Student Research: Independent Study, Honors, and Student/Faculty Research

Students are encouraged to collaborate with faculty on research projects through independent studies, honors projects (graduation with honors in computer science requires a one-year project that includes a thesis), and fellowship funded summer research. Participation in faculty research provides experience that is invaluable both for graduate study and in industry. Such collaborations can lead to co-authorship of a paper and the opportunity to attend a national or international conference.


Majors with outstanding academic record are encouraged to pursue honors work during their senior year. Honors in Computer Science provides a special opportunity to pursue an extensive project as a computer scientist. Honors projects can lead to a co-authorship of a paper and the opportunity to attend an international conference. A book is awarded, as a prize, annually in the Fall to a senior who has achieved the highest distinction in the Computer Science major program.

Oliver Radwan, '08 Honors

Developing a new solution method for Stochastic Boolean Satisfiability (SSAT).

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Thomas Hazel, '05 Honors

Thomas Hazel, '05 Honors

I/O-efficient shortest path computation on massive grid-based terrains.

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Greydon Foil, '05 Honors

Developing an Autonomous Robot Soccer Team at an Undergraduate Institution.

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Johnathan Todd, '05 Honors

Johnathan Todd, '05 Honors

I/O-efficient refinement of triangulated terrains.

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Mark McGranaghan, '09 Summer Research

Mark McGranaghan, '09 Summer Research

As a James Stacy Coles fellow, Mark spent the summer of 2006 at Bowdoin working with Professor Stephen Majercik on algorithmic analysis of the stochastic Satisfiability problem.

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Oliver Radawn, '08 Summer Research

Oliver Radawn, '08 Summer Research

Working as a Surdna Undergraduate Research fellow, Oliver spent the summer of 2005 at Bowdoin working with Professor Stephen Majercik on autonomous, event-based state creation and event-driven learning in an artificial agent.

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Yi Zhuang, '08 Summer Research

Yi Zhuang, '08 Summer Research

During the summer of 2005, Yi Zhuang spent the summer at Bowdoin College working with professor Eric Chown as a Computer Science Research Intern. Together they worked on studying and improving the visions systems of the Aibos, which is a robot dog we program to play soccer games against other universities and colleges. Additionally, Yi Zhuang spent the summer of 2006 at Bowdoin as a Kibbe Undergraduate Research Fellow. He worked with Professor Laura Toma on I/O-efficient visibility computation on grid terrains.

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Richard Hoang, Summer Research

Richard Hoang, Summer Research

As a Surdna Undergraduate Research Fellow, Richard spent the summer of 2005 at Bowdoin College working with Professor Laura Toma. His main research was to model flow on terrains represented as digital elevation models (DEMs).

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Henry Work, '06 Summer Research

Henry Work, '06 Summer Research

Through a grant with the National Science Foundation, as well as working under the purview of the CS Department and Professor Eric Chown, Henry spent the Summer of 2005 developing a motion control system for Bowdoin's Robocup team, Northern Bites.

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Wyatt Dumas, '05 Independent Study

Wyatt Dumas, '05 Independent Study

Programming Languages: textbook collaboration with Professor Tucker

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Melissa Perrin '05 Independent Study

Using Inductive Logic Programming to Improve the Effectiveness of Negative Advice in a Reinforcement Learning Framework

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