Overview

Incoming first-year students: Do you love science and math?

Students work on science project at Bates CollegeDo you enjoy working with others to tackle complex problems? Are you passionate about bringing diverse perspectives to science and math?

The Bates Science Fellows are a select group of students who meet once every week during their first year at Bates to explore science and math in a shared-learning environment. Working closely with Bates physics professor John Smedley, Science Fellows apply concepts they are learning in various Bates science courses to current issues, from the impact of climate change to the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria and the impact on public health.

Bates Science Fellows learn to think like scientists, honing their study skills and science chops in a rigorous and fun learning environment. They explore what the life of a scientist is like, through faculty and alumni guest lectures and field trips. They gain experience to make them competitive candidates for positions as summer researchers and science mentors. And they form lasting friendships with students who share their interests. Bates Science Fellows earn one-half credit each semester, yielding a full course credit by the end of the first year.

The Bates Science Fellows Program is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty. For more information on the program, please contact Assistant Dean Kerry O’Brien at (207) 786-6065 or kobrien@bates.edu.