Through the CARA (Colby Academic Research Assistants) Program you can conduct real research from the moment you set foot on campus. The CARA Program links Presidential Scholars with one of Colby’s outstanding faculty members to work on a research project in an area of mutual interest during the first year. CARA fellowships are paid positions, and Presidential Scholars who choose to participate (the program is completely voluntary) work up to eight hours per week on a research project that they select from a rich array of offerings.
Students have recently had opportunities to work with faculty members on projects as varied as the artistic implications of graffiti on religious frescoes, the antimicrobial components of frogs’ skin secretions, infant and child cognition and depth perception, rating U. S. Senators, and atmospheric change.
Immersive research experiences like these give Presidential Scholars an extraordinary head start toward career goals, graduate school preparation, fellowships, and internships. If you are a Presidential Scholar interested in being part of the CARA program, you can use the on-line request form to indicate your preferences for projects. Projects are subject to availability.