Scholarships and Awards

High school students showing their posters at Maine State Science Fair 

Category Awards

Category awards will be awarded to the top three projects (1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize including both individual and team projects), in each designated category of the Maine State Science Fair.

Categories include research and engineering areas across all STEM fields including, but not limited to: biological and behavioral and social sciences, biomedical sciences, chemistry, computer sciences, environmental and ecological sciences, energy, mathematics, physics, and plant sciences.

Special Awards

Special Awards will be awarded across categories to acknowledge student achievement in a given research area.  Some special awards include:

  • The Jackson Laboratory Future Innovator Award - recognizing outstanding research and engineering projects by 1st year students
  • The Reach Center Award - recognizing outstanding research and engineering projects by students from schools new to the MSSF
  • Intel Computer Science Award - recognizing the most outstanding project in computer sciences
  • National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Award - recognizing the most outstanding project in ocean, weather, and atmospheric sciences
  • Stockholm Junior Water Prize - recognizing the most outstanding project in water and watershed research

Scholarships

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The University of Maine (Orono) will offer up to 12 full-tuition scholarships to students distinguished by the quality of their scientific inquiry or engineering design innovation presented at the Maine State Science Fair.

Eligibility: Scholarship candidates include Maine high school juniors and uncommitted seniors who present at the Maine State Science Fair.  Students must indicate that they wish to be considered for the U Maine scholarship competition.

Selection: Students will be selected on the quality of their project, as determined by judges from the University of Maine. Up to 12 scholarships will be awarded across all MSSF categories.

Scholarship: Awardees will join the UM Top Scholars Program. This program includes a full tuition scholarship to The University of Maine, admission to the UM Honors College, match with a faculty mentor, and an annual research supply budget.  The scholarship is renewable for up to four years with a maintained 3.3 GPA.

 

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College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor) will offer up to two $20,000 tuition scholarships

Eligibility: Scholarship candidates include Maine high school juniors who present at the Maine State Science Fair.  Students must indicate that they wish to be considered for the COA scholarship competition.

Selection: Students will be selected on the quality of their project, as determined by judges from College of the Atlantic. Up to two scholarships will be awarded.

Scholarship: This award provides a $20,000 scholarship renewable for up to four years with a maintained 3.0 GPA or equivalent, and full-time enrollment at COA.

 

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University of New England (Biddeford) will offer up to five $5,000 scholarships in the categories of Animal Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Environmental Sciences.

Eligibility: Scholarship candidates include Maine high school juniors and uncommitted seniors who present at the Maine State Science Fair.  Students must indicate that they wish to be considered for the UNE scholarship competition.

Selection: Students will be selected on the quality of their project, as determined by judges from UNE. Up to five scholarships will be awarded across four categories: Animal Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Environmental Sciences.

Scholarship: This award provides a $5,000 scholarship, renewable for up to four years, on top of whatever merit and need-based scholarship the student is awarded once they are accepted to UNE.

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The University of Southern Maine (USM) will offer up to two full-tuition scholarships to students distinguished by the quality of their exhibits and connected studies presented at the Maine State Science Fair.

Eligibility: Scholarship candidates include Maine high school juniors and seniors who are uncommitted and present at the Maine State Science Fair. Students must indicate that they wish to be considered for the USM scholarship competition.

Selection: Students will be selected on the quality of their project, as determined by judges from the University of Southern Maine. Up to two scholarships will be awarded across all MSSF categories.

Scholarship: This program includes a full tuition scholarship to The University of Southern Maine.  The scholarship is renewable for up to four years.

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York County Community College

Up to five $1,000 tuition scholarships are offered to first year students who enroll in the Computer Science program. Scholarship candidates include Maine high school juniors and seniors who are uncommitted and present at the Maine State Science Fair. These are one-year, non-renewable, scholarships.

Northern Maine Community College

One full-tuition scholarships will be offered to a first year student who enrolls in the Water Treatment Tech program. Scholarship candidates include Maine high school seniors who are uncommitted and present at the Maine State Science Fair. This is a one-year, non-renewable, scholarship.

Central Maine Community College

One scholarship will be offered to cover the cost of tuition and fees for one semester to a first year student who enrolls in the Life Sciences program. Scholarship candidates include Maine high school juniors and seniors who are uncommitted and present at the Maine State Science Fair. This is a one-semester, non-renewable, scholarship.

Southern Maine Community College

One scholarship will be offered to cover the cost of tuition and fees for one semester to a first year student who enrolls in the Marine Sciences or Biotechnology program. Scholarship candidates include Maine high school juniors and seniors who are uncommitted and present at the Maine State Science Fair. This is a one-semester, non-renewable, scholarship.

Washington County Community College or Southern Maine Community College

One scholarship will be offered to cover the cost of tuition and fees for one semester to a first year student who enrolls in the Coastal Fisheries / Marine Technology program. Scholarship candidates include Maine high school juniors and seniors who are uncommitted and present a marine biology project at the Maine State Science Fair. This is a one-semester, non-renewable, scholarship.

 

Logo St. Joseph's College of Maine

St. Joseph's College of Maine (Standish) will offer two $2,500 renewable scholarships to be used toward SJC of ME tuition to students who participate in the Maine State Science Fair and whose projects demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence, detail, and understanding.

Eligibility: Scholarship candidates must include Maine high school juniors and uncommitted seniors who present at the Maine State Science Fair. Students must indicate that they wish to be considered for the SJC of ME scholarship competition.

Selection: Students will be selected based on the quality of their project, as determined by judges from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. Up to two scholarships will be awarded.

Scholarship: This award provides a $2,500 scholarship, in addition to any merit scholarship the student is awarded upon admission and enrollment at Saint Joseph’s College. This award is renewable for up to four years, for a total of $10,000, as long as students remain in good academic standing.

UMaine at Augusta

University of Maine at Augusta will offer up to two $1,500 tuition scholarships.

Eligibility: Scholarship candidates include Maine high school juniors and seniors* who present at the Maine State Science Fair.  Students must indicate that they wish to be considered for the UMA scholarship competition.

Selection: Students will be selected on the quality of their project, as determined by judges from UMA. Up to two scholarships will be awarded.

Scholarship: This award provides a $1,500 scholarship renewable for up to four years, given that students remain in good academic standing.

 

Logo of Husson University

Husson University will offer up to five $1,000 tuition scholarships.

Eligibility: Scholarship candidates include Maine high school students who present at the Maine State Science Fair. Students must indicate that they wish to be considered for the Husson scholarship competition.

Selection: Students will be selected on the quality of their project, as determined by judges from Husson University. Projects in all categories are eligible for a Husson scholarship.

Scholarship: This award provides one non-renewable $1,000 scholarship that the student may use for any Husson course including summer, online, on an either full or part-time basis. Full-time enrollment at Husson University is not a prerequisite.

* Eligible seniors include those students who have not already committed to attend a college or university other than the scholarship-awarding institution listed here.

Annual Award Winners

Maine State Science Fair
Saturday, March 28, 2020
held statewide, online

Grand Awards


1st Grand Award – Vetri Vel, Bangor High School, Real-time Fall Detection System for the Elderly Using Deep Learning and Thermal Imaging

2nd Grand Award – Amara Ifeji, Bangor High School, Using Biofiltration Media and Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) to Enhance the Phytoremediation of Heavy Metals from Stormwater Reconstructed Wetlands

3rd Grand Award – Patrick Wahlig, Falmouth High School, Precision and Relative Accuracy of Striped Bass Age, Proportional Length, and Origin Estimates from Both Scales and Sagittal Otoliths of Maine Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis)

Scholarships


The University of Maine
Meaghan Caron, Bangor High School
Hannah Dunn, Bangor High School
Nicholas Geiser, Bangor High School
Matthew Hafener, John Bapst Memorial High School
Grace Kessler, Maine Coast Waldorf School
Rachel Kingsley, South Portland High School
Ariel Larrabee, Hancock County Technical Center
Alexander Maker, Washington Academy
Alexandria Morgan, Washington Academy
Lilian Nowak, Bangor High School
Swetha Palaniappan, Cape Elizabeth High School
Vetri Vel, Bangor High School

