Changing Oceans participants have a track record of success. Most go on to graduate school or work in ocean-related positions. Recent graduates have enrolled in Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment graduate program in coastal management, been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Tromso, Norway, and joined the Peace Corps in the Philippines doing coastal research work. Others have returned to Bigelow Laboratory to continue research.

Success Stories: Recent Colby-Bigelow Graduates

Marianne Ferguson '14Marianne Ferguson ’14

Duke University master’s program in environmental management with a concentration in coastal management at Nicholas School of the Environment
Majors: Environmental Science (focus in marine science); Science, Technology, and Society
Veazie, Maine | John Bapst High School

“I love the ocean. I’m really interested in the coast and how people interact with it. I had an awesome marine policy professor [at Colby] who really helped me out, Loren McClenachan, and the Bigelow Laboratory program was a great experience. It made me realize I didn’t want to be in a lab all the time, but it gave me a great background in the science itself.”


Maeve McGovern '14Maeve McGovern ’14

2014 Fulbright Research Fellow studying hyperbenthic food webs in Arctic marine ecology in Norway
Majors: Biology; Art
Stowe, Vermont | Stowe High School

“This program is excellent and is for any student interested in the sciences. It provides a preview of real-world academia as well as a firm understanding of the world’s oceans, which are related to nearly every scientific field out there. It’s a lot of work and a lot of science, but the time spent with the scientists and fellow students allows for bonding and friendships that wouldn’t necessarily occur on campus.”


Grace Reville '14

Grace Reville ’14

Coastal Research Worker, Peace Corps, the Philippines
Major: Environmental Science
Stamford, Connecticut | Academy of Our Lady of Mercy

“The reasons I qualified to be an environmental volunteer were my semester at Bigelow, my semester abroad, which was a marine-focused program, … and my internship this summer at Oceana, which I got through the ES Program at Colby. All of my environmental classes counted, but it was the cumulative experience that meant the most.”


Kathryn Moore '14Kathryn Moore ’14

Staff Research Associate, University of California San Diego, Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment
Major: Chemistry-Environmental Science
Minor: Physics
Vienna, Virginia | Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

“My experiences at Bigelow, starting with the Colby semester program, helped me get to where I am now, mostly through the opportunity to continue conducting research during my junior and senior years at Colby. The semester program provided a hands-on, in-depth introduction to physical, chemical, and biological oceanography with a focus on lab, presentation, and research experience. I found the field-techniques class and independent research aspects of the program to be the most valuable, providing not only a chance to conduct research with top scientists, but also multiple opportunities to present our findings to a critical audience that was familiar with the subject matter. My independent research project … led directly to spending the following summer at Bigelow, again working with senior research scientists Steve Archer and Patricia Matrai.”