Prizes – Undergraduate Development

Research, Community Engagement, Career Exploration

In addition to the Bowdoin-funded fellowships, internships, and research awards described below, students often have the opportunity to apply for fellowships made available through grants awarded to the College such as the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships and the National Institutes of Health–IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Summer Fellowships. More information is available from the offices of Student Fellowships and Research and Bowdoin Career Planning.

The Jason R. Baron Public Service Fellowship in Washington, D.C. (2014): Supports summer internships in the federal government in Washington, D.C. or organizations devoted to public policy located in and around the nation’s capital.

Bowdoin College Alumni Council Internship Fund (2012): Designed to allow a student to take an unpaid internship to explore or gain greater knowledge in a career field of their choice.

Bowdoin Scientific Station Summer Fellowships: Bowdoin Scientific Station Fellows spend the summer at Bowdoin’s scientific field station on Kent Island in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada, conducting research in ecology, animal behavior, marine biology, botany, geology, and meteorology. Students conduct independent field work with the advice and assistance of a faculty director and have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty members and graduate students from numerous colleges and universities.

James Stacy Coles Undergraduate Research Fellowship Fund (1997): Established by gifts of family members and friends as a memorial to James Stacy Coles, the fund supports the activity of students engaged directly in serious scientific research. Fellowships are awarded annually to highly qualified students. The funds are used by students for substantial participation in a scientific research project under the direction of a faculty member who is independently interested in the area under study. While the name of the project differs from discipline to discipline, all projects give students first-hand experience with productive scholarly scientific research.

Martha Reed Coles Undergraduate Research Fellowship Fund (2000): Established in honor of Martha Reed Coles, by members of her family. As the first lady of Bowdoin College from 1952 to 1967, she took an active and vital interest in every phase of life at the College. The pleasure she received from her interaction with Bowdoin’s students and her appreciation of their youthful energy, intellect, achievements, and promise inspired her children to establish the fund. Income from this fund supports students engaged in scholarly research in the arts or humanities.

Community Matters in Maine Summer Fellowships (2006): The Community Matters in Maine Summer Fellowships, coordinated jointly through the Environmental Studies Program and the McKeen Center for the Common Good, provide students the opportunity to work and serve in the local community by way of placement in a specific organization to address community issues while strengthening campus–community partnerships. Through a ten-week funded placement, students explore work in the public sector while applying their academic studies to real-life problems at the local level.

Chester W. Cooke III Student Research Fund (2011): Established through a gift from Chester Cooke III, a member of the Class of 1957, this fund supports student community-based research projects with a first preference to students whose major is environmental studies and a second preference for those living in Quinby House.

Davis Fund (1934): Established through a gift from Walter G. Davis, this fund supports research mini-grants to students to encourage undergraduate interest in international affairs.

Delta Sigma Arts Fellowship (2012): Funded by a former Bowdoin fraternity, this grant is open to all creative disciplines supporting unpaid internships in the arts while enabling students to be as closely involved in the creative process as possible.

Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Coastal Studies Research Awards (1997): Doherty Fellowships are awarded to students to support substantial participation in a scientific research project by a student under the direction of a faculty member who is independently interested in the subject under study. Fellowships are awarded for summer research projects in marine and coastal studies.

Forest Foundation Summer Fellowships (2012): The Forest Foundation Summer Fellowship provides students who have a foundation of community involvement the opportunity to design a ten-week summer fellowship based on an interest in public service and community-engaged research. Fellowships should include a research component on behalf of an organization, and students have the opportunity to design an independent study or honors project related to their summer work during the following academic year. Preference is given to proposals for work based in Maine, but applications for work throughout the United States are also considered.  

Freedman Summer Research Fellowship Fund (2005): The Freedman Fellowships were established by Alan M. Freedman of the Class of 1976 to support and encourage Bowdoin undergraduates whose field of concentration is computer science to engage in faculty-student summer research projects in interdisciplinary pursuits with emphasis on innovative ideas and concepts such as artificial intelligence, robotics, cognitive modeling, learning, human-computer collaboration, decision-making, speech and language processing, geographic information systems (GIS) and other data-intensive applications, computer and network security, and other computer science-related research, with a preference for students who plan to continue their research at the graduate level. Candidates are identified by the computer science faculty.

