Pulver Science Scholars

The Pulver Science Scholars Program expands upon Colby’s record of offering rigorous scientific undergraduate research opportunities. Pulver Scholars exhibit a deep affinity for scientific research and discovery, an unbridled sense of intellectual adventure, and a commitment to making a significant, positive impact on the world. Once on campus, scholars collaborate in an intellectual exchange, learning from each other, faculty, and visiting scholars in the sciences to emerge with the skills necessary to address the world’s most complex challenges. Read more about what the Pulver Science Scholars Program has to offer.

Disciplines range from physics, geology, math, statistics, and neuroscience to chemistry, biochemistry, biology, psychology, computer science, and data science.
Pulver Scholars come from across the country and all over the world – Brazil, China, Ghana, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Turkey, and Vietnam.

Established by a generous gift of Trustee David Pulver ’63, this extraordinary program creates guaranteed opportunities for 10 selected students per class to study some of the greatest problems of modern science through an integrated approach that cuts across traditional science disciplines working under the mentorship of world-renowned scientists.

Each Pulver Science Scholar is guaranteed funding for two research or internship experiences to explore the science disciplines of their choice. They may select from curated programs offered through the Linde Packman Lab, or they may design their own opportunities with guidance from program mentors.

For more information, contact Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Hannah Hartnett ’21.

An expansive network of partnerships

Pulver Science Scholars have access to internship opportunities and research experiences at the world’s most prominent scientific research and discovery organizations. 

Jackson Laboratory

The Jackson Laboratory is among the world’s leading biomedical research organizations, which allows Colby students to work on discovering genomic solutions for disease in the quest to improve human health.

Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory

A leading innovator in biomedical research, MDIBL is a world-class science education institution that offers students hands-on research opportunities that encourage creative thinking and entrepreneurship in the sciences.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Through a long-standing partnership with Dr. Loren Walensky, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Cancer Biology at Dana-Farber, Colby students perform cutting-edge cancer research in his laboratory.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering

Through a two-year summer internship, Colby students work closely with Dr. David Solit, director of the Marie-Josée & Henry R. Kravis Center for Molecular Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

National Human Genome Research Institute

Under the National Institutes of Health, the largest biomedical research organization in the world, Colby students have access to genomic research in the lab of renowned geneticist Dr. David Bodine ’76.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Work alongside senior research scientists in East Boothbay, Maine, studying oceanography and climate change in the Gulf of Maine and around the world.