Getting Started

Getting Started with Research 

Unfortunately, due to COVID distancing, construction and staffing issues, 2021 summer on-campus research opportunities in the Chemistry Department have been filled.  The department prioritized rising seniors and those students who deferred their research last summer for available slots for positions this year but is looking forward to a normal summer in 2022, during which we anticipate working with many more students than we are able to accommodate this year.  Those students who have already arranged their 2021 summer work with a faculty member should talk with their mentor about funding.   

 Students get started engaging in collaborative student-faculty research in many ways.  Students can enroll in an independent study or honors research project during the academic year and receive credit for their research experience.  Students participating in summer research will spend 8-10 weeks conducting research in collaboration with faculty, supported by a stipend and funds for research supplies. Additionally, there are many off-campus summer research opportunities at other institutions.

How do you get started finding a research opportunity?

 
Finding a research opportunity for the academic year. If you are interested in academic year research, you should start by making connections with faculty members to learn about research opportunities.  You can use faculty web pages to learn more about ongoing research and then, reach out to faculty members and ask to meet. Faculty always love talking to students about their research projects!  Make sure you provide some lead time before course registration.

 

Finding a research opportunity for the summer.  Bowdoin offers many funding opportunities for summer research through institutional and departmental fellowships.  More information about pursuing research opportunities at Bowdoin or off-campus can be found here.  Again, get started by making a connection with a faculty member and be sure to attend the chemistry research information session that is generally held during the fall semester.  Note that we advise getting starting thinking about the summer during the fall semester.  On-campus fellowship applications are due in February; application deadlines for off-campus fellowships may be earlier.