A Closer Look: Modern Science

Shot of the Science Center from outside at night.

Physics students engage with material—and a purple chalk monster—during a study session in the new South Science Center. Photo by Assistant Professor of Physics Kate Jensen

Though the South Science Center opened in June, September was the first time many students had the opportunity to use it for their work. The new, 77,000-square-foot building houses research and teaching laboratories, a microscopy suite and faculty offices for the biology, chemistry and physics departments. It’s phase one of the Science Center Renewal Project, which aims to expand and modernize facilities and create labs and classrooms for a growing number of students interested in the sciences. “We are excited to continue building upon our strengths in science at Williams with new, state-of-the-art facilities designed to further student-faculty collaboration, a hallmark of our program,” says Protik “Tiku” Majumder, Science Center director and Barclay Jermain Professor of Natural Philosophy. Next up is the north addition, which will be approximately 94,424 square feet. The addition replaces Bronfman Science Center and is scheduled for completion in early 2021.