James Stacy Coles / Littlefield Summer Research Fellowships in Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry announces the availability of fellowships for summer research in the areas of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The fellowships in honor of Spike Coles, 9th President of Bowdoin College, President of Research Corporation, and Physical Chemist, are funded by a generous grant from the Research Corporation. This program provides an exceptional hands-on research opportunity for Bowdoin College students. Students will work closely with a Bowdoin faculty member on a mutually acceptable research project, full time, for eight to ten weeks in the summer. The fellows will receive a $400/week stipend; housing is subsidized for summer research students.


This program features seminars and discussions on topics ranging from applying to graduate schools to careers the chemical industry. Additionally, the program features many social and informal gatherings over the course of the summer to take advantage of the superb Maine summer climate.

Participating Faculty and Research Areas

The Chemistry Department will be holding a research open house on November 15, 2016 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm in Druckenmiller 20. Each participating member of the department will briefly discuss projects available to summer research fellows or as future Honors or Independent Study projects. This will be a good time to find out what members of the Department do in all of their "spare time" and get a feel for what you might do during your summer break. (More information on each Faculty member's research can be found under their name on the Faculty and Staff page, accessed from the menu on the left.)

Programs Dates and Schedule:

The fellows are expected to participate in a program of summer research. The College makes housing available beginning just after commencement continuing through the summer. The program will provide each fellow with a $400/week stipend and money for research supplies.  The summer program begins in early June. Exact scheduling can depend upon your own availability and that of your advisor. The first week will include safety training, and each participant will present their research at one of our weekly lunchtime seminars towards the end of the summer.


The Fellowships are open to any Bowdoin Student with a preference given to current or prospective Chemistry and Biochemistry majors. We encourage all interested to talk with several of the faculty members listed above so that you might have a clear sense of the wide array of the projects available to you. To apply for a position, please complete and return the application below to Professor Eustis's office (Cleaveland 262) or Emily Murphy (Cleaveland 157A) by noon, Monday, February 27, 2016.

2018 Coles Fellowship Application [PDFPDF]

Slides from November 14th, 2018 informational session. (PDF)