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Summer Undergraduate Research Assistantship - Application

The Maine Physical Sciences Partnership (MainePSP) invites applications from undergraduates in Maine to participate in a seven-week summer program on the University of Maine campus during the summer of 2014. The MainePSP is a major initiative funded by the National Science Foundation to improve the teaching and learning of physical sciences, targeting grades 6-9 and University of Maine courses. It involves teachers in Hancock, Penobscot, Waldo, and Washington counties, University faculty, staff, and students, and partnership members from the Institute for Broadening Participation, the Maine Department of Education, the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, and SERC Institute.

2012 SURA fellows with Dr. Mitchell Bruce and Medea Steinman in front of UMaine Black Bear sculpture and flower beds

2012 SURA Fellows (clockwise from top left: Justin Lewin, Paige Gallagher, Divya Bisht, faculty advisor Dr. Mitchell Bruce, PSP Placement Coordinator Medea Steinman, Ashley Ballanger, Erika Thayer and Becky Allen)

Students will work as part of a team of instructors and students preparing for the upcoming academic year by learning about, teaching, and critiquing lessons from the MainePSP common instructional resources being implemented across 44 middle schools and high schools in Maine. The students will also be involved in research projects investigating learning from this curriculum.  

There is the possibility for continued employment during the subsequent school year working part-time assisting in MainePSP school classrooms.

Successful applicants should be undergraduates seriously interested in careers in science and/or mathematics teaching.  Preference will be given to those who have a strong background in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines and who are attending colleges and universities close to the partnering districts.  All undergraduate research assistants must be available to work full time from June 16th through August 8th, including availability to participate in the MainePSP Summer Academy, to take place June 23rd – June 27th at the Schoodic Institute at Schoodic Point, Winter Harbor, Maine. The salary is $750 per week.  Housing is only provided during the week of the Summer Academy.

To apply for a position in the SURA Program, please click on this link:   Please also send your resume and academic transcript to with your name in the subject line. Any questions should be directed to this email address as well.

Review of applications will begin February 10, 2014, and continue until all positions are filled.  WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BY FEBRUARY 7TH.

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