In just three days, the Class of 2021 — and the entire College — will celebrate Commencement 2021  on April 29. As we lead up to graduation, we are highlighting some of the most memorable moments from the past four years to celebrate our soon-to-be graduates. 

Since 2014, Barnard has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields through the Summer Research Institute (SRI), which facilitates funding and supports programming for current students to pursue original lab work under the mentorship of faculty. While SRI 2020 was canceled due to COVID-19, student research at Barnard continued both remotely and, later, in person throughout the summer and fall semester.

Fahmida Moni and Courtney Jacobs - side by side headshots
Fahmida Moni '21 and Courtney Jacobs '21

Economics major Courtney Jacobs ’21 SIPA ’22 works with assistant professor of economics Anja Benshaul-Tolonen to research how women’s decision-making impacts agricultural outcomes. Jacobs drew on data from the Living Standards Measurement Study conducted in Nigeria from 2010 to 2011, and analyzed data from 5,000 households and 13,168 plots of land to measure how the quantity of crops and revenue varies between female-led and male-led homes. 

As a senior majoring in neuroscience and behavior, Fahmida Moni ’21 spent the past year and a half researching with Adam M. Brickman at Columbia University’s Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain. Together, they study a genetic form of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) that is observed in adults with Down syndrome (DS).

Learn more about Moni’s research and her inspirations here.

Watch a video of Jacobs, who discusses how she conducts research remotely: