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Documenting the Wellesley College COVID-19 Experience

The Wellesley College archives is excited to announce the launch of "Documenting the Wellesley College COVID-19 Experience." This project aims to crowdsource born digital materials related to the Wellesley College community's experience with life during the COVID-19 global pandemic. The archives is seeking donations from members of the Wellesley College community, including staff, faculty, students, and alumnae. Donations can include anything from artistic endeavors such as poetry, to assignments that had to be transitioned amidst switching to virtual teaching, to photographs - anything that speaks to this unprecedented time and how it has affected life for the Wellesley community. Donations will become a part of the official college record of this time we are living through and will be preserved as a part of our emerging COVID-19 collection.

The archives needs your help! Please submit donations here:

We hope to collect material from the most diverse pool of community members as possible. If you have technology questions about submitting, or general questions about the process, please feel free to contact us at or 781-283-3745. Donations will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

The 2022 students who won the 2022 research awards in a Zoom meeting

Announcing the 2022 Student Library Research Award Winners!

The Student Library Research Award Evaluation Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Student Library Research Awards, sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley College Library (more about the awards).

Award recipients demonstrated a thoughtful, methodical, and scholarly approach to research and made creative use of diverse library resources, which contributed to their ability to produce an outstanding research project.

In spite of the continued challenges of doing research during another pandemic year, we again received a large number of submissions (just one shy of last year’s record of 75). We continue to be impressed by the range and creativity of students’ work and their thoughtful reflections on the research process. Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Wellesley College Library, we were able to award two prizes in each category, as well as two Honorable Mentions. 


First Year Award

Hannah Grimmett ’25 has won a First Year Award for her SOC 212 paper, “Structural Barriers to Rural Poor Educational Attainment: A Response to the Cultural Argument.” Supporting Faculty: Joe Swingle

Mia Silberstein ’24 has won a First Year Award for her WRIT 134 paper, “A Battle for the Soul of Our Courts: The Case for a Biden Administration Article I Independent Immigration Court System.” Supporting Faculty: Erin Battat 


100/200-level Award

Ida Beckett ’24 has won a 100/200-level award for her MES/REL 264 paper, “The Sufi Origin and Serious Threat of Coffee and its Houses: How a Stimulant Stimulated Revolt in the Ottoman Empire.” Supporting Faculty: Efe Murat Balıkçıoğlu

Kate Habich ’22 has won a 100/200-level award for their ES 214 paper, “Understanding and Eliminating Atmospheric Benzene Pollution in Pasadena, TX.” Supporting Faculty: Beth DeSombre


300-level Award

Jacquelyn Cai ’22 has won a 300-level award for her NEUR 300 paper, “​​Exploring Probiotics and Fecal Microbiota Transplantation: Two Potential Therapeutics for Alzheimer’s Disease in a Mouse Model.” Supporting Faculty: Michael Wiest

Natalie Li ’23 has won a 300-level award for her HIST 334 paper, “Taking Up the Banner of Austerity: Visions of Economic Transition on the 1970s Italian Left.” Supporting Faculty: Quinn Slobodian


Independent Study Award

Rebecca Cox ’22 has won an Independent Study Award for her ES 250 project, “Plankton of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.” Supporting Faculty: Jackie Matthes

Rebekah Hobbs ’22 has won an Independent Study Award for her PSYC 350 paper, “​​A comprehensive examination of associations between childhood trauma and psychosis in African Americans.” Supporting Faculty: Christen Deveney


Honorable Mention

Niamh Bayliss ’22 has won an Honorable Mention for her ES 312 paper, “Street Trees and City Planning: Exploring the Inequitable Distribution of Urban Tree Canopies Across the U.S.” Supporting Faculty: Beth DeSombre

Sarah Charpentier ’22 has won an Honorable Mention for her CAMS 302 video essay, “Decompositions: The Lifetimes, and Life-ends, of an Image.” Supporting Faculty: Codruța Morari

The winning entries will be available soon in the Wellesley College Digital Repository

More info: Karen Storz,

Wellesley College joins HathiTrust

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Wellesley College is now a member of HathiTrust, a global collaborative of research and academic libraries working towards its mission to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. HathiTrust offers reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law, computational access to the entire corpus for scholarly research, and other emerging services based on the combined collection.

Find out more about HathiTrust and how you can use it for your research.