Summer Research Opportunities

On Campus Opportunities

There are a wide variety of opportunities to undertake meaningful summer research at Bowdoin. Summer research in the Department of  Earth and Oceanographic Science gives students a chance to become immersed in a project where they can synthesize and apply elements of their classroom learning. Faculty will identify opportunities on an annual basis. Please visit the  EOS Faculty Page to see our list of faculty and to explore their individual research and teaching dossiers.

A list of student projects can be found on our Student Summer Research page.

Bowdoin Summer Fellowships

On campus summer fellowships are available for students covering a wide variety of academic research. Students should make appointments early with a member of Earth and Oceanographic Science Faculty to discuss individual requirements when working on a summer research project.

Apply for a summer fellowship.

Off Campus Opportunities

Pathways to Science is a web site that is a clearing house for both fellowships, scholarships and internships. It allows you to search by discipline, region, etc.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) covers a variety of disciplines and is hosted by a variety of institutions.

To begin your search, try these search terms on the NSF site:
Earth Sciences
Oceanography
Polar Programs

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship, a two year program that includes a summer research opportunity at participating NOAA lab as well as academic scholarship support for two years. Students must apply their sophomore year.

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships Project (SURF) through Caltech (California Institute of Technology) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. 

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Summer Student Fellowship.