Bank of America provides $15,000 for Maine State Science Fair at The Jackson Laboratory

Date: February 21, 2012
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Bar Harbor, Maine—The Jackson Laboratory has received a $15,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support the Maine State Science Fair.

Students from all over Maine have applied to participate in the Fair, which takes place March 24 at the Laboratory.

“The Jackson Laboratory continues to have a significant impact on young men and women throughout the state, as evidenced by the dramatic increase in applicants for this year’s event,” said Betsey Timm, Bank of America Maine president. “Exposure to the sciences, through the fair and other programming, has never been more critical.”
Applications from 153 students representing 10 Maine high schools and several home-schooled students arrived at the Laboratory by the Feb. 1 deadline. This represents a 47 percent increase over 2011 Fair registrations.

Participating schools are Deer Isle-Stonington High School, George Stevens Academy, Greely High School, Lawrence High School, Maine School of Science and Mathematics, Morse High School, Mount Desert Island High School, Mt. Ararat High School, Scarborough High School and Thornton Academy.

The Laboratory took over coordination of the Fair in late 2010. Winners of the 2012 Fair will be eligible for the first time in Maine history to participate in the prestigious INTEL International Science Fair, to be held in May in Pittsburgh.

Jackson Director of Educational Programs Randy V. Smith, Ph.D., said, "Excellence in science is critically important to the students of Maine. Participation in the Maine State Science Fair and the opportunity to compete at the international level is a great step forward for our students.  This grant is going to help the fair grow and help our students prepare for the future."

Other sponsors of the 2012 Maine State Science Fair include The Betterment Fund, the Sam L. Cohen Foundation, the Dorr Foundation, the University of Southern Maine, Northeast Institute of Food Technologists, Bowdoin College and Hannaford.

Best known as one of the nation's leading nonprofit genetics research institutions, 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 scientists.


Joyce Peterson, 207-288-6058, The Jackson Laboratory

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