Freedman Summer Research Fellowship in Coastal/Environmental Studies (2006): Freedman Summer Research Fellowships, provided by a gift by Dr. and Mrs. Alan M. Freedman ’76, P’08, support Bowdoin undergraduates who wish to engage in a faculty-student summer research project in coastal or environmental studies. These interdisciplinary pursuits may include but are not limited to environmental research, climate issues, biodiversity, water and air pollution, and use and abuse of natural resources affecting coastal Maine or the Maine heartland. Preference shall be given to students majoring in the basic sciences and who plan to continue their research at the graduate level.

Gibbons Summer Research Program (2001): The Gibbons Summer Research Program, established through the gift of John A. Gibbons Jr. ’64, enables rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors to work with members of the faculty on projects that use technology to explore interdisciplinary areas and to develop fresh approaches to the study of complex problems. Students benefit by spending the summer focusing on a complex issue, working closely with a faculty member, and learning how they study and analyze problems.

Global Citizens Grant (2007): The Global Citizens Grant provides first-, second- or third-year students the opportunity to pursue summer volunteer and public service projects with grassroots organizations outside of the United States. The intent is to support student projects that are independently designed and focus on providing direct service by working in local communities. By enabling students to immerse themselves in foreign cultures for a full summer, the Global Citizens Grant aims to encourage a broadening of perspective among volunteers, the foreign communities in which they work, and the Bowdoin community to which they return.

Goldsmith Adams Fund (2003): Established through a gift from Jennifer Goldsmith Adams ’90, this fund supports students’ travel and research in Asian studies, with preference to students doing research in China.

Alfred E. Golz Fellowships (2014): Support research opportunities and internships for history majors and minors during the summer months. These fellowships have been made possible by a generous gift from Ronald Golz ’56 in memory of his father. Students may apply for between $500 and $3000.

Alfred E. Golz Lecture Fund (1970): Established by Ronald A. Golz '56 in memory of his father. This fund is used to support a lecture by an eminent historian or humanitarian to be scheduled close to the November 21 birthday of Alfred E. Golz.

Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internships (2006): The Goodfriend internships, established in 2006 through a generous gift from Robert S. Goodfriend ’57, are awarded to encourage students to pursue summer internships that will develop their business skills and increase their exposure to the business world.

Alfred O. Gross Fund (1957): This fund, established by Alfred Otto Gross, Sc.D. ’52, Josiah Little Professor of Natural Science, and members of his family, is designed to assist worthy students in doing special work in biology, preferably ornithology.

Peter J. Grua and Mary G. O’Connell Faculty/Student Research Fellowships (2007): This fund, created by Peter J. Grua and Mary G. O’Connell, both of the Class of 1976, supports faculty-student research, regardless of discipline. Awards from the fund support student travel that will substantially enhance students’ honors projects or research being conducted under the mentorship of a faculty member, and may also be used to defray students’ research expenses.

Hughes Family Summer Research Fellowship (2005): Established by Jefferson E. and Karen T. Hughes, the parents of C. Andrew Hughes ’05 and Alexandra Hughes ’07, supports students engaged in summer research in environmental studies.

Kappa Psi Upsilon Environmental Studies Fund (1999): The Fund was established by the Psi Upsilon Chapter House Association to support student internships and other programs relating to environmental studies. The ten-week summer internships are coordinated by the Environmental Studies Program and provide several undergraduates with stipends for work with Maine non-profit organizations and governmental agencies or organizations outside of Maine that are dedicated to environmental justice or sustainability. Selection criteria include academic record, students’ interest and experience, and financial need. Student fellows have the opportunity to incorporate their summer work experience into an independent study or honors project. This program is promoted through the Community Matters in Maine fellowship program in coordination with the McKeen Center for the Common Good to strengthen community-campus partnerships across a broad range of disciplines.

Kaufman Family Fund (2007): This fund established by Matthew R. Kaufman ’72, P’02, and Marcia A. Kaufman P’02 supports awards to students conducting research in any discipline during the academic year under the mentorship of a Bowdoin faculty member.

Kibbe Science Fellowships (2003): The Kibbe Fellowships, established by Dr. Frank W. Kibbe, Class of 1937, and his wife, Lucy K. Kibbe, support student research in the sciences.

Fritz C. A. Koelln Research Fund (1972): This fund was established by John A. Gibbons Jr. ’64, to honor Fritz C. A. Koelln, professor of German and George Taylor Files Professor of Modern Languages, who was an active member of the Bowdoin faculty from 1929 until 1971. The income from the fund provides research mini-grants to support exploration of a topic that surmounts traditional disciplinary boundaries. The purpose of the fund is to encourage broad, essentially humanistic inquiry, and is awarded with preference given to worthy projects founded at least in part in the humanities.

Richard B. ’62 and Sabra Ladd Government Internship (2008): This fund encourages students to pursue summer internships that will increase their exposure to the United States federal government. The fund supports students interested in the federal government or a national public policy institute.

Edward E. Langbein Sr. Summer Research Award: Provides support to undergraduates pursuing summer research or advanced study directed toward their major field or lifework. The award honors Edward E. Langbein Sr. and was initially funded through the bequest of his widow, Adelaide Langbein. Their son, Edward E. Langbein Jr., a member of the Class of 1957, continues to support the award, as do other members of the family.

Latin American Studies Student Research Grants (2000): Awarded to Bowdoin sophomores and juniors majoring in any academic discipline, these grants are intended to support student research in Latin America, the Caribbean, or on Latino/as in the US that contributes to a subsequent independent study or honors project.

The Lawrence E. Lifson ’63, P’95 Family Summer Research Fellowship in the Social Sciences (2013): This fellowship was established by Lawrence Lifson ’63, father of Deborah Lifson Vogel ’95. It is designed to support summer research by a student mentored by a Bowdoin faculty member. Preference is first given to students engaged in research in psychology, and secondly to students engaged in research in the other social sciences.

Littlefield Summer Fellowships (2004): The Littlefield Summer Research Fellowships, created in honor of William D. Littlefield, Class of 1922, through the bequest of his wife, Beatrice B. Griswold, support hands-on research in chemistry for students working closely with a Bowdoin faculty member.

Craig A. McEwen Student Research Fellowship in the Social Sciences Fund (2012): Established through a gift from Professor Emeritus Craig McEwen, this fund supports students engaged in research, with first preference given to students engaged in research in sociology and second preference given to students engaged in research in the social sciences and humanities.

McKee Photography Grants (2003): These grants are supported by the McKee Fund for Photography, a fund established to augment the photography offerings within the Visual Arts division of the Department of Art at Bowdoin. The grant is intended to support annually one student photography project during the summer months and a public lecture and exhibition upon completion in the fall. The grant is intended to encourage the student to work independently with advice, even if from afar, from a faculty member to execute a long-term photographic project outside of the context of the classroom.

Thomas Andrew McKinley Family Summer Entrepreneurial Community Service Fellowships (2002): The McKinley Family summer fellowships were established by Thomas G. and Janet B. McKinley, parents of Thomas Andrew McKinley ’06, to fund entrepreneurial endeavors or projects that demonstrate leadership and/or a contribution to the extended Bowdoin community or society; or to fund community service projects that may have a strong impact on the larger community and improve the human condition.

Nikuradse-Mathews Public Interest Summer Fellowship Fund (2006): This fund, established by Scott A. Mathews ’84 and Tamara A. Nikuradse ’84 in support of summer fellowships to Bowdoin undergraduates who receive financial aid, consistent with College policies governing financial assistance to its students, provides fellowships to encourage students to pursue unpaid internships in humanitarian organizations, social service agencies, legal aid societies, public education, and similar settings during the summer.

Paul L. Nyhus Travel Grant Fund (2006): The Nyhus Travel Grant Fund was established by gifts of family and friends in memory of Paul L. Nyhus, Frank Andrew Munsey Professor of History, to support original student research that uses archival or other primary source material for an independent study or honors project in history and the related costs for travel, whether in this country or abroad.

The Anwarul Quadir Fellowship (2012): Promotes understanding of the economic and social progress in Bangladesh and the role that entrepreneurship and business plays in this progress. The Fellowship supports an internship at a business in apparel manufacturing, telecommunications, banking, pharmaceutical, ceramics, software, food production, and other growing industries in Bangladesh.

Paller Research Fellowship (2003): The Paller Research Fellowship, provided by gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Paller P’01, supports ten-week summer neuroscience research projects conducted by students under the direction of Bowdoin’s neuroscience faculty.

Patterson/Baird Family Research Fellowship Fund (2008): This fund honors three generations of Patterson and Baird families: Herbert M. Patterson ’42, Amy Patterson Baird ’78, P’08, P’09, and Bruce C. Baird ’08, and Emily W. Baird ’09. The income from this fund supports student research with a preference for summer research in the humanities.

Ellen M. P’78 and Herbert M. Patterson ’42, P’78 Research Fellowship Fund (2009): This fund celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Patterson’s long association with the College and honors the couple’s daughter, Amy P. Baird ’78, and her two children, their grandchildren, Bruce C. Baird ’08 and Emily W. Baird ’09. The income from this fund supports students engaged in research with a preference to students conducting research in the humanities over the summer months.

Preston Public Interest Career Fund Fellowships (1996): A generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Preston P’91 has provided the College with funds to support students committed to enhancing social justice by serving the needs of the underserved and disadvantaged through policy making, direct service, or community organizing. The Public Interest Career Fund Summer Fellowship Program was established to encourage students to intern for social services agencies, legal services, humanitarian organizations, and public education during the summer, with the hope that they will, as undergraduates, begin to build a foundation for future career development in these areas.

Riley Fellowships (1996): The Riley Fellowships, established by a gift from Matilda and John Riley, promote the education of students in sociology and anthropology through engagement in the research of faculty, in their own independent research, and in the professional worlds of the two disciplines.

John L. Roberts Fund (1958): This fund was established by the bequest of John Leonard Roberts of the Class of 1911. The income from this fund supports mini-grants to underprivileged scholars—except those who are considering becoming a teacher—who wish to conduct research in any field.

Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowships (2001): The Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowships, provided through the generous gift of Geoffrey C. Rusack ’78 and Alison Wrigley Rusack, are open to students in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences involved in projects that bring new insight and understanding to coastal studies. The fund promotes and facilitates student and faculty disciplinary and interdisciplinary study projects at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center, the surrounding coastal areas, and Casco Bay.

Spector Fellowship (2002): This annual fellowship, established by Sherman David Spector ’50, is awarded to graduating seniors and alumni/ae pursuing graduate studies in history and a career in teaching history or social studies at any academic level.

Strong/Gault Social Advancement Internship Grant (2012): Provides support for Bowdoin students to pursue internship experiences within for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as federal and local government agencies that serve economically underdeveloped areas by providing services and innovative programs that benefit a particular community, region, or society at large. 

Surdna Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (1959): An undergraduate research fellowship program established in 1959 was renamed in 1968 the Surdna Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program in recognition of two gifts of the Surdna Foundation. Awarded annually to rising seniors, Surdna Fellowships enable students to engage in independent research in any discipline under the direction of a faculty member. The nature of the project differs from discipline to discipline, but all should give the fellow firsthand acquaintance with productive scholarly work.

Nellie C. Watterson Summer Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts (2007): This fund, established by Paul and Jennifer Korngiebel, of the Classes of 1988 and 1987 respectively, honors Professor William C. Watterson, Edward Little Professor of the English Language and Literature, and his mother, Nellie C. Watterson. The fellowship is designed to foster summer research and learning by students through faculty-mentored and/or structured training in the creative or performing arts (including music, theater and dance, the fine arts, creative writing, and film studies). Fellowship recipients may study under the direction of a Bowdoin faculty member; however, opportunities that cannot be adequately replicated under the direction of a Bowdoin faculty member, yet are deemed essential to a student’s academic program (e.g., participation in major summer festivals, pre-professional training, internships) may also be undertaken.