Hampden student receives travel grants

Paul A. Howard of Hampden, Maine, a senior history major at Bates College, has been awarded research grants by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute and the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute.

The grants, totaling more than $1,100, will fund research at the Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Mo., and the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kan., from Aug. 19 – 30. Howard will be researching how former presidents influence the U.S. political system for a Bates honors thesis titled, “Institutionalized Elder Statesmen: Determining the Effectiveness of a Formal Role for Ex-Presidents.” Howard’s research is being advised by Christopher M. Beam, director of the Muskie Archives and lecturer in history at Bates.

At Bates, Howard has been an admissions tour guide, a member of the debate team and vice president for the Representative Assembly. A graduate of Hampden Academy, he is the son of Arthur and Courtney Howard of Hampden.

Located midway between the coast and mountains in south-central Maine, Bates is a 142-year old undergraduate college of the liberal arts and sciences and is rated among the top 25 national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. Bates offers majors in 23 academic departments and six interdisciplinary programs and encourages independent study, research with faculty members and participation in off-campus programs. Bates does not require standardized-test results for admission.

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