Alternative Winter Break Trips Focus on Complex Social Issues

Video by Salome Lepez Da Silva Duarte ’19

Bowdoin’s Alternative Winter Break program, launched five years ago, offers students a chance spend a week in January doing intensive, meaningful work.

Each year, the McKeen Center oversees two AWB trips. Both are always planned and led by student volunteers who want to focus deeply on a specific social issue in Maine, such as homelessness or immigrant education.

This year, two trips took place: Reproductive Justice, led by Penelope Lusk ’17 and Harriet Fisher ’17, and Immigrants & Refugees, led by Thanh Tran ’19 and Ellen Pham ’18. Read more.

‘This Semester We’re Excited About….’

When we walked through the Smith Union recently, asking students about what they’re most looking forward to this semester, many spoke about eagerly anticipated classes.

Go here to read more about their classes.

Women Computer Science Majors Talk Gender, Why They Love Their Field, and Jobs

When a group of female students from Bowdoin traveled this fall to Houston, Texas, for the world’s largest technical conference for women in computing, several returned with a solid offer for a job after graduation.

The women went to Houston ready to impress. All the work they had put into their computer science studies at Bowdoin came in handy during the highly technical interviews they had with recruiters at the conference.

In addition, they also had help from a student group called Bowdoin Women in Computer Science, which organizes an expedition each year to the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Associate Professor of Computer Science Laura Toma credits the group with increasing the numbers of female computer science students at Bowdoin.

Grace Handler ’17 and Madeline Bustamante ’17 founded BWICS in 2014. Not only does the group academically support computer science students at Bowdoin, it also helps prepare them for professional success. Read more about BWICS and watch some of its members talk about why they love computer science and how they think the field can attract more women.

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Bowdoin Wins Beckman Scholars Award for Scientific Research


Beckman scholar Sara Spicer ’18

Students who wish to pursue high-level scientific research at Bowdoin have received a big boost.

Bowdoin College has once again won a Beckman Scholars Award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. The grant will bring in $104,000 over the next three years to support four student-faculty pairs doing research in the fields of chemistry, biology, neuroscience, and medicine. Bowdoin is one of only 11 colleges across the country to receive the award this year.

Bowdoin previously won Beckman Scholar Awards in 2005, 2010, and 2014. Read more.