Summer Student Program in Bar Harbor, ME

The Summer Student Program at the Bar Harbor, ME campus offers a unique residential program with abundant outdoor activities in a Maine summer vacation hotspot.

Photo of Bar Harbor Summer Students Roberto, Pura, and Amey

2019 Summer Students (l-r): Roberto Rodriguez Cartagena (Univ. Puerto Rico - Mayaguez), Pura Arroyo (Univ. Puerto Rico - Mayaguez), and Amey Maley (Univ. Illinois Urbana-Champaign).

At a glance:

  • Live in a converted estate with onsite dining and housekeeping services; housemates include ~32 other Summer Students in doubles, triples, and quads, and 5 residential staff.
  • Stay active outside the laboratory. Evening and weekend activities emphasize outdoor pursuits with a focus on hiking in Acadia National Park. Non-outdoor pursuits include hanging out with friends at Highseas (conversation, movies, games), and visiting the many shops, restaurants, theaters, and attractions in the village of Bar Harbor. Medium to small group activities tend to be the norm.
  • Get around by foot, bicycle, JAX van, or your own vehicle (if you drive). Taxis are expensive. Public transportation and Uber/Lyft are limited.

Housing

Students at the Bar Harbor campus reside at Highseas, a 40-room home with a curious history converted to residence hall located about 1 mile from JAX. Highseas is located in a quiet, wooded setting, with expansive ocean views. Students are typically assigned one to four roommates of similar gender, age, and rank. Both shared and private bathrooms are available. The house has many shared spaces including a large common living room, dining room, library, TV/game room, and laundry room. While students should expect to interact with others on a frequent basis, people can readily find quiet and private places to study, read, surf, or be alone.

Dining

Breakfast and dinner are served daily at Highseas. Lunch is provided in the Roscoe’s Café, at the research laboratory. Saturday dinners are prepared by a ‘kitchen crew’ of 4-5 students and staff (everyone will take their turn). Kitchen crew can prepare something simple and easy or get a bit creative to highlight certain dishes that are special to that team. Highseas is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions, with the exception of strict Kosher preparations.

Residential staff

The residential program includes a ‘house family’, usually two faculty and their children, and three residential advisors who are recent college graduates and alumni of the Summer Student Program. The residential staff provides oversight and guidance at Highseas, organizes group activities throughout the summer, and provides general help and assistance to students throughout the summer. Staff host ‘pod’ activities for small groups of students ranging from short hikes, mini golf, to movie nights.

Activities

The Bar Harbor program emphasizes active outdoor pursuits. Many students enjoy hiking the flat to challenging trails in Acadia National Park. Students also enjoy running, boat trips to see wildlife including whales, and swimming. Non-outdoor pursuits include hanging out with friends at Highseas (conversation, movies, games, Netflix), and visiting the many shops, restaurants, theaters, and attractions in the village of Bar Harbor. Medium to small group activities tend to be the norm.  Unique to the Bar Harbor program are outdoor adventures including whitewater rafting the opportunity to camp and hike the tallest mountain in Maine. Whitewater rafting is done in June and is led by professional river guides. Participants are provided wetsuits and all protective equipment to ensure a safe and fun trip.

We welcome student-led activities. If you are passionate about something in particular...bring it to the program!

Students have 24/7 access to the JAX fitness center on the research campus.