WATERVILLE — Colby College has received a $10 million gift to help build a new science center.

College president William Adams says the gift – from the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund – is one of the largest in the school’s 200-year history.

The 36,400-square-foot science building will house a robotics laboratory, behavioral neuroscience research center and computer laboratories. It will be named the Davis Science Center.

A trustee of the charitable fund – Andrew Davis – graduated from Colby in 1985 and served on the college’s board of trustees from 1999 to 2006.

Nearly 2,000 students attend Colby College.