This January, four Bowdoin history majors visited cities in France, Chile and England to dig deep into archives and pull out primary documents that opened windows onto history.

The four students —  Jennifer McMorrow ’14, Hillary Martin ’14, Georgia Whitaker ’14 and Jack Mensik ’14 — traveled with funding from the Bowdoin history department’s Paul Nyhus Travel Grants. The grants range from $250 to $2,000, and are awarded to students to do archival research anywhere in the world, whether that’s in a community in Maine or half the world away.

Since the Nyhus grant program was founded in 2006, the department has disbursed $33,450 to students working on independent studies and honors projects. One student used a Nyhus grant to travel to Buenos Aires to investigate public health campaigns to eradicate tuberculosis. Another used his Nyhus grant to research the origins of pollution in the Androscoggin River, which flows through Brunswick, Maine.

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