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Public Outreach - Orono High School Research Experience

This program provides Orono High School students with the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research with faculty at the University of Maine. Students may work with faculty in the fields of Engineering, Wood Science and Forestry, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Biochemistry, Economics, and many other fields.

This program will be a true research experience and should not be considered as a “summer job”.

Students will be paid approximately $9.50/hour for their work. Students will be responsible for their own transportation.

Eligibility: Any Orono High School student who is 16 years of age or older (as of June 1, 2010), and who has an overall average grade of 85 or higher is eligible for this program.

Application Process: Students must 1) complete an application, 2) submit a current high school transcript, 3) obtain one letter of recommendation from a teacher, and 4) obtain a signed permission form from a parent/guardian.

Student Commitment: If selected, each student must 1) commit to a minimum of 6 weeks of paid full-time work (approximately 30 hours per week) during the period of June 1st  to August 31st, 2) attend the program orientation session  3) attend safety training sessions and pass required safety tests, 4) write weekly reports and submit them to your advisor, 5) write a final report on completing your summer research, and 6) present your project in the fall in a symposium. In addition, students have the opportunity to register for “University of Maine Research Experience” – a one credit elective course during the fall semester. In this course, the students will continue their research, write a report (a mini-thesis) based on the research completed, and present their work at the Academic Fair in March, 2011.

Assignment of faculty mentor: Students will rank their top three choices of areas of interest, e.g. chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, forestry, math, etc.  Assignments to specific research groups will be made that reflect these choices as well as the educational background of the student and the faculty participating in the program.

Orientation: Students will participate in an orientation session that will be scheduled in May or early June.  This orientation will provide students with an overview of the UMaine Research Experience.

For more information please contact:

Mr. Jim Chasse, Principal, Orono High School, 866-4916,

Mr. Jeff Owen, OHS science teacher, 866-4916,

Dr. Barbara Cole, Professor of Chemistry, UMaine and UM coordinator of this program, 581-1188,

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Department of Chemistry
156 Aubert Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207)-581-1169 | Fax: (207)-581-1191
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System