Frequently Asked Questions

How may the Smithsonian Affiliation benefit a faculty or staff member?

Smithsonian Affiliations Visiting Professional Program: Visiting professionals work full-time with staff at the Smithsonian for four to six weeks on a specific project before returning to WestConn to apply new-found knowledge and skills.

How may a student benefit from the Smithsonian Affiliation?

Intern Partnership Program. Interns spend ten weeks during the summer working full-time at the Smithsonian on a project designed to assist with the affiliate’s own projects.

What events and programs has WestConn hosted as an affiliate?

In 2003, One Day/One Book: An Exhibition in Celebration of Bloomsday #99, commemorated James Joyce’s most acclaimed work, Ulysses, with a display of rare and beautifully designed editions of the novel from the library of a private collector and special commemorative stamps from the National Postal Museum. For the 2004 opening of the Westside Observatory and Planetarium, the National Air and Space Museum loaned a NASA space shuttle astronaut suit; a planetary expert from the Smithsonian delivered a talk at the event as well. Also in 2004, the exhibit Skitch Henderson: A Man & His Music, curated by Hunt Hill Farm Trust and the National Museum of American History, traveled to WestConn.

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How may I learn more about the Affiliations program and the collections of the Smithsonian Institution?

For more information, please refer to the Smithsonian Affiliations website at You may also contact Dr. Margaret Leahey at 837-8281 or at and/or see “Smithsonian” under Grant Programs on ERes.


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