Intellectual Push

A liberal arts education at Bowdoin isn’t about being small and safe—it’s about having the support to take surprising risks. Students undertake this journey with faculty members who are scholars and artists of distinction who actively shape their fields. From their first-year seminar through their senior year, students are immersed in subjects with teachers who illuminate their learning with their own passion for their discipline. Faculty and students work together in small classes, in labs, in performance halls, and in the field where students are active participants in performing real-world research.

Following are some examples of students’ scholarly experiences at Bowdoin and beyond:

Visiting Speakers

Ecologists Share Research at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center

Marine ecologists from 17 institutions across New England gathered at Bowdoin's Coastal Studies Center to discuss some of the most pressing ecological issues affecting the Gulf of Maine. Read more...

Community-Based Learning

Community-Based Courses

Since the year 2000 more than 25 Bowdoin faculty in more than 40 courses across the curriculum have engaged some 500 students in community-based projects through partnerships with nearly 50 community agencies. Read more...

Community Connections through Summer Fellowships

Interested in issues important to the local community as well as in exploring careers in the public sector, seventeen students spent the summer living on campus and working 40 hours a week at local non-profits. Read more...


‘The Play’s The Thing’ For Globe-Trotting Costume Designer

During a whirlwind summer of apprenticeships in England, budding costume designer, Lily Prentice '10, is assistant costume designer for the Guildford Shakespeare Company, an outdoor English repertory theater. Read more...

Summer Research

Student Research Takes a Dive ... to the Ocean Floor

Will Hatleberg '11 and Courtney "CJ" Bell '10 investigate annelid tubeworms on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico, 1500 feet down, by way of a submersible research vessel. Read more...


Major Federal Grant to Boost Bowdoin’s Biomedical Research

Bowdoin has been awarded more than $2.2 million in grant funding from the National Center for Research Resources. The grant has three components comprising research grants for two assistant professors of biology and a third institutional component which expands student research opportunities. Read more...

Student Teaching

Bowdoin Extends Teacher Certification Option After Graduation at No Cost

The Bowdoin Teacher Scholars program provides spring student-teaching placements in area public schools for Bowdoin juniors, seniors—and alumni—who have successfully completed required coursework for a teaching minor. Read more...

Public Sector

Summer fellowships are available for students who wish to spend their summer working in the public sector.


Field work

Bowdoin Students Enjoy Unique Access to Arctic Research

Bowdoin history major, Eli Bossin '09, joined a six-week archaeological dig on the northwest coast of Greenland, headed by Dr. Genevieve LeMoine, curator-registrar of Bowdoin's Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum. Read more...


Student Fellow Helps Community Navigate Lighthouse Restoration

Annie Hancock '10, a physics/visual arts major has been working for the better part of the summer to bring life back to property and open it up for public enjoyment and outdoor education programs. Read more...

2009 Awards

Read about Bowdoin’s recipients of Fullbright Grants, Watson Fellowship, and Rhodes Scholarships here.