Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine seeks to expand opportunities for more diverse faculty, staff, and student populations.  Diversity brings different perspectives, skill sets, and helps broaden our vision. We recognize that geographic and societal challenges exist that require pragmatic solutions with achievable and measureable goals. Maine EPSCoR strives to enhance diversity in all elements of EPSCoR programs while increasing participation of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

2018 Maine EPSCoR Seed Grants

Maine EPSCoR is pleased to announce the availability of the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) SEED Grant program. The purpose of this program is to develop partnerships with organizations and institutions to increase K-20 STEM opportunities through outreach and education programs, and activities that are aligned with SEANET’s project’s research initiatives across the state of Maine.

The maximum award request for the Maine EPSCoR SEED Grant for Fall of 2018 is $20,000. Applications are due September 5, 2018. For more information about this grant, click here or contact Laurie Bragg, Outreach and Program Manager, 207.581.2295 or laurie.bragg@maine.edu. Please use the application below to submit your proposal.

2018 SEED Grant Application

  • (Name, address, phone, email, principal officer)
  • (Name, partner, address, phone, email)
  • Please list any key project personnel who are responsible for the actual oversight & implementation of this project. They can be at this or another organization, paid salary support under grant funds or cost share, or donating time.
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  • Please provide a concise one or two sentence description of your project. We will use this abstract in our records, newsletter, and for reporting to the National Science Foundation.
  • Please include a brief statement about current STEM needs that will be addressed through this grant in the context of sustainability aquaculture.
  • Please describe the project's overall goals, and at least one key outcome that will be used to measure it's success.
  • Please specify this project's targeted audience(s) (ex: Girls, Native Students, 5th graders, etc.) and give an estimate of the number of participants that will be impacted through this work. Please also specify the geographic area that will be served.
  • Please provide a brief description of the activities that will take place in order to meet the project's goals and objectives. Include a timeline for each activity. (Note: If this project has more than one target audience, indicate who will be served by each activity).
  • Please provide a brief description of the roles of key project personnel and collaborating partners involved in this project.
  • Please describe how will you assess the project's success in meeting it's stated goals. How will you measure the impact on both the target audience and your organization/institution? Please also describe anticipated project outputs (immediate, observable products) or outcomes.

Support Women in STEM

The US Department of Commerce recently reported that women only occupy 24% of the nation’s STEM jobs. This a shocking number when you consider that women make up 48% of the country’s workforce.

Job openings in STEM industries are projected to grow by over 19% in the next decade making it more important than ever to support women in their academic and career goals within science, technology, engineering, and math. Our team at BestColleges.com is extending support through the publication of two new guides: 

  • Women in STEM: an editorial exploration on the state of women in STEM with several interviews from women in the industry and a collection of scholarships.
  • Career Guide for STEM: featuring paths of study, specializations, job options, as well as an interview with a woman with 23 years of experience working in STEM.