and diversity in academia.


Faculty in the News

Professor of Social Work Johnnie Hamilton-Mason

Professor Hamilton-Mason Honored by Haymarket People’s Fund

The Haymarket People's Fund has described Professor Johnnie Hamilton-Mason as “an interdisciplinary researcher” and honored her for her work in support of the Fund.


The Simmons campus in the spring

SLIS Dean Sanda Erdelez Receives Croatian Women of Influence Award

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) Dean Sanda Erdelez was selected as a winner of the Croatian Women of Influence Award, a recognition of leadership, innovation, and community impact of Croatian women around the world.


Studio portrait of Professor Bob White, photograph by Jerry Russo.

Professor of Communications Bob White Featured in Oral History Collection of Artists During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 lockdown (2020–2021), local photographer and filmmaker Jerry Russo interviewed hundreds of artists about their experiences of isolation, including Professor of Communications Bob White. The University of Massachusetts Amherst has since archived this oral history collection.


Pride Flag flying with MA state flag in front of Simmons MCB

Professor Gary Bailey Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth

According to the Mass.gov press release, this event “was a testament to the unwavering commitment of all involved to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for young people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.”


Dr. Jennifer Herman, Professor Tatiana Cruz, Professor Kamille Gentles-Peart, and NEBHE President and CEO Dr. Michael Thomas at the International Women's Day Breakfast and Awards

Navigating the North Star: Assistant Professor Tatiana M.F. Cruz Receives Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Award

The American Council on Education Women’s Network Massachusetts has recognized Tatiana M.F. Cruz, Assistant Professor and Interdisciplinary Program Director of Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, and her collaborator Dr. Kamille Gentles-Peart (Roger Williams University) for co-founding and directing the North Star Collective, a group of colleges and universities in New England that are committed to faculty racial equity.


Sex and the City Cast

Professor Suzanne Leonard Discusses “Sex and the City’s” Toxic Masculinity in Los Angeles Times

“Audiences [today] are much more aware of the dangers of toxic masculinity, and that doesn't read as sexy anymore. I think you have more sophisticated feminist viewers,” says Leonard.


The waiting room of an overdose prevention center in New York City

Advancing Harm Reduction: The Case for Overdose Prevention Centers

A conversation with Jeffrey Steen, Assistant Professor in the Simmons University School of Social Work.


Professor Randi Lite while giving her 2020 Commencement address.

Award Named in Honor of former Professor Randi Lite

The Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA) Annual Conference Committee has established the Randi Lite Lifetime Achievement Award. Named for former Biology Professor of Practice and Director of Exercise Science Randi Lite, who was a founder and first president of CEPA...


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Nanette and Raneem

Accelerated Degree Student Presents Poster on ChatGPT at Technical Symposium

Mathematics and Computer Science major Raneem Emad Amer Mousa ’25 is pursuing the Dual-Degree in Engineering Simmons offers in collaboration with Columbia University. Her research project, “Is ChatGPT the Academic Catalyst We’ve All Been Waiting For?” was accepted for inclusion...


A composite image of the Boston skyline above the New York City skyline

From Boston to New York: Simmons 3+2 Engineering Student Accepted to Columbia University

Sophia Moore ’24 is one of the first Simmons students to complete the initial portion of the accelerated 3+2 Engineering program. Having obtained her first bachelor’s degree from Simmons, this fall she will relocate to the New York metropolitan area to pursue her second bachelor’s degree at Columbia University.


Annabelle Hannah ’25 seated by a waterfall

Chemistry/Physics Student Accepted into Research Experience at UPenn

Annabelle Hannah ’25, a double-major in Chemistry and Physics, was accepted into the 2024 summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). The 10-week program is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).


Misty Neader ’25MWS and Devin Ryan ’21

A Mother Follows Her Child’s Footsteps to a Simmons Education

During high school, Devin Ryan ’21 toured Simmons, where they later majored in Biology. Meanwhile, someone close to Ryan was also inspired by that campus tour: their mother, Misty Neader ’25MSW.


Gracyn Delaune ’24 poses with the coastline of Ireland in the background

A Multidisciplinary Education: Irish Immersion, State House Internship, and Reproductive Health Research

Sociology major Gracyn Delaune ’24 reflects on her time abroad, impactful internships and research opportunities, her favorite professors and what it is like to attend school in Boston.


Tessa Culhane ’24

Writing Speculative Fiction and Leading from Within

An interview with Tessa Culhane ’24 What are the most impactful things you have done over the last four years? In the last four years, I graduated from Cape Cod Community College with my Associate’s in Business Administration, and will...


Reham Zeroual Photo

Merging a Scholarly Stance with Lived Experience

Africana Studies and Political Science double major Reham Zeroual ’24 discusses her engagement with Student Senate, her favorite courses and professors, as well as her experience as a first-generation college student.


Samantha Normilus ’19BSN, ’26MSN

Nursing Student Receives Excellence in Nursing Practice Award from New England Regional Black Nurses Association

Samantha Normilus ’19BSN, ’26MSN has received the Excellent in Nursing Practice Award from the New England Regional Black Nurses Association, Inc. (NERBNA). A Dana-Farber Cancer Institute nurse who is pursuing the online MSN-FNP program at Simmons, Normilus spoke with us about being a NERBNA awardee, the rewards of oncology nursing, and the supportive community she found at Simmons.



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