Freedman Summer Research Fellowship in Coastal/Environmental Studies

Established in 2008 with a gift from Dr. and Mrs. Alan M. Freedman ’76, P’08, the Freedman Fund provides support for a Bowdoin undergraduate who wishes to engage in a faculty-student summer research project in coastal or environmental studies. This interdisciplinary pursuit may include, but is 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 will be given to students majoring in the basic sciences and who plan to continue their studies at the graduate level. At the conclusion of the project, a final presentation of approximately three minutes, preferably in video format, will be made available to the public on the Web.

First-years, sophomores, and juniors may apply. Current seniors are ineligible.

Students opt to carry out 8, 9, or 10 weeks of research. Students should discuss with their faculty mentors what would be the appropriate duration of their fellowship and consider their own research goals and availability as well as their faculty mentors’ availability when making this decision.  Selected fellows are expected to commit full-time effort to their research project and faculty mentors must approve the duration of the fellowship period.

The Freedman Fellowship offers $400 a week, therefore an 8-week fellowship carries an award of $3,200, a 9-week fellowship carries an award of $3,600, and a 10-week fellowship carries an award of $4,000. 

If requested and approved during the application process, fellows may also be reimbursed for up to $500 for justified research related expenses (e.g., laboratory/art supplies, analytical costs, and travel beyond the local area to conduct field work or to visit an archive).

Should a faculty mentor feel that a fellow is not making sufficient progress toward the research goals set forth in the fellow's proposal, the College reserves the right to discontinue funding.

Student Projects. Watch the videos below to learn about recent projects completed by our Freedman fellows!

Hannah Miller '17

James Sullivan '16

Anna Hall '15