It’s a treat for many students to stay on campus for a summer in Maine, using this period of uninterrupted weather (and good weather) to focus on one area of ​​study.

This year, the Office of Scholarships and Research saw a 30% increase in applications for summer research funding. Principal Cindy Stocks said the jump indicates “Bowdoin students are hungrier than ever for these kinds of hands-on experiences.”

An individualized research experience can have a significant impact on a student’s trajectory. “Whether a student is interested in the humanities, arts, social sciences, or STEM fields, the opportunity to independently design a research project under the mentorship of a Bowdoin faculty member can be personally and professionally transformative,” Stocks said. “Often these opportunities lead to honorary projects, research presentations on and off campus, and even publications.”

Student projects span the liberal arts spectrum, from African studies and biochemistry to theater and dance. Although it was difficult to choose which to present, we checked eight projects in the Bowdoin program – in visual arts, anthropology, economics, arctic studies, classics, mathematics, film studies and neuroscience.

Read the stories below by clicking on the names of the students.