Mentoring and Support
Since 2000, Bates has participated in the Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS) along with 26 other selective liberal arts colleges. CHAS is dedicated to promoting high achievement, leadership and personal satisfaction of students on member campuses, with a focus on promoting success among students of color.
In 2004, Bates initiated Peer Assisted Learning Groups (PALG’s) in chemistry and physics. TAs or peer tutors also work with students in gateway physics courses, and for several years peer writing mentors have worked with students in gateway biology classes. In addition, the College offers a math workshop with afternoon and evening hours and provides the services of an assistant in instruction in math and statistics to work with students, especially those in gateway courses.
Over the past decade, Bates has gained a national reputation as a leader in science education. In 2004, Bates was one of only nine colleges nationwide that were awarded a fifth, consecutive, major grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to make math and science more inviting to groups underrepresented in those fields, to aid in retention, and, ultimately, to lead toward equitable achievement.
Each summer, nearly a dozen accepted students from first-generation-to-college families or underresourced high schools come to campus before the rest of the incoming class to take two full academic courses with math and chemistry faculty.
With a focus on writing and quantitaitve skills — as well as getting to know fellow students in the campus setting — these science scholars get an early start laying the groundwork for academic and social success.
Phillips Student Fellowships
The College offers students the opportunity to undertake fellowships in international and other culturally distinct settings. The goals of the Phillips Fellowship Program are to:
- Provide an experience of immersion in another culture,
- Provide opportunities for extensive research, service-learning, volunteer work, or career exploration, and
- Provide a student with unique opportunities for intellectual and personal growth.
Learning in culturally-distinct settings
In 2007, Phillips Fellows …
- Empowered girls through English education and employment opportunities in Senegal, enabling them to develop as self-reliant and capable women
- Addressed the cycle of poverty in Cambodia by teaching children English to enable them to gain employment in the tourist industry of Siem Reap
- Joined the Ndere Troupe of Kampala, a Ugandan dance project, to observe East African dance styles of the African diaspora and conservation of neighboring dance cultures
- Explored the cross-cultural perspectives and religious interpretations of cancer and clinical oncology in Bangladeshi communities
- Volunteered at an HIV/AIDS clinic in Cape Town, South Africa to educate people about the risk of AIDS, plan sustainable gardening in malnourished areas and gain new insight on global healthcare through cultural immersion
- Studied the impact of farm life on children in Germany and the contributions of farm settings to animal assisted and horticultural therapy.