Maine State Science Fair March 23 at The Jackson Laboratory

Date: March 5, 2013
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Bar Harbor, Maine—Nearly 300 high school students from throughout Maine will converge on Bar Harbor this month to attend the Maine State Science Fair at The Jackson Laboratory.

The Fair is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited, and the Laboratory is seeking volunteers to help with logistics on the day of the event.

Applications from 270 students representing 14 Maine high schools and several home-schooled students arrived at the Laboratory by the Feb. 1 deadline. This is a 76 percent increase over 2012 Fair registrations.

The Laboratory took over coordination of the Fair in late 2010, revising the rules to conform to international standards so the winning students could qualify for the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest science fair. Last year Meagan Currie of Greely High School in Cumberland, winner of the 2012 Maine State Science Fair, and runner-up Sam Wood of Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham, became the first Maine students ever to participate in the INTEL Fair in Pittsburgh.

"After the INTEL experience last year, it seems that many Maine students are taking this competition far more seriously and the quality of the questions they are asking and the research they are doing is impressive," says Billie Cunningham, The Jackson Laboratory’s education outreach coordinator. "I’m excited to see what the future holds for these students how the Maine State Science Fair empowers and inspires them." 

The top three winners of the 2013 Maine Fair and their mentors will travel to Phoenix in May for this year’s INTEL event.

Sponsors of the 2013 Maine State Science Fair include Bangor Savings Bank, Bank of America, The Betterment Fund, the Sam L. Cohen Foundation, the Dorr Foundation, Jane’s Trust, Hannaford Supermarkets, the Eagles Lodge Motel and an anonymous donor.

Volunteers for the Fair can contact Cunningham at 288-6087 or through email. There is also an online registration form for volunteers.

The Maine State Science Fair is one of The Jackson Laboratory’s many initiatives for training and educating scientists at all levels, including programs for high school and college students, graduate students, science teachers, postdoctoral researchers and mid-career scientists.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif., and a new genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn. It employs a total staff of more than 1,450. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

Contact(s):

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

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The Jackson Laboratory
600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609-1500
Phone: 207-288-6058 (journalists only)
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Fax: 207-288-6076
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