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Sanda Erdelez Visits University of Osijek in Croatia as Fulbright Specialist

School of Library and Information Science Director Visits University of Osijek in Croatia as Fulbright Specialist

In October of 2023, School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) Dean Sanda Erdelez traveled to her native Croatia as part of the Fulbright Specialist Program, which offers opportunities for U.S. professionals and academics to share expertise and collaborate with institutions around the world.

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Simmons University Library Receives National Award in Recognition of DEI Efforts

The Simmons University Library has received the 2024 Library Excellence in Access and Diversity (LEAD) Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine. The LEAD Award honors academic libraries’ programs and initiatives that encourage and support DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) across their campus.

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Simmons University Receives more than $400,000 in a grant from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Simmons University has received grant funding from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to address health needs in the communities the hospital serves. The $416,000 grant awarded to Simmons University will help support mental and behavioral health at Fenway High School located in Mission Hill.

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Simmons Celebrates Exemplary Research, Teaching, and Service at the 2023 Faculty Awards

On October 11, the Simmons community gathered to honor the outstanding achievements of six faculty members representing five disciplines. This year’s awardees received recognition for superlative undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, service, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Simmons' School of Nursing Receives Significant Grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust

Earlier this spring, the Helene Fuld Health Trust, a charitable organization that promotes the education of nurses, informed Simmons that the School of Nursing received a substantial grant from the Trust. These funds will be used to amplify Simmons’ Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program, which aims to support nursing students of color.

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Simmons Receives Transfer Honor Roll from Phi Theta Kappa

In 2023, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) recognized Simmons as one of the most transfer-friendly schools in the nation. PTK is an honor society that helps support scholarships, professionalization, and service and work experiences of community college students. We spoke to...

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics Arpita Saha

Simmons Receives Award from NASA to Support Women and Minority STEM Students

This month, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) awarded $5 million to women's colleges and universities to help increase the retention of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics Arpita...

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Simmons University Designated a Center for Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Education by NSA

Simmons University has been designated a Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cybersecurity Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security. This prestigious designation recognizes Simmons' excellence in cybersecurity education and its commitment to advancing...

Student Awards in the News

Sage Loyema Innerarity ’25MS

Meet Sage Loyema Innerarity ’25MS: Emerging Trailblazer in Tribal Archives

This fall, Sage Loyema Innerarity, a citizen of the Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California, began graduate studies at the Simmons School of Library and Information Science. Working in cooperation with Indigenous individuals, she builds and preserves tribal archives. Innerarity spoke with us about the importance of community, Native literature, and remembrance.

A side-by-side image of the 2023 Bonner Community Leaders: Megan Burgess ’27, Maya Kansky ’27, and Kathleen Dunn ’27

Simmons Welcomes 2023 Bonner Community Leaders

The Bonner Community Leaders Program at Simmons University is a unique opportunity for students who want to combine a strong commitment to service with personal growth, teamwork, leadership development, and scholarship. This fall, Simmons announced a new cohort of 11 Bonner Leaders. We spoke with three of them.

A photo composite of the nine students in the Passionate Leaders Project 2023 cohort

Simmons Announces Passionate Leaders Project Scholars for Fall 2023

The Passionate Leaders Project supports Simmons undergraduates by enriching their academic & professional interests beyond the classroom. Students may request up to $4,000 to support their research, internships, and creative endeavors. This semester’s students produced research related to human rights, documentary film, healthcare access, therapeutic care databases, the neurodevelopment of fruit flies, Muslims’ experiences with healthcare in Boston, and software that supports Simmons’ food pantry.

Asiyah Herrera ’25

Ifill Scholar Asiyah Herrera ’25 Shares her Passion for Supporting Those in Need

“To me the Ifill scholarship is just that: the inception of an amazing legacy and the prospect of a radical future.” — Asiyah Herrera '25

Carla Bamaca ’24

Ifill Scholar Carla Bamaca ’24 on the Impact of Visual Storytelling

Ifill Scholar Carla Bamaca shares her passion for filmmaking and storytelling to inspire change.

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Anna Kelly ’27 Wins Girl Scouts of USA’s Gold Award Scholarship

Incoming student Anna Kelly from South Kingstown, Rhode Island, received a $10,000 Gold Award Scholarship from the Girl Scouts, a special recognition for her community service project “Peer-to-Peer Program in Middle School.” Kelly spoke with us about her passion for community service, mental health, and nursing.

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Undergraduate Recipients of 2023 Senior Scholar Award

Six seniors across the University have been selected as recipients of the 2023 Senior Scholar Award, in recognition of outstanding scholarship and contribution to a field of study.

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Dan Nguyen '23 Receives Robert Y. Young Award

Physics major Dan Nguyen has received a prestigious award from the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). Nguyen began her research as a SURPASs (Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Simmons) scholar and is now testing her theories at the new science building. She spoke with us about her project, what drew her to Simmons, and her future plans.

Faculty Awards in the News

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Associate Professor Marilisa Jiménez García Becomes First Latina to Win Children's Literature Association's Book Award

This June, Professor Marilisa Jiménez García received the Children’s Literature Association’s annual book award for her 2021 monograph, Side by Side. In this text, Jiménez García explores youth literature and culture as a means to comprehend the complex contours of power relations between Puerto Rico and the United States.

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Assistant Professor of History Yunxin Li Receives North Star Collective Fellowship

This spring semester, Professor Yunxin Li is participating in the North Star Collective as a Faculty Fellow. The fellowship offers engagement opportunities for BIPOC faculty members from a variety of New England institutions. Li reflects on how the North Star...

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From Simmons to Bangladesh: Award-Winning Associate Professor's Teaching Spans the Globe

Associate Professor of Practice Kelly Marchant received the Award for Excellence in Nursing Education from the American Nurses Association . "I try to remember what it was like when I was in nursing school, trying to learn these concepts," says...

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Director of the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program Receives Award for Mentorship

LaDonna Christian, Associate Professor of Practice and Director of the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program, has been awarded the Mary A. Manning Nurse Mentoring Award for her work supporting the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program at Simmons. Established by the...

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Professor Nanette Veilleux Receives Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award

On March 17 at the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) in Toronto, Professor of Mathematics, Computing, and Statistics Nanette Veilleux received the Computing Research Association-Education (CRA-E) Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award . This award recognizes faculty members...

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Professor of Nutrition Teresa Fung Selected to Serve on Scientific Advisory Committee

Every March, National Nutrition Month encourages Americans to reflect on the importance and transformative potential of healthy eating and exercise. Published every five years and based on cutting-edge nutrition research, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) provides nutritional advice for...

Professor Bob White

Professor Bob White Receives 2022 Alden Poole Faculty Mentor Award

Bob White , Professor of Communications in the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities , is the 2022 recipient of the Alden Poole Faculty Mentor Award . This award recognizes a faculty member in the Ifill College who...

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Assistant Professor Rebecca Davis Receives North Star Collective Faculty Fellowship

"The North Star Collective Faculty Fellowship provides an opportunity for BIPOC faculty to come together and create a community in which we can support one another," says SLIS Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow Rebecca Davis . "Faculty Fellows learn about...