Gibbons Summer Research Program

Each summer, Bowdoin faculty are invited to apply for funding from the Gibbons Summer Research Program to hire students to help with technological research.

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.

Summer 2020: Call for Proposals

Academic Technology & Consulting is now accepting proposals for the Gibbons Summer Research Program, which funds students to work with faculty on summer projects, especially those that use technology to explore interdisciplinary areas. Your 1-2 page proposal should describe the project, its objectives, participants, and time frame for completion. Additionally, please provide the name of a student (rising sophomore, junior, or senior) you would like to nominate for the Gibbons Summer Research Program.

Proposal Details:

  • Participants (Faculty and Student Names)
  • Project Description
  • Project Objectives and Desired Outcomes
  • Timeframe for Completion (8, 9, or 10 weeks)

The proposal submission deadline is Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Awards will be announced in mid-March.

For more information and/or to submit your proposal, please contact Jennifer Snow at or 725.3707.

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.