Deadline to Apply : 06/01/2021

What is a STEM Research and Career Exploration Course?

Introduction to Integrated Science and Career Exploration (INT 188) is a three-credit course at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center designed to introduce high school students to higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This five-week course includes 38 hours of course and lab work during which students undertake a guided research project working with peers and career planning.

  • Students apply basic science, math, and problem-solving skills to investigate a research question that is relevant and engaging.
  • They practice research skills such as study design, graphing, data analysis, critical thinking, and communication, and then apply them in an open-ended investigation that they conduct with peers.

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How do I sign up?

Step 1

Apply through the ExplorEC portal (it’s easy, we promise!)

Step 2

Complete this survey to help us match your experience in INT 188 to your interests.

Step 3

If you have questions please contact us.

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The Details

This course meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, June 28–July 30, from 8 a.m.–Noon at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast.

A symposium will be held on Friday, July 30 from 4-7 pm, where students will share their research projects with the community. Students are expected to be present for all classes and the symposium.

State COVID-19 protocols will be in place which will include social distancing and masks/face coverings. Our desire is to keep everyone as safe as possible.

This course is offered tuition-free for qualified high school students. Students who pay to attend high school in Maine will be charged a reduced Early College rate of $138.25/credit. This includes out-of-state and international students.

About Integrated Science Research and Career Exploration

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Science Research

Two research teams are offered. Participants must select their preference.* 

Environmental Chemistry-Section 0665

Wayward molecules in the environment 

Study different compounds and molecules found in local environments. Possible investigations include microplastics, automobile exhaust, stormwater runoff,  and contaminants in water, air or soil. 

Environmental Biology-Section 0666: 

How do organisms respond to their environments?  

Study how organisms respond when exposed  to different physical, chemical and/or biological  environmental conditions, such as changes in nutrients,  salinity, temperature, carbon dioxide concentrations, microplastics and predation levels. Possible  investigations include measuring rates of growth,  reproduction, feeding or mortality in organisms, such  as algae, shellfish, zooplankton or fish. 

*While we will do our best to accommodate your interests, you should be prepared to work on either team. 

Career Exploration

Career planning is a big part of this course. You’ll have the opportunity to explore different careers through completing virtual interviews with multiple professionals in STEM fields. You’ll have the  opportunity to learn what skills are required in these STEM professions. 

Participating in this course will help you become familiar with the points of entry for various careers, enabling you to identify and map a college plan focused on science, technology, engineering or  mathematics.  

Connecting with businesses and industries can have many benefits, including opportunities for mentoring,  internships and employment. 

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