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Office of Student Fellowships and Research

fellowshipsThe Office of Student Fellowships and Research can connect you with opportunities to deepen or augment your academic coursework at Bowdoin, or even after you graduate. The College supports undergraduate student research through endowed funds and also through major grants from prestigious national institutions. Many alumni have earned nationally competitive awards that helped them attend graduate schools, or even carry out research while traveling the world. Visit site »

Off-Campus Study

OCSYou can connect what you’re learning at Bowdoin with the entire world through our off-campus study program. Over half of Bowdoin students study away for a semester in one of over 100 affiliated academic programs in places including Australia, Botswana, Chile, China, Egypt, France Italy, Japan, Sri Lanka and the UK. Visit site »

Bowdoin Career Planning

cpcA hub of Bowdoin staff and a 1,500-member alumni Career Advisory Network are available to help you with everything from skills-assessment, to networking, to industry information or actual job interviewing. Career Planning offers one-on-one sessions with professional career advisors, maintains extensive job and internship databases, hosts workshops, and coordinates recruiting on campus by over 70 firms. Visit site »

Independent Study: It's Miles From Cool Jazz to Rock 'n' Roll

Independent Study: It's Miles From Cool Jazz to Rock 'n' Roll

An independent study project leads government major into research on the live electric performances of Miles Davis, the man who “changed the face of jazz at least six times” before his death in 1991.1

Independent Study: Oral History Project Reveals Millworkers' Resilience After Layoffs

Independent Study: Oral History Project Reveals Millworkers' Resilience After Layoffs

Student interviews generations of mill workers coping with the closure of the local paper mill. In spite of the town’s devastation, she came away from those conversations with a rare lesson in resilience and the positive influence of education.

Student Research: From Outer Space to Bowdoin Labs: The Hunt for Dark Matter

Student Research: From Outer Space to Bowdoin Labs: The Hunt for Dark Matter

Deep under an Italian mountain, scientists are attempting to prove the existence of “dark matter,” undetectable particles so plentiful they are believed to account for 90 percent of the universe’s mass. Deep in the basement of Searles Science Building, Jimmy Lindsay ‘09 is trying to help them find it.

Student Research: Student's Surfboard Research Makes Industry Waves

Student Research: Student's Surfboard Research Makes Industry Waves

During an off-campus study program in Australia, art history major Sean Sullivan ’07 did groundbreaking research on sustainable surfboards. When it was published by a major surfing organization, it earned him a place at the podium as keynote speaker at a major international surf summit.

Student Research: Student Fieldwork May Aid State Shad Restoration

Student Research: Student Fieldwork May Aid State Shad Restoration

Students are helping with Bowdoin research that may give state marine biologists a foothold on locating, and preserving, shad spawning grounds.

Student Fellowship Coastal Influences: A Tale of Two Artists

Student Fellowship Coastal Influences: A Tale of Two Artists

What were the chances that two student artists roaming over Bowdoin‘s 100 acres of woodlands and coastline would be drawn to the same root-bound cliff for inspiration?

Independent Study: Student Dramatizes Displacement in ‘A Place Like Home'

Independent Study: Student Dramatizes Displacement in ‘A Place Like Home'

An anthropology major wanted to explore the experience of people displaced from their homes after Hurricane Katrina, so she wrote and she wrote and directed a play about it.

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Bowdoin is one of the most active research institutions among liberal-arts colleges today – and students play key roles in much of that research. Our students have been to Antarctica and Greenland, to the ocean bottom and Australian tree canopy. Some of their most outstanding work takes place on campus during the summer, when over 120 students receive research awards for faculty-mentored work on a range of ecological, artistic, scientific and scholarly projects. Experiencing a discipline up-close gives you a chance to internalize and personalize your undergraduate experience and often is a springboard for independent study and honors projects.

Sometimes Bowdoin students find it helpful to immerse themselves in research to help them decide between two areas of interests. Other Bowdoin students get their feet wet through jobs, internships, community-based service programs – or through off-campus study programs around the world. However your interests evolve, you’ll find that these enhanced learning opportunities give you priceless experience and connections for pursuing graduate school or a work life after Bowdoin.