Student Life

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Working on the Maine Coast: Students Get Involved in Fisheries, Island Research

Several students this summer have internships to work with local nonprofits that are working to strengthen the natural resources and communities of coastal Maine.

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Fish, Plants, Books: College Student Trevor Kenkel ’18 Grows a Business

Last winter, in addition to taking four courses and studying, Kenkel oversaw the construction of a 6,000-square-foot greenhouse and a state-of-the-art water heating and pumping system. A few weeks ago, Kenkel and his crew of three employees and four interns began harvesting their first greens — four types of lettuce, plus cilantro, mizuna, basil, bokchoi and tatsoi.

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Two Students Investigate Cultures Through the Lens of Food

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.

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Town Intern Bridger Tomlin ’17 Links Land Preserve to its Past

Bridger Tomlin ’17 has been researching the history of a Brunswick settlement that was deserted in the 1950s when it became the site of the now defunct Navy base.

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Sarah Washington ’17 Pursues Arabic Study With Scholarship

To support her study of Arabic at college, Sarah Washington has received a $10,000 academic scholarship from the Qatar Foundation International.


Physics Majors Help Explore Frontiers of Space

Two physics majors from Bowdoin are interning with NASA this summer. Davis Unruh ’16 is based at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Roya Moussapour ’17 is at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.


At D.C. Leadership Institute, Courtney Koos ’16 is Putting Her Government Studies to Work

This summer, Courtney Koos ’16 is at the The McCain Institute in Washington DC, where she is working alongside and learning from experts in the policymaking field.


Bowdoin Art Students Pursue their Craft from Coast to Coast

From southern California to midcoast Maine, five Bowdoin students are pursuing self-directed artistic endeavors with the help of Bowdoin’s Kaempfer Art Grants.


Maggie Acosta ’16 Studies Birthing and Pregnancy in India

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.

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A Summery Picnic for Bowdoin Students and President Rose

On Thursday, College President Clayton Rose hosted a picnic for students who are living on campus through the summer doing research, interning for local organizations, or working. The event was held on the lawn outside 79 Federal St., next to Rose’s new home.

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From the Mouths of Bowdoin Organic Garden Interns

April Mendez ’18 is a Bowdoin Organic Garden intern this summer. She reflects on her first month’s work in a short post.


Morgan Rielly ’18 Follows His WWII Book with One on Young Immigrants

Morgan Rielly is interviewing about 30 people between the ages of 14 and 25 who, as children, left their homes to immigrate to the United States with their families. “They have incredible stories, like the WWII veterans,” Rielly said. “I want my community to know about these people, too.”

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Michael Butler ’17 Helps Develop Rainforest Products to Benefit Local Communities

Michael Butler ’17, who has a funded internship grant from Bowdoin to work at Runa, said he was drawn to the opportunity because he’s interested in forest conservation, natural resource management, social enterprise and “developing new products that aren’t bad for the world.”

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Kai Wise ’18 is Living History at Timberline Lodge

This spring while researching a paper for an environmental studies class, William “Kai” Wise ’18 ended up with a job offer.

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Helping One Person at a Time, Briana Cardwell ’17 Counters Racism

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.

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Global Map Locates Students Around the World

Bowdoin’s Digital and Social Media team have put together a map to track students’ summertime locations.


Native American Students Make Bowdoin Home for a Week

Nearly 100 Native students from across the country, including from Alaska and Hawaii, recently gathered on Bowdoin’s campus to learn the ins and outs of applying to colleges and for financial aid.

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Round-Up: Fellowships, Scholarships Take Students Far Into Studies

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.

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French Consulate Honors Jean-Paul Honegger ’15

“As president of the French club, the Famille Francophone, Jean-Paul has singlehandedly done more for the diffusion and visibility of all things French and francophone on campus than any other student we have known over all our years at Bowdoin,” Associate Professor of Romance Languages Katherine Dauge-Roth said.

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Tuning Into WBOR, Bowdoin’s Beloved Freeform Radio Station

WBOR 91.1-FM is run by a crew of devoted students — this year, management consisted of 14 students plus one community member (who runs the station during school breaks). Many more students, professors and locals hosted weekly one-hour music and talk shows.