When Frances Soctomah makes traditional Wabanki baskets, she uses softened wood cut from ash trees and sweetgrass collected from salt marshes. As she weaves, she carries on a tradition practiced for centuries by the Passamaquoddy people.
This summer, Michelle Kruk '16 is volunteering at several urban gardens located in predominantly low-income, African American communities to explore the encroachment and process of gentrification in her home city of Chicago.
Two Bowdoin students have academic grants from Bowdoin this summer to conduct research relating to food. While their topics are quite different — one is examining the possible impact of farm workers’ rights on small-scale farmers and the other is looking at an immigrant group’s assimilation — both are investigating areas in New York state.
The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, set between the Himalayas to the east and the Taj Mahal to the west, is home to Maggie Acosta ’16 this summer, where she is studying how a government program affects women's experiences of pregnancy and giving birth.
This summer, Briana Cardwell ’17 has a grant from Bowdoin to intern for the Boston chapter of the NAACP. She received a Preston Public Internet Career Fund Fellowship, allowing her to work at a nonprofit staffed entirely by volunteers.
This year, many Bowdoin seniors and alumni were awarded some of the country's most prestigious national fellowships and grants, helping them launch careers in academia, public service, medicine and more.
Courtney Chuang '15, has been awarded the 2015 Sibley Prize. Each year the Sibley Prize is awarded to that member of the Senior class majoring in Sociology or Anthropology who has the highest mid-year general scholastic average in his/her Bowdoin Class.
Hallie Bates '15 has been awarded the 2015 Distinguished Public Sociology and Anthropology Award. The prize is awarded to those students majoring or minoring in Sociology or Anthropology who demonstrate an exemplary engagement in public scholarship/and or community service.
“It wasn’t like anything I had ever experienced,” Kaylee Wolfe said. “The energy of birth — there’s an intensity and an atmosphere that accompanies it. You see the power of a woman’s body. It is awe-inspiring to me.”