A summer bridge program for incoming Colby students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences
The Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences (CAPS) offers hands-on research experiences in biology, chemistry, environmental science, and other scientific disciplines.
Sasha G. Alcott, CAPS Coordinator
5770 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901
The Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences (CAPS) begins with a Colby-funded summer research and academic experience that equips select incoming students with the quantitative, laboratory and academic skills necessary to excel in natural science courses. Students earn a stipend for their participation in CAPS as well as one academic credit hour. All transportation, room and board for participants are covered by the college.
During the summer of 2023 the program will run during the last week in June through the end of July.
CAPS participants spend five weeks at Colby during the summer prior to their first year conducting investigations with professors, completing science-focused course work, learning about the various resources available on campus and getting to know each other as well. Students also spend time reflecting on their learning and exploring how personal values motivate researchers. Crafted by Colby faculty members, this program is specifically designed to help students become well-versed in scientific research methods in the lab and field, to get to know professors, and to create lasting bonds with their classmates—a formula for success in the sciences at Colby.
At the end of the five-week experience, students give formal presentations on one module that was particularly interesting and engaging for them.
Approximately 10 students participate in the program each summer. CAPS classes are a mix of talented, motivated students from groups traditionally underrepresented in scientific fields, international students, and first generation students with aspirations to enter scientific and/or medical fields.