Gibbons Summer Research Program

Each summer, Bowdoin faculty are invited to apply for funding from the Gibbons Summer Research Program to collaborate with students on projects that use technology to explore interdisciplinary areas.

The Gibbons Summer Research Program was established by John A. Gibbons, Jr. '64 to enable students who are rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors to work with members of the faculty on projects that use technology to explore interdisciplinary areas and to develop fresh approaches to the study of complex problems. The students benefit not only by spending the summer focusing on a complex issue, but, as importantly, working closely with a faculty member, and learning how they study and analyze problems. Because the Gibbons Program values interdisciplinary work and thinking, students do not need to be working on projects in their major.

For more information about the program and its opportunities, contact Jennifer Snow (

Stephanie Sun '18 with maps from Inner Mongolia

Stephanie Sun '18: Charted environmental change by studying old maps from Inner Mongolia (1930-2010).

Walker Kennedy '15: Developed software to help students learn complex rhythms in traditional Afro-Latin music.