College of the Atlantic
Aniela Holtrop, Maine Coast Waldorf School
Ariel Larrabee, Hancock County Technical Center

University of Southern Maine
Josephine Ek, Robert W. Traip Academy
Adam Taddia, Baxter Academy for Technology and Science

University of New England
Beau Briggs, Nokomis Regional High School
Jenna Drake, John Bapst Memorial High School
Marian Easton, Nokomis Regional High School
Josephine Ek, Robert W. Traip Academy
Natalie Shields, Medomak Valley High School

St. Joseph’s College of Maine
Owen Arsenault, Noble High School
Natalie Shields, Medomak Valley High School

University of Maine at Augusta
Alexandria Morgan, Washington Academy
Wade Wahlig, Falmouth High School

Husson University
Meaghan Caron, Bangor High School
Ariel Larrabee, Hancock County Technical Center
Alexandria Morgan, Washington Academy
Patrick Wahlig, Falmouth High School
Wade Wahlig, Falmouth High School

Category Awards


Animal Sciences – Behavior and Ecology
1st - Alexander Maker, Washington Academy, Using DNA Markers to Determine Source of Origin from a Mixed Stock Fishery - The West Greenland Atlantic Salmon Recreational Fishery
2nd - Lilian Nowak, Bangor High School, Assessing the Water Quality of Arctic Brook and Kenduskeag Stream Using Benthic Macroinvertebrates
3rd - Maria Castellanos, John Bapst Memorial High School, Mean Gulls: A Behavioral and Dietary Study of Larus marinus and Larus argentatus on Mount Desert Rock

Animal Sciences – Nutrition and Development
1st – Patrick Wahlig, Falmouth High School, Precision and Relative Accuracy of Striped Bass Age, Proportional Length, and Origin Estimates from Both Scales and Sagittal Otoliths of Maine Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis)
2nd – Hannah Dyer, George Stevens Academy, How Does Food Type Influence Larval Development in the Green Sea Urchin?
3rd – Amelia Jalbert, Carissa Lucas, Falmouth High School, Ocean Acidification and its Effect on Oyster Shells

Behavioral Sciences – Cognitive Psychology
1st – Molly Hale, Greely High School, Testing Reading Comprehension through Different Mediums: Paper Text vs Digital
2nd – Shruti Joshi, Jack Forester, Ben Sylvester, Falmouth High School, Relationship between Frequency of PowerSchool Logins, GPA, Difficulty of Classes, and Stress
3rd – Teagan Blackie, Old Town High School, Differences in Spatial Awareness by Gender

Behavioral Sciences – Sociology and Mental Health
1st – Isabel Harkins, Boothbay Region High School, Positive School Culture: Why it Must be Prioritized in Order to Improve the Environment and Empower the Students of Boothbay Region High School
2nd – Iann Leigh, Bangor High School, Identifying Shifts in Race and Income that Lead to Voting Differences in Geographically Similar Locations
3rd – Faith Foster, Nokomis Regional High School, Behavioral and Social Differences Between Autistic Males and Females Throughout the Years

Biomedical and Health Sciences
1st – Ijeoma Obi, Bangor High School, Synthesis of an Azobenzene - Based Cholesterol Mimic for Gated Ion Channel Modification
2nd – Arsh Agnihotri, Falmouth High School, Effectiveness of Conventional Environmental Face Masks
3rd – Joshua Bohm, Bangor High School, The LD50 of ECL on Worms

Chemistry
1st – Ogechi Obi, Bangor High School, CNF/Starch/Glycerol Composites Plasticized by MgCl2, NaCl, KCl and AlCl3
2nd – Erin McCarthy, Meaghan Caron, Bangor High School, Synthesis of Butadiene through Fallopia japonica and Lythrum salicaria
3rd – Naomi Noack, Bