Student Life


Move-In Day Impressions from the Class of 2019

On Wednesday, Bowdoin welcomed approximately 500 incoming first years to campus. Reporters Talia Cowen ’16 and Elina Zhang ’16 caught up with a few members of the incoming class of 2019 during their first day on campus.


First-Year Students Arrive, Park, Unpack, Hug, Begin Next Chapter

The Class of 2019 arrived on campus yesterday, and with help from other students, their families and Bowdoin staff, they unpacked their luggage and met their roommates before setting off on their orientation trips.


Nicole Von Wilczur ‘18 Researches the Parental Roots of Human Temperament

This summer, Nicole Von Wilczur ’18 split her week between research on toddler temperament and working at the Children’s Center where she often had to to moderate the temperaments of toddlers.


Passamaquoddy Frances Soctomah ’14 Weaves Together Past and Present

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.


Arctic Student Staff Sorts Through the Past, Designs for the Future

Two of the students who worked for the Arctic Museum this summer — Tanisha Francis ’18 and Will Brockett ’18 — explored the museum archives, inspecting old objects for damage. Two others — Wildon Kaplan ’17 and Inho Hwang ’16 — designed new technology to enhance the museum experience.

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Spending a Summer on an Island of Birds

Stratton Island, a National Audubon bird sanctuary located off the coast of Old Orchard Beach, is part of Project Puffin, a longterm bird restoration project in Maine. This season, Browning-Kamins was past of the island’s four-person crew that lived on the island for the entire summer to protect and monitor its bird nest colonies.

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Food Scan: Students Collaborate on Local Farm-to-People Project

For the past two months, four students have been collaborating on a project to track where food comes from, and where it goes, in Brunswick and 13 nearby towns. After their food assessment is complete, it will be used by local advocates to figure out how to provide more healthy food for schools and low- and middle-income households.


In Chicago, Michelle Kruk ’16 Researches Gardening-Gentrification Link

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.

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‘Community Matters’ Fellows Work on Social and Environmental Problems

More than two dozen students this summer have grants from Bowdoin to intern for local organizations working on environmental, humanitarian or policy issues. The Community Matters in Maine Summer Fellowship program places students in a range of Maine-based organizations for 10-week internships, from town agencies and art organizations to housing authorities and environmental nonprofits.

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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.