Associate Professor of Chemistry Kevin Rice in lab with student

Academic Connections

Through innovative collaborations and fundraising success, Colby is connecting our students to the world, positioning them to solve the most vexing issues of our time, and strengthening the areas in which we’re established as leaders.

Announced in Feb. 2017, the Lunder Institute for American Art at the Colby College Museum of Art makes Colby the only liberal arts college with both a world-class art museum and a global research center on American art. Museum partnerships with leading museums give students unique opportunities for research and internships, and visiting artists share new perspectives with students from all disciplines.
Colby is maximizing the potential of its Maine location through creating and enhancing affiliations with the Jackson Laboratory, MDI Biological Laboratory, the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and the Maine Lakes Resource Center, and the Up East Foundation, which provides students and faculty with unique access to Allen Island, a private 450-acre island in midcoast Maine, and to the Herring Gut Learning Center, an alternative school serving the communities of the St. George peninsula.
Students pursuing Colby’s newest major, computational biology, will work with Colby faculty and Jackson Laboratory scientists to conduct research that contributes to solving complex global health challenges including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s.
The Buck Environment and Climate Change Lab, announced in Dec. 2016, will bolster Colby’s renowned interdisciplinary environmental studies program by providing students a variety of new research, internship, and global experience opportunities.
Davis Connects
Starting in fall 2017, Colby’s groundbreaking DavisConnects program will support opportunities for research, internships, global experiences, and postgraduate planning to ensure that all students pursue the experiences that will enhance their learning and prepare them to become leaders in a changing world.
A major Mellon Foundation grant secured in 2016 will expand Colby’s scholarship at the intersection of the humanities and environmental science. A program of our innovative Center for the Arts and Humanities, the grant will empower Colby scholars — both scientists and humanists — to collaborate on innovative solutions to global environmental challenges.
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