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Advanced Placement Summer Institute in Biology

Office of Events and Summer Programs

The Summer Programs Information Desk is located on the first floor of Coles Tower. The desk is open 7 am to 9 pm, 7 days a week, during the summer. Please visit us if you have questions or concerns while on campus. We want to make your stay at Bowdoin as pleasant as possible.


Join us next summer for a five-day Summer Institute in Advanced Placement Biology at Bowdoin College in historic Brunswick, Maine!

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APSI General Information

Hosted by Bowdoin College, this Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute offers both experienced and new AP Biology teachers the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the AP course while having the opportunity to explore downtown Brunswick. Within a 10-minute walk, you can access great local dining options, coffee and gelato shops as well as the Concord Coach bus station and Amtrak train station.

Course Description

Designed for both experienced and new AP Biology teachers, this workshop will provide an introduction to the most important aspects of the newly revised AP Biology curriculum with a particular emphasis on moving toward guided, student-designed, inquiry-based labs.  Participants will engage in an extensive hands-on lab experience, including lab prep and data analysis, with labs that fall under the “Four Big Ideas”.  Lab exercises will include those in the new AP lab manual as well as many alternatives. Discussions will include ways to modify and adapt your existing labs to fit the new AP Biology Science Practice Standards.  During the week, time will be set aside for discussions on different teaching strategies and activities, course design, how to develop a syllabus with the new framework, and the new exam.  Participants are asked to bring their 2014/15 school calendar, a calculator, their own laptop (if possible), and a favorite lab, project, activity or other assignment to share with others.

Registration Information

Registration information will become available in January, 2015.  If you have any questions about the institute in general please contact our office at (207)725-3433 or summerprograms@bowdoin.edu.


Pam Bryer is a laboratory instructor and director of laboratories in the biology department at Bowdoin College. She has been in charge of the laboratory component of the introductory biology program at Bowdoin since 1980. She earned her B.S. and M.S. in Biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Since 1985, Pam has taught high school students in the summer Upward Bound Program at Bowdoin, and has conducted a teachers' workshop since 1994.

Accommodation Information

Bowdoin's Dining Services has received consistent recognition as one of the top food service programs across colleges and universities in the United States. Our dining staff takes great pride in providing a healthy and sustainable menu while you are on campus. You will have the added benefit of enjoying the harvest of Bowdoin's organic gardens. All meals feature vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free menu options and we can accommodate most food allergies with minimal inconvenience for you. A lobster bake (a Bowdoin College specialty) will be included for all participants.

Participants requesting residential accommodations will recieve single bedroom housing in one of the College's dorms or College houses. Full bed linens will be prepared in advance of your arrival with two towels and a washcloth. All rooms include access to the guest wireless network, laundry facilities, and a shared lounge area.