Mariya Ilyas '13 and Amar Patel '13.
Juniors Mariya Ilyas and Amar Patel, as well as Sustainable Bowdoin, have received awards from Maine Campus Compact, a consortium of 18 higher education institutions dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement and service learning in higher education.
Twenty-six students have won grants that will allow them to pursue ambitious projects or work this summer while not worrying about money.
Every year, Bowdoin’s Office of Career Planning invites students to apply for one of the five internship funds it administers. These grants have been set up by alumni and parents to allow students to pursue work experiences that would otherwise be unpaid. Many of the students end up interning at a nonprofit organization or for-profit business, while others create their own project. The students disperse around the world, from New York to Peru, or stay closer to home in Maine, to work in an orphanage, work for a public health NGO, set up an import/export business for Ghanaian artisans, work for a Russian TV news show in its South Asian bureau, and much more.
“All the grants have a different focus, and have been set up by different alumni,” Dighton Spooner, associate director of career planning, explains. “They provide opportunities for students to explore careers and fields that they may have an interest in, or that they want to build experience in. It’s critical for career development.”
Click here for the 2012 funded-internship recipients.
Bowdoin’s competitive robotics team, Northern Bites, played recently at the annual 2012 RoboCup U.S. Open, held in the Sidney J. Watson Arena. Though Bowdoin didn’t come up tops in the competition, team advisor and professor of computer science Eric Chown said he was pleased with the team’s performance. Adding to their challenge of programming robots to autonomously play soccer, students this year also had to teach their robots how to distinguish between two identical yellow goals. In previous years, the goals have been different colors, helping the robots determine which side of the field they were on.
This video captures a slice of the action at the recent RoboCup games.
Allison Springer '97 is presented the Pinnacle Cup Trophy by USET Foundation Trustee Bruce Duchossois. Photo: USET Foundation.
Placing second at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Allison Springer ’97, of Upperville, Va., was awarded the Pinnacle Cup by the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation Sunday, April 29. The highest placed U.S. pair, Springer and her 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Arthur, took the lead in the dressage phase of the competition. Her impressive finish in the event, which also comprised cross-country and show jumping events, marks a significant step toward representing the U.S. in the 2012 London Olympics.
Acclaimed artist Mark Wethli, Bowdoin’s A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art, ventured to Paris for his latest opening and was met by familiar faces from the Bowdoin community. Wethli’s abstract art has been featured in exhibits across the U.S., from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to the Realist Gallery in San Francisco.
His latest launch at the ParisCONCRET gallery drew members of the art community as well as Craig Bradley, former dean of student affairs, and his daughters, one of whom is a member of the Class of 2016. See images of Wethli’s recent work and pictures from the Paris opening.