Research

Test your big questions and bold ideas.

Connect To Experts

Colby gives students in every major and discipline the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the world. Professors are encouraged and resourced to launch research initiatives that double as student learning experiences.

Colby offers undergraduate research across the curriculum. You could travel the globe with your professor to address the great challenges of the 21st century, or collaborate with scientists to tackle the problems of the world at leading research facilities in Maine.

We provide the resources for students to learn by doing—in laboratories, in classrooms, and in the field. This empowers students to connect their education to the world while preparing them for future success in graduate schools and careers.

Colby Labs

The Buck Environment and Climate Change Lab will connect students from many disciplines to organizations in Maine and beyond focused on these important issues. Students will conduct research on Maine’s coast, lakes, and forests, working closely with faculty to understand changes to complex systems and the effects of those changes. Their internships in organizations focused on environmental issues will be paid through the Buck Lab, and they will travel to and learn from leaders in the field.

Colby faculty who are selected to create Global Labs will expand our students’ awareness of and engagement with international and global topics, highlight connections between local and global issues, contexts, and concerns, and promote the establishment of new global research partnerships.

Other Research Opportunities

  • The Colby Liberal Arts Symposium: Held each spring since 2000, CLAS features research from all disciplines presented by more than 500 students. Talks, poster presentations, and performances represent significant research conducted by students.
  • The Senior Scholars Program gives students an opportunity to devote significant time to a major project in their final year. Alumni report that senior scholars projects gave them an advantage getting into and succeeding in graduate programs.
  • The Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) provides opportunities for students to conduct biomedical research in collaboration with partner organizations, including Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, The Jackson Laboratory, and the University of Maine.
  • Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences begins as a summer program that helps students from diverse backgrounds develop leadership skills in the sciences.
  • The Colby Undergraduate Summer Research Retreat, begun in 2008, is a two-day retreat in The Forks, Maine, held in July and dedicated to student research.
Photo: Student researchers in the Colby Achievement Program for the Sciences on Allen Island, Maine, summer 2017.