Weekly Reports High School Student, Maine EPSCoR Intern Wins Poster Contest

The Weekly reported that Andrew Moreira, a senior at Old Town High School, recently earned first place in the High School Poster Competition at the 2015 Maine Sustainability and Water Conference. Moreira’s poster, “Recovering Organic Acids from Water Through Extraction and Precipitation,” derives from the research he conducted through his Maine EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) internship with G. Peter van Walsum, a chemical engineering professor at the University of Maine. Maine EPSCoR at UMaine fosters research and development in STEM disciplines in underrepresented and underserved states, according to the article. It provides Maine high school students with paid, hands-on opportunities to participate in research with UMaine faculty, postdoctoral students and graduate students, the article states.