F&M Stories

At Franklin & Marshall College, we connect our students with extraordinary opportunities so they can accomplish great things in their four years on campus. Here are just a few of their stories.


F&M Now Accepts HACC Honors Students

In keeping with its mission to engage the community, Franklin & Marshall College will begin automatically accepting honors students from Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) this fall. The...Franklin & Marshall College offers students a hands-on...

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A Diner, a Dream, and a Golden Door

An ambitious student growing up, Roger Avila-Vidal '22 knew college was a possibility. But his immigration status made that dream seem nearly impossible. A chance encounter with a prolific F&M benefactor helped change that.

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Research Award Enables Post-Baccalaureate Study at F&M

After removing her cap and gown following graduation May 14, chemistry major Rebecca Qi Luo '22 returned to the Franklin & Marshall College laboratory where she spent her undergraduate days....Franklin & Marshall College offers students a hands-on...

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From Florida to F&M: Kat Gunther's Path to Neurology

Katherine Gunther '23 described being fascinated by STEM and all it has to offer. With interests in chemistry, biology, and psychology, Gunther noted that she’s intrigued by "how we think and why we think that way." At F&M, she crafted an educational...

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Sculpture, Alumnus Link F&M to Philadelphia

For more than 25 years, Virginia Maksymowicz, emerita professor of art, commuted weekly on Amtrak's Keystone train from her Philadelphia home to teach sculpture at Franklin & Marshall College....Franklin & Marshall College offers students a hands-on...

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Williamson Medalist Praises Professors, Peers for Inspiration, Support

Hailan Yu, of Beijing, China, is this year’s recipient of the Williamson Medal, the College’s most prestigious award for student achievement.

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Class of 2022 Grads Urged to Find Their Voices

It is not enough to be a voice for the voiceless. F&M Class of 2022 Commencement speaker Viet Thanh Nguyen encouraged new grads to find their voice and use it to make positive changes in society.

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Senior Spotlights: 'My journey here has granted me a family'

For Nick Ross, it's the Phi Kappa Sigma house. For Nicolás David Cortez, it's the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. For Josary Valeiron, it's Martin Library. With Commencement fast...Why did these seniors choose F&M, and what are their...

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'Someone Like Me Does Have the Opportunity to Make Change in This Country'

Before his legislative career officially began, Ali Husaini ’22 already saw a bill signed into law. "I want to be in the front and center and be immersed in the political system, getting outcomes that benefit the people that are most in need,"...

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Exploring the Intersection of Economics and Feminism

Franklin & Marshall College senior Kamakshi Shah didn't expect to fall in love with economics. She had always thought of the subject as Kamakshi Shah explores the intersection of economics and feminism as an economics major with a minor in women's,...

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F&M Commencement Speaker Talks HBO, Hate Mail and Memoirs

Even Pulitzer Prize-winning authors fight to find their voice. Commencement speaker Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses the upcoming HBO series inspired by his Pulitzer fiction-winner,

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Dissatisfied Voters Preparing to Cast Ballots, According to May F&M Poll

Voters are headed to the polls for the May 17 primary election increasingly worried about their own economics and frustrated with President Joe Biden's performance, according to the latest Franklin &...Franklin & Marshall College offers students...

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