First-year students and sophomores: 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 your unique perspective to science and math?

The Bates Science Fellows are a select group of students who meet once every week during their first year and/or sophomore year at Bates to explore science and math in a shared-learning environment. Working closely with Bates faculty, 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.

NEW in 2018-2019! Sophomore Science Fellows! A second year of the Science Fellows Program is launching in 2018-2019. Participants may be continuing Science Fellows or sophomore science and/or math students who wish to join the program. The Sophomore Science Fellows Program is directed by Karen Palin, lecturer in biology.


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.