Media advance STEM research, career symposium at Hutchinson Center

Penobscot Bay Pilot and Republican Journal reported the public is invited to attend a free research and career symposium 5–7 p.m. July 12 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The event will feature a keynote address by Kristina Cammen, an assistant professor of marine mammal science in UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences. The 11 students from seven area high schools who are enrolled in the UMaine course, Introduction to Integrated Science and Career Exploration, will share the results of their research, career-planning and job-shadowing experiences at the symposium with poster presentations and talks, according to the reports. The UMaine course is an early college STEM research course designed to introduce high school students to higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In the 38 hours of course and lab work, students undertake a guided research project with peers. They also participate in eight hours of job shadowing and career planning with local STEM-related businesses, the reports state.