Academic Life


Bowdoin Wins Beckman Scholars Award for Scientific Research

The grant will bring in $104,000 over the next three years to support four student-mentor pairs pursuing research in fields related to chemistry, biology, neuroscience, and biochemistry.


Bowdoin Economist Uses Pollution Satellite Data to Assess China’s GDP

Economist Stephen Morris and his research partner, Junjie Zhang of Duke Kunshan University, have sought out alternative methods to determine what’s actually happening on the ground in China. The puzzle has forced them to get creative — and to use tools from outside the usual economist’s toolbox.

"Penny for Your Thoughts," Louisa Lindgren ’19

To Be Seen: A Semester of Art at the Edwards Center

For the Visual Arts department’s end-of-semester open house on Dec. 9, the Edwards Center for Art and Dance was transformed into a temporary museum filled with riveting works.


Revisiting an Arctic Mystery

On a practical level there was an urgency about this archaeological trip to Greenland, brought about by the fact that the landscape is altering rapidly due to climate change.


Studio Tour: Art Professor Jackie Brown’s Biomorphic Sculptures

If the door to Jackie Brown’s studio happens to be open as you are walking down the Edward Center for the Arts second-floor hallway, and you happen to glance in, you’ll see a vision that looks as if it could have been lifted from the pages of a fantastical children’s book.


Bowdoin Historian Questions the ‘Wolves’ the Pilgrims Met

Strother Roberts is researching the role of domesticated dogs in pre-modern North America, questioning how wild or domesticated they were, and how they contributed to Native American civilization.


Economics Students Tackle Free Trade Questions, as Historic Agreements Hang in the Balance

Assistant Professor of Economics Gonca Senel asked her students to weigh in on some of the key issues relating to free trade that policymakers in the US and beyond are dealing with at the moment.


Author Junot Díaz to Launch Symposium Examining Plight of Haitians in Dominican Republic

“We are bringing to campus scholars who can help us make sense of this crisis, who will explain the long history that links these two neighboring countries together even as it rips their peoples apart.”

Lyes Salem. Photograph:  Savannah Simmons-Grover

Visiting Artist, Filmmaker Lyès Salem Inspired by French-Algerian Roots

The Algerian-born filmmaker and visiting artist in Francophone studies is teaching a seminar class on creative writing and filmmaking in which he will help students produce one or two short movies, in French.


President’s Symposium Shines Light on Student Research

Approximately 150 students worked with faculty advisors this summer to answer difficult questions and uncover new knowledge in a range of disciplines, from computer science and chemistry to theater and English. Each summer, students who wish to do intensive research are supported by many different fellowships, a number of which are offered by Bowdoin. Most of the student […]


Video: Students Honored on Sarah and James Bowdoin Day

In this year’s ceremony, 236 students were named Sarah and James Bowdoin scholars, and twenty received of them received Book Awards.


Professor Ghodsee Speaks on the Re-emergence of Nationalism in Eastern Europe

The Institute for Advanced Study, where Albert Einstein lived and worked after he fled to the US, recently invited a Bowdoin professor of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies to speak on memory projects about World War II and the Cold War.


The Trial of Galileo: A First-Year History Seminar Re-enactment

In intense discussions, first-year students debated the appropriate punishment for a man who had been accused of heresy for his notions that the earth orbited the sun.


Michael Franz Discusses Political Advertising on Television

The presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has been described as one unlike any previous campaign; Mike Franz says that’s true of political advertising, as well.

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Bowdoin Historian Tapped as Finalist For Slavery Book Prize

Bowdoin Professor of History Patrick Rael has been selected as one of five finalists for the Harriet Tubman Prize, which honors nonfiction books that examine slavery, the slave trade, or anti-slavery movements in the Atlantic World.


Big Bowdoin Math Conference Draws Luminaries, Students

Bowdoin hosted the American Mathematical Society Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting in late September. Between 300 and 400 mathematicians visited, reserving every single classroom on campus for a two-day conference that included three plenary speakers, eighteen special sessions, and thirty-five undergraduate research presentations—including five Bowdoin students.

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Bowdoin Economist Finds Globalization Has Not Varied Our Diets

Erik Nelson, assistant professor of economics, is the lead author of new study that finds the impact of globalization is less than expected when it comes to the food we grow and eat.


Instant Coffee, Soy Sauce, Prints: Visiting Artist Teaches Non-toxic Printmaking

In a recent printmaking class, visiting artist Liz Chalfin taught students how to prepare plates with a solution of instant coffee and water. Later, the students cleaned their plates with soy sauce instead of the typical ammonia.


The Strange Career of Jim Crow North and West

“The overall theme concerns how racial discrimination looked outside the South during much of the last century and how citizen activists addressed those problems.”


The Untold Stories of Three Black Women Activists

Three biographers of black female activists recently gathered at Bowdoin for a roundtable event to discuss the commonalities and differences in the historical figures they study.