Research projects are arranged with the approval and advice of a sponsoring faculty member, and are usually closely related to that person's on-going research. Students seriously considering research should contact members of the faculty with whom they might want to do a project to discuss research options, time commitments, etc., in order to reach a mutually agreed-upon project of the student's design. The academic year is not the only time a student may pursue research within the biology department.
Many students work on research projects during the summer at facilities such as the Coastal Studies Center or the Bowdoin Scientific Station at Kent Island. Often students work on with faculty members who have received grants. Juniors often start their research project in the summer before their senior year and continue that research throughout the academic year, culminating in an honors project.
Seniors have also been able to continue their research through the summer after graduating. To aid students in their research, a number of options are available. Periodically, fellowships from different granting agencies and foundations are made available for the purpose of supporting undergraduate research, and faculty often have stipends on their research grants specifically for student support.