The Jackson Laboratory coordinating 2011 Maine State Science Fair

Date: November 16, 2010
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Bar Harbor, Maine -- The Jackson Laboratory is taking over coordination of the Maine State Science Fair as part of its mission to educate the next generation of scientists. The 2011 Fair will take place on April 30 at Mount Desert Island Regional High School in Bar Harbor.

Jackson Director of Educational Programs Randy Smith, Ph.D., says that the Laboratory took on the coordination role when the Maine State Science Fair, with a history of more than six decades, languished for lack of funding. "We feel strongly that Maine cannot be the only state without a science fair," Smith says.

According to Smith, the Laboratory is modifying the rules and scoring so that future winners of the Maine State Science Fair will be eligible to participate in the Intel International Science Fair. "It may take two to three years, but when we reach this goal," Smith says, "Maine State Science Fair students will be able to represent their state in this prestigious international science competition."

Best known as one of the nation's leading nonprofit genetics research institutions and the source of JAX® Mice & Services, The Jackson Laboratory is also an international hub for training and educating scientists. Educational initiatives include programs for high school and college students, graduate students, science teachers, postdoctoral researchers and mid-career biomedical scientists.

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