Featured Student Research

Research Projects

Research projects are arranged with the approval and advice of a sponsoring faculty member, and are usually closely related to that person's on-going research. Students seriously considering research should contact members of the faculty with whom they might want to do a project (see faculty profiles section for each faculty member's areas of interest) and discuss research options, time commitments, etc., in order to reach a mutually agreed-upon project of the student's design. The academic year is not the only time a student may pursue research within the biology department.

Research at the Schiller Coastal Studies Center and the Bowdoin Scientific Station at Kent Island

Many students work on research projects during the summer at facilities such as the Schiller Coastal Studies Center or the Bowdoin Scientific Station at Kent Island. Often students work on with faculty members who have received grants. Juniors often start their research project in the summer before their senior year and continue that research throughout the academic year, culminating in an honors project.

Seniors have also been able to continue their research through the summer after graduating. To aid students in their research, a number of options are available. Periodically, fellowships from different granting agencies and foundations are made available for the purpose of supporting undergraduate research, and faculty often have stipends on their research grants specifically for student support.

Students should inquire with the Biology faculty about these possible sources of funds.  

Caleb Gordon ’18, completed a research thesis in the Jackman lab using a CRISPR/Cas9 mutagenesis and GFP visualization approach to carefully examine the function of several genes during embryonic tooth development. He is currently a graduate student in Geology & Geophysics at Yale.
Caleb Gordon
Zoe Wood 18, did research at the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island and in the Jones lab in Biology, studying the host-plant preferences of meadow spittlebugs. Her honors thesis work has been submitted to the journal, Northeastern Naturalist, for publication.
Zoe Wood
Aidan Coyle '17, investigated the connection between genetics and temperature tolerance in invasive European Green Crabs in the Gulf of Maine, including the waters of the nearby Schiller Coastal Studies Center. His exciting findings of a mitochondrial connection to freezing tolerance under the mentorship of Dave Carlon and Sarah Kingston resulted in an award-winning research presentation and is being submitted for publication.
Aidan Coyle