Technology Fellows Target Old Mongolian Maps, Tourette’s, and Teacher Mentorships

2017 Gibbons Fellows

Each summer, Bowdoin faculty are invited to apply for funding from the college’s Gibbons Summer Research Program to hire students to help them with technological research. John A. Gibbons, Jr. ‘64 established this grant program to enable students and professors to explore interdisciplinary projects and to develop fresh approaches to the study of complex problems. This year, nine students received Gibbons funding to work on research projects in oceanography, politics, arctic studies, neurology, history, education, psychology, and Italian and German studies.

Read about one student’s work with a long-lost Mongolian manuscript, another’s attempt to improve student teacher mentors in the sciences, and a third’s work to develop online therapy for people with Tourette syndrome.

The Gibbons Program is administered by Bowdoin’s Academic Technology & Consulting group.

Jenny Ibsen ’18 Maps a Changing Portland Waterfront

The task of explaining how a city became what it is has traditionally fallen to historians, or perhaps novelists. But a Bowdoin student is spending her summer preparing to create a different sort of account of the Portland waterfront.

Jenny Ibsen ’18 has Phocas Family Fellowship from Bowdoin to start her capstone project for her self-designed major of urban studies.

In addition to writing a thesis paper, she will be creating an interactive website that combines journalism, sociology, art, and history to tell the story of a transforming Portland waterfront.

Jenny Ibsen ’18 Maps a Changing Portland Waterfront