STEM Forward

Leading the way for women in STEM

In spring 2022, Wellesley completed the ambitious reimagining of the Science Complex, the most significant capital project the College has undertaken in the past 100 years. The new Science Complex represents a critical investment in our students, our faculty, and our future. 

As an institution that consistently ranks first among liberal arts colleges for the number of women graduates receiving Ph.D.s in science and engineering, and that benefits from a strategic location near a national hub for the life sciences, Wellesley is poised to change the culture for women, and particularly for women of color, in STEM.

Celebrate the opening of the new Science Complex

To mark the opening of our newly transformed Science Complex, Wellesley is convening a half-day series of events to celebrate the power of STEM on Monday, October 3, 2022.

At 2 p.m. ET, join the livestream below for opening remarks by President Paula A. Johnson and Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, followed by a keynote speech from Reshma Kewalramani, CEO and president, Vertex Pharmaceuticals. A panel discussion focused on changing the culture of STEM with leaders from higher education, government, life sciences, and technology will follow at 3 p.m. ET.

Keynote Speaker

Reshma Kewalramani, M.D.
CEO and president, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
more about Reshma Kewalramani, M.D.


Jake Auchincloss
U.S. Representative
more about Jake Auchincloss
Dana Im ’10, M.D.
Director of quality and safety, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
more about Dana Im ’10, M.D.
Nergis Mavalvala ’90, Ph.D.
Dean of the MIT School of Science; Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics
more about Nergis Mavalvala ’90, Ph.D.

Discover the new Science Complex

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) helped Wellesley College to achieve the most ambitious building project in its modern history: transforming an outdated science center into an inviting, integrated, and flexible complex. New buildings feature state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, the most distinctive elements of the existing center have been carefully preserved and renovated, and the surrounding landscape has been restored. The finished Science Complex positions Wellesley to continue and advance its leadership in inclusive STEM education for women.

STEM Forward

This celebration will continue throughout the year with speakers, events highlighting the role of science and technology in confronting some of our greatest challenges, new programming from Career Education, and opportunities to learn about Wellesley’s leadership in the sciences.