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Jenna Libera singing with Counterpoints
July 20, 2017
As musical director of Clark University’s all-female a cappella group the Counterpoints, Jenna Libera ’18, has created arrangements that melodiously blend soprano and alto voices. In her academic work, she likewise has skillfully harmonized double majors in biology and psychology to pursue her interest in neuroscience....
Jenna Libera seated in front of microscope
July 20, 2017
What’s it like to be a young woman scientist in 2017? We asked Jenna Libera ’18, a double major in biology and psychology at Clark University, to reflect on the topic. Libera grew up in Charlton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Shepherd Hill Regional High School. She recently received Clark's Simon and Eve Colin...
Map of the world
July 18, 2017
Eleven Clark University graduate and undergraduate students received funding from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and other competitive programs for teaching assistantships, research and study abroad. “The fact that 11 of our students have received such highly competitive and prestigious awards in nine different...
Arielle Pierre
June 22, 2017
“Challenge convention. Change our world.” The Clark University motto, which endorses the spirit of an extensive yet intensive learning environment, is one reason why passionate students like Geraldine “Arielle” Pierre ’19, choose Clark. As a political science major concentrating in ethics and public policy, Pierre is...
Students from Consumer Behavior standing amid trees on Clark University campus
June 15, 2017
Several Clark University management students headed off to their summer internships with major fashion retailers armed with fresh knowledge of millennials’ shopping habits, thanks to a marketing class they took this spring. Although the students are millennials – members of the generation born from around 1980 to 2000 –...
Miranda Weinstein sits in chair in library
June 5, 2017
Miranda Weinstein ’16, M.A.'17, sees a disconnect between international politics and understanding the real-world impact of policies and development. “I feel my political science background at Clark provided me with an understanding of structural inequalities and who has the power to make decisions,” she says. Weinstein,...
Adelaide Petrov-Yoo, Clark University
June 5, 2017
Studying abroad in Jordan her junior year gave Clark University history major Adelaide Petrov-Yoo ’17 the chance to learn Arabic and better understand the roots of the Middle East conflict. After returning to Clark in fall 2016, the New Yorker applied that knowledge to write her honors thesis focusing on the Soviet Union’s...
Amy Yeager talks in front of her artwork of internal organs from a cat dissection
May 31, 2017
After living in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Romania and Senegal, where she attended small international schools, Amy Yeager ’17 thought Clark University might be a good fit. “Clark was small with a significant international community, so I thought the transition wouldn't be so difficult,” she says. “When I got my acceptance...
Emily Langley speaking at the podium at Clark University
May 31, 2017
As a history major at Clark University, Emily Langley ’17 became interested in studying the roles of the American and Vietnamese women who served during the Vietnam War. One thing was missing, however: primary source material about the Vietnamese women who served. So Langley took matters into her own hands. “When the...
Lisa Musumba sitting outside at Clark University
May 30, 2017
Clark University undergraduate Lisa Musumba ’19 of Nairobi, Kenya, has found a way to apply her multicultural experience and interdisciplinary education to help Spanish-speaking children in Worcester celebrate their heritage. Musumba, who is majoring in media, culture and the arts and minoring in English and Spanish,...
May 30, 2017
The third volume of Clark University’s Scholarly Undergraduate Research Journal (SURJ) has been published, giving its all-student staff with “an inside look at academic publishing,” according to editor-in-chief Lauren Howard ’17. “All these research articles were read in class; there is a peer-review process behind them,”...
Maria Luisa Escobar Pardo standing, inside, in front of window at Clark University
May 22, 2017
For Maria Luisa "Lulu" Escobar Pardo ’17, Clark University has been a place to explore different outlooks on herself and the world, as well as intensely study global environmental issues. But as Escobar Pardo graduates this May, she is eager to return home to Bogotá, Colombia, to refocus on, and serve, her country. At...
John Hite seated on bench on Geography Department room, with stained glass window in background
May 18, 2017
John Hite ’17 has used his double major in geography and Spanish at Clark University to work with communities in Mexico. From helping create more sustainable methods of raising chickens, to developing a policy brief to mitigate deforestation, he has lived up to Clark’s motto: “Challenge Convention, Change our World.” In...
