July 11th -July 15th, 2016

Join us this summer for a five-day Summer Institute in Advanced Placement Biology at Bowdoin College in historic Brunswick, Maine!

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APSI General Information

Hosted by Bowdoin College, this Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute offers both experienced and new AP Biology teachers the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the AP course while having the opportunity to explore downtown Brunswick. Within a 10-minute walk, you can access great local dining options, coffee and gelato shops as well as the Concord Coach bus station and Amtrak train station.

Course Description

Designed for both experienced and new AP Biology teachers, this AP Biology Summer Institute will focus on techniques to introduce and reinforce all aspects of the AP Biology curriculum framework (the four “Big Ideas”, the seven Science Practices, the Learning Objectives, etc) with a particular emphasis on moving your lab program toward guided, student-designed, inquiry-based labs.  Participants will engage in an extensive hands-on lab experience, which will include lab prep, experimental design, data analysis, and presentation.  Labs will include those found in the AP Biology Lab Manual, as well as many alternatives. During the week time will also be devoted to teaching strategies (including using case studies and POGIL), course design, how to develop a syllabus with the new framework, the AP exam, textbook selection, and lab equipment requirements and ordering information.  Participants are asked to bring their 2016/17 academic year calendars, a calculator, their own laptop (if possible), and a favorite lab or other activity to share.  

Registration Information

2016 AP Summer Institute in Biology Registration Form (PDF).

To register, please download, print and complete the registration form and mail it to the address listed on the form.  Please contact our office at (207)725-3433 or summerprograms@bowdoin.edu with questions regarding registration and accommodations.


Pam Bryer is an Introductory Biology Instructor and the Director of Laboratories for the Bowdoin College Biology Department.  As a College Board consultant for over 15 years, she has conducted AP Biology workshops and summer institutes around the country.  She teaches biology to high school students in the summer Upward Bound program, has conducted Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) sponsored summer workshops for high school teachers, has published articles on simplified lab techniques for introductory/AP biology, and presents at local, regional, and national conferences.  Pam is currently the Maine representative to the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT).

Accommodation Information

Bowdoin's Dining Services has received consistent recognition as one of the top food service programs across colleges and universities in the United States. Our dining staff takes great pride in providing a healthy and sustainable menu while you are on campus. You will have the added benefit of enjoying the harvest of Bowdoin's organic gardens. All meals feature vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free menu options and we can accommodate most food allergies with minimal inconvenience for you. A lobster bake (a Bowdoin College specialty) will be included for all participants.

Participants requesting residential accommodations will recieve single bedroom housing in one of the College's dorms or College houses. Full bed linens will be prepared in advance of your arrival with two towels and a washcloth. All rooms include access to the guest wireless network, laundry facilities, and a shared lounge area.