Osborn Ng’imor ’18 Builds a Library in Kenya

When Osborn Ng’imor ’18 was growing up in West Pokot, a region in Kenya on the border of Uganda, he said there were few books for him to read. Despite the paucity of literature around him, Ng’imor excelled at school and was accepted at Bowdoin.

Now he wants to bring books to other Kenyan students, to improve their education and boost their opportunities. This summer, he received a Thomas A. McKinley ’06 and Hannah Weil McKinley ’08 grant from Bowdoin Career Planning to build the first public library in West Pokot. Read more about Osborn Ng’imor’s library.

2016 Gibbons Fellows Use Technology to Solve Complex Problems

This summer, eleven students are using and adapting technology to explore interdisciplinary areas and foster “fresh approaches to the study of complex problems.” They are collaborating with professors in a range of disciplines, from government to art and neuroscience. Their work is funded by the Gibbons Summer Research Program, which was established by John A. Gibbons, Jr. ’64 to encourage interdisciplinary thinking and work.


Bowdoin’s 2016 Gibbons Fellows by Bowdoin College on Exposure

Green Summers: Case Studies of Environmental Internships

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(L. to r.) Jesse Chung ’18, Alex Vasiliou ’18, Casey Krause ‘17

Each summer, many Bowdoin students pursue internships or jobs in the environmental field. Some are supported by college grants, particularly from Bowdoin Career Planning and the Environmental Studies program. We checked in with three students who have College fellowships this summer to work on behalf of the the environment.

Read about Casey Krause’s internship with immigrant farmers in Maine; Alex Vasiliou’s work with a Maine company turning food waste into renewable energy; and Jesse Chung’s involvement with an international NGO based in D.C.

Animal Rescue Internship Gets Alexa Horwitz ’19 Closer to Goal

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Alexa Horwitz ’19 and Silver 

When Alexa Horwitz ’19 first stepped onto the campus of Main Line Animal Rescue, a no-kill animal rescue organization in Chester Springs, Penn., tears came to her eyes.

The seventeen-year-old nonprofit, which cares for 336 adoptable cats, dogs, rabbits, and guinea pigs, is located on about 60 acres of fields and forests crisscrossed with trails for volunteer dog walkers. A red barn has been converted into offices and training areas. In Main Line’s conference room live two FIV-infected male cats that like to cuddle up and groom one another. An elderly dog nicknamed Sand Crab waddles around the development office.

This summer, Horwitz received a grant from Bowdoin Career Planning’s funded internship program to support her while she works at Main Line.

“When I was younger and pictured what I wanted my animal rescue organization to look like, this was exactly what I pictured,” Horwitz said recently, speaking at a picnic table outside her office while two kitties sitting inside on a cat tree studied her. She said she’s known since she was a child that she wants to dedicate her life to helping animals and to reducing the 4 million or more pets euthanized in the US each year. Read more about Alexa Horwitz’s internships—and about Silver, her officemate.