Recurring Events

The Science Center hosts numerous regular events throughout the year. Feel free to visit.

Summer Research Poster Session

Every summer, select students conduct 10 weeks of funded summer research in a variety of disciplines on campus and at outside institutions. Students attend seminars by faculty and outside speakers, give presentations of their own research to their peers and faculty, participate in a field trips, discuss career and graduate school options with professionals. The Science Center hosts an all-campus summer research poster session in August, where students present the results of their research. 
View photos from past summer poster sessions:
2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2007 | 2006 | 2003

Brachman Hoffman Symposium

Each year, Science Center faculty gather for the Brachman Hoffman Symposium, made possible by the generous support of Wellesley Alumna Marilyn Brachman Hoffman '52. Mrs. Hoffman has endowed the Brachman Hoffman Awards, which provide funds in support of faculty research. The Brachman Hoffman Fellows share the results of their Fellowship work with the community and Mrs. Hoffman. In addition, the fund supports numerous Brachman Hoffman Small Grants. Small grant awardees present their results in poster form at the Symposium.

View speaker abstracts from past Brachman Hoffman Symposiums:

Staley Lecture

Similar to the Brachman Hoffman Symposium, the Staley lecture showcases the research of faculty Staley Fellows.  The Roberta Day Staley and Karl A. Staley Faculty/Student Research Fund was established in 1991 by a generous gift from Roberta Day Staley (Wellesley class of 1920) as a memorial to her husband Karl A. Staley.  The fund supports cancer-related research through small grants and Fellowship awards.  The Staley Lecture takes place in alternate years.

Douglas Lecture

The Douglas Lecture was made possible by a generous gift from the Miami Wellesley Club.  It honors the life and work of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, a Wellesley alumna (class of 1912), a respected journalist, and a passionate advocate for the Florida Everglades.  The Douglas lecture focuses on modern environmental issues.

Ruhlman Conference

Made possible by the Barbara Peterson Ruhlman Fund for Interdisciplinary Study, the Ruhlman Conference is intended to foster collaboration among students and faculty across the disciplines and to enhance the intellectual life of the College. The event will provide an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, friends, family, and alumnae to come together in celebration of student achievement.

The conference celebrates intellectual life by sponsoring a communal, public event where students will have an opportunity to present their work to an unusually wide audience. By providing an opportunity for public presentation of what is often a private, isolated activity, the conference will demonstrate that research can be part of the ongoing conversation in a community of scholars.

Attentive to the diversity of student interest and accomplishment, the Ruhlman Conference will include a variety of formats for the presentation of student work: papers, panels, posters, exhibitions, musical and theatrical performances, and readings of original work.

The Ruhlman Conference happens each spring, with lectures occurring in various locations around campus.

Visit the Ruhlman website for more information.

Tanner Conference

Established through the generosity of Wellesley College trustee Estelle "Nicki" Newman Tanner '57, the Tanner Conference celebrates the relationship between the liberal arts classroom and student participation in an increasingly diverse and interdependent world. At once intellectually compelling and personal, the conference presentations focus on the:

  • integration of a student's curricular experiences with significant learning that takes place off-campus;
  • inquiry into the values and purposes of these off-campus experiences that serve to deepen a liberal arts education;
  • impact that these off-campus experiences have on those who engage in them and on the communities in which they occur.

The Tanner Conference provides a venue for students and alumnae to reflect critically upon, analyze and share their off-campus experiences with others in the College community. Encompassing the diversity of off-campus experiences of students, the conference explores the learning that occurs through internships, service learning experiences, student teaching, international study, international Wintersession programs, experiential learning in courses, independent study, and research conducted away from Wellesley.

The Tanner Conference takes place each fall, with all events in the Science Center.

Visit the Tanner website for more information.