New grants for Maine State Science Fair at The Jackson Laboratory from the Betterment Fund, Sam L. Cohen Foundation and Dorr Foundation

Date: January 25, 2012
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Bar Harbor, Maine—The Jackson Laboratory has received grants totaling $55,000 from The Betterment Fund, the Sam L. Cohen Foundation and the Dorr Foundation to support the Maine State Science Fair.

The Betterment Fund grant provides $10,000 a year to support the Fair for three years. Grants of $15,000 from the Dorr Foundation and $10,000 from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation will help to fund the 2012 Fair on March 24 at The Jackson Laboratory. The funding will support the Laboratory’s goals of expanding participation by schools and students throughout the state.

Nancy Brain, executive director of the Sam L. Cohen Foundation, said, “The Foundation directors and staff recognize that the Maine State Science Fair is a valuable resource for our community.”

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.

In a recent editorial, Jackson Associate Director and Chair of Research Robert E. Braun, Ph.D., noted, “It’s our belief that students who discover the fun and excitement of doing science will be more interested in careers in science. Talk to many of the world’s top scientists and they’ll tell you stories of how participating in science fairs transformed them by showing them they enjoyed science and were good at it.”

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution and National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif., a planned institute for genomic medicine in Farmington, Conn., and a total staff of about 1,400. Its mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing human disease, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.


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

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