Be curious about many scientific disciplines.
Often, it’s the combination of two or more disciplines that provide the most innovative and creative solutions to problems. Explore a variety of scientific fields through classes and internships and get in the habit of talking to scientists in different fields.
Talk to researchers and scientists.
You think you’re interested in Mathematics? Have you developed a passion for Marine Biology? Maybe you’re curious about Neuroscience? Explore Bowdoin’s departmental website and learn about the research interests of the faculty—then reach out. Bowdoin faculty thoroughly enjoy meeting students interested in their research, whether you are just starting to learn about the field, or you have already read a stack of papers on the topic. Researchers beyond Bowdoin are also eager to share their work. CXD advisors can help you find researchers, and coach you on how to make a connection.
Pursue research opportunities at Bowdoin and beyond.
There are fantastic ways to get exposure to research at Bowdoin—and get funding. Check out Bowdoin Fellowships and Research, and also explore individual departments of interest. There are also vast research opportunities outside of Bowdoin, through both formal programs like Research Experiences for Undergraduates, and created experiences that can be funded through the Funded Internships Program. CXD can help you find opportunities and prepare your application materials.