Bowdoin Science Scholars

Bowdoin Science Scholars (BSS) supports selected students of color, first-generation college students, and low-income students through college-level sciences and mathematics. 

The program traditionally takes place in January. However, this year (2020-2021) it will take place during the academic year. 

The program, which is by invitation, provides students with various opportunities to create connections and strengthen their academic skills.

Chemistry beakers

See what our BSS 2019 students did in the classroom, outside the classroom, and in the lab!

Program Overview

  • A strong connection with your advisor provides you with a supportive advocate to help navigate a new college experience.  BSS students are matched with a pre-major academic advisor (a professor) in the natural sciences who works closely with them throughout the first year.  
  • Weekly meetings with faculty directors (Prof. Stephanie Richards from the Biology department and Prof. Michael Danahy from the Chemistry department) and peer mentors to hone skills necessary for success in the sciences.  We’ll have fun, too! 
  • BSS students have access to a THRIVE Peer Mentor, an upper-class peer mentor who assists with study skills, time management, academic adjustment, and understanding student life at Bowdoin. 
  • Participation in BSS is by invitation. Students do not need to be physically on campus in the fall…virtual participation is welcomed!
Two students work with professor in chemistry lab
Professor Mike Danahy works with students in the chemistry lab during BSS 2018.
Group of students poses in front of the library
BSS students in January 2019