Clark University associate professor Kristina Wilson, center, with "Cyanotypes" exhibit co-curator Nancy Kathryn Burns, Assistant Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs at the Worcester Art Museum, and Hannah Jaffe '16.
May 17, 2017
Kristina Wilson, associate professor of art history and chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Clark University, received a prestigious Award for Excellence in recognition of her groundbreaking new scholarship as co-curator of "Cyanotypes: Photography's Blue Period," a unique and popular exhibition...
Tess Reichart standing on Main Street near Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts
May 16, 2017
Like most English majors, Tess Reichart ’17 has spent countless hours reading literature and theory, dissecting and discussing texts, and researching and writing papers. But at Clark University, Reichart also discovered the power of words to make change. Tess Reichart works with children at Fighting Words, a non-profit...
Hung "William" Mai sits in a classroom at Clark University
May 15, 2017
For Hung “William” Mai ’18, every experience is a chance to learn — and focus on his future. Mai, a management major from Vietnam, appreciates how Clark University incorporates social, political and environmental aspects into its business courses. He especially connects with professors who bring real-life examples from...
Grant Henry standing in front of his cartoon panels on wall at art exhibit
May 10, 2017
Taking a cue from Post-Impressionist Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, Grant Henry ’17 headed to Paris last summer to envelop himself in the world of art and explore and document places like Montmartre, the red-light district that harbored artists of Europe’s fertile Belle Époque period (1871-1914). A panel from Grant Henry'...
Despoina Lioliou talks to two middle-school students in the classrom
May 8, 2017
For three hours each week, Clark University students bring a world of poetry into Worcester classrooms — with the impact extending far beyond the city limits. The In Our Own Words program pairs Clark undergraduates with 25 seventh, eighth and ninth graders from Claremont Academy to translate poetry from around the world...
Courtney Thomas
May 8, 2017
Courtney Thomas ’17 has had many learning moments at Clark University, but her favorite happened when she was teaching others. Thomas, the president of Clark’s Black Student Union, and other students presented a workshop to members of the Clark community during the MLK Racial Justice Teach-In in January. “It was such an...
Alex Jeannotte standing, with arms crossed
May 2, 2017
Because of their dogged pursuit of elusive primary sources, historians often are equated with detectives – a theme represented in a decade-long PBS series, History Detectives. For Alex Jeannotte ’17, that theme has carried through much of her time at Clark University, where she has helped knit together the genealogy of an...
May 2, 2017
In 2008, Trang Nguyen ’17 learned about the financial crisis impacting millions around the world from inside a high school classroom in Singapore. By this point in her young life, she’d already lived in three countries and soon found her teachers piquing her interest to study global economics in a fourth — the United...
Steinbrecher Fellows with Steven Steinbrecher
April 28, 2017
Nine Clark University students have been awarded Steinbrecher Fellowships to pursue original ideas, creative research and community service projects this summer and during the 2017-18 academic year. The Steinbrecher Fellowship Program was established in 2006. The newest Steinbrecher Fellows are all members of the Class of...
Undergraduate and elementary students sitting on the floor in a classroom
April 24, 2017
On a chilly, gray day inside an Atwood Hall rehearsal space, children call “¡Hola!” to one another as they run through the door, flinging their coats onto the floor in a colorful heap. They’re rushing to grab a snack and join the group of Clark University student volunteers gathered in the space filled with salsa music and...
Savannah Sanford talks to a conference attendee about her research poster at the AAG conference in Boston
April 21, 2017
Twenty-one undergraduates and seven master’s degree students from Clark University Geography presented posters at the American Association of Geographers’ (AAG) annual meeting April 5-9 in Boston, and for many, the chance to explain research to peers and faculty from across the world marked a step into new territory.
Phat Tran standing next to building at Clark University
April 21, 2017
Whether he’s walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival or just across campus to meet with an adviser in the Alumni and Student Engagement Center, Phat Tran ’19 knows he’s striding toward a successful future. The screen studies and management major credits a combination of factors for his confidence – a love of...

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