Connecticut College redefined how sciences are taught in a liberal arts institution during the Campaign. Our science graduates are moving on to careers in research, medicine, academia and business with skills that ensure they can contribute to society’s most intractable problems, whether as science and technology professionals or as engaged, informed citizens.

The transformation on campus has been profound. The state-of-the-art Science Center at New London Hall promotes interdisciplinary teaching and collaborative research at the cutting edge of modern science. Innovative programs such as Science Leaders, which supports students from groups underrepresented in the sciences, have been successfully launched. Nearly $8 million in grants have been secured by science faculty, and since 2007, 113 College undergraduate students have co-authored 66 publications with faculty members, an achievement usually reserved for graduate students. 


Science Education


Here's a look at what some of our Science Leaders, past and present, are doing now:

Parinda Darden


Major: Biochemical, Cellular and Molecular Biology
Nantucket, Mass.
A Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA) scholar, Darden interned at the University of Botswana’s Center for HIV and AIDS Research and the University of Botswana’s biochemistry laboratory. While in Botswana, Darden helped test plants for potential use in medicine. She is now studying for the medical school entrance exam and plans to apply to osteopathic medical schools.

Erick Argueta


Major: Biochemistry
Providence, R.I.
Argueta conducted research at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. His work was made possible by the American Chemical Society’s International Research Experience for Undergraduates award. He spent 10 weeks examining nanometrology, the science of locating molecules on a scale invisible to microscopes. He was recently accepted to the Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

Yumi Kovic


Majors: ACS Certified Chemistry and Biochemistry
Norwich, Conn.
Entering her senior year, Kovic has taken part in the College’s hands-on Bioluminescence Research Group. She helped cowrite a published paper with Bruce Branchini, the McCollum-Vahlteich Professor of Chemistry, on the molecules fireflies use to produce light. She received the Petit Family Foundation grant for women in the sciences and was recently awarded a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for students who pursue careers in science.