Women in science

Students at women’s colleges graduate in math and sciences at 1.5 times the rate of women at co-ed institutions. Why? Perhaps because here they find an environment where their interests and abilities are encouraged. At Barnard, our small college environment offers you the uncommon opportunity to collaborate on research with leaders in the scientific community. Barnard’s faculty members pursue groundbreaking scientific research, using cutting-edge technology and resources. Taking advantage of the research opportunities and the strong liberal arts foundation here, Barnard graduates find success in a range of science, math, and technology careers.


On research opportunities at Barnard

"In chemistry, faculty research projects involve the students completely. Students learn to design experiments on their own with close faculty guidance. And because students are working on our research projects, they are co-authors on any papers we publish—because they've done the work."

Dina Merrer, associate professor of chemistry


Creating a new generation of scientists

This past summer, more than 120 Barnard students participated in the College's first annual Summer Research Institute (SRI).

As a principal scientist at Pfizer Inc., Elnaz Menhaji-Klotz studies medicines to treat cardiovascular and metabolic disorders such as heart disease and diabetes. At Barnard, she was drawn to organic chemistry, which she continued to study at Yale, earning a Ph.D. in the field. “It’s all about concepts,” she says. “I didn’t feel like I had to memorize things. We faced problems like, ‘Here’s a molecule. How do you make this?’ That’s what I do now.”​

Research project by Anjali Agarwalla ’16 (neuroscience major, biology department research on chemotherapy)
Graduates of women’s colleges are twice as likely as women at co-ed institutions to go to medical school and earn doctoral degrees.