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Academic and Campus Life

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Parents and alumni will have the opportunity to experience what life is like on Swarthmore's campus today. This  includes learning about the ways in which academic and co-curricular activities complement each other. 



    Is your student planning a career in law or medicine? Health Sciences and Pre-law Adviser Gigi Simeone will talk about applying to medical, dental, and law schools. 

    Friday, 1–1:45 p.m., Science Center, Room 105
  • Open Houses

    Learn about resources and opportunities available for students and alumni at the following open houses:
    • Career Services, Friday, 2–4 p.m., Parrish Hall, Room 135
    • Off-Campus Study, Friday 3–4:30 p.m., Cunningham House
    • Scott Arboretum, Friday, 4–6 p.m., Wister Center
    • Women's Resource Center, Friday 4–6 p.m., Women's Resource Center
  • Maxine Frank Singer ’52 Hall Presentation

    Associate Professor of Biology and Singer Hall Project Shepard Jose-Luis Machado and Director of Capital Planning and Project Management Jan Semler will share how Singer Hall brings new interdisciplinary connections and community gathering spaces to campus. Learn how Singer Hall will shape the way scientific knowledge is discovered, expanded, and applied at Swarthmore. A tour will follow the presentation.

    Friday, 3:30–4:30 p.m., Singer Hall, Room 033
  • WELCOME remarks: family weekend and homecoming

    Parents, family, and alumni are invited to hear from Provost and Dean of the Faculty Sarah Willie-LeBreton and Vice President and Dean of Students Jim Terhune as they provide an update on the College and take your questions about life on campus and in the classroom.

    Saturday, 9–10 a.m., Science Center, Cuniff Hall (Room 199)
  • Faculty Lecture by Amy Cheng Vollmer: "Do You Have a Gut Feeling?"

    Have you ever wondered what your digestive tract might be telling you? Or what a microbiome actually is? Amy Cheng Vollmer, Isaac H. Clothier Jr. Professor of Biology and director of the Swarthmore Summer Scholars Program, will discuss how microbes in your digestive tract affect not just your physical health but also your behavior and emotional well-being. This session is excerpted from a Lifelong Learning at Swarthmore (LLS) course. Learn more about the Lifelong Learning at Swarthmore program.

    Saturday, 10:15–11 a.m., Singer Hall, Room 346
  • Faculty Lecture by Syon Bhanot: "Behavioral Economics: Making Us Better People, Professionals, and Policymakers"

    Syon Bhanot, assistant professor of economics, will give an introduction on behavioral science and discuss how behavioral science tools can be leveraged to address public policy problems. Drawing from his own research, Bhanot will illustrate ways he and fellow researchers are collaborating with communities and policymakers. This session is excerpted from a Swarthmore Discussion Group (SDG) talk. Learn more about the Swarthmore Discussion Group. 

    Saturday, 11–11:45 a.m., Singer Hall, Room 346

  • Landing your SBAN Lang Internship

    The Swarthmore Black Alumni Network (SBAN) Executive Committee invites students to join them for a conversation about preparing for and planning for your summer internship. SBAN internships support students interested in researching Black culture, Black history, criminal justice, urban inequality, environmental justice, access to housing, access to education, cultural equity, social justice initiatives impacting communities of color, and the arts. Students can apply for summer internship funding through the Lang Center.

    Saturday, 3–4 p.m., Bond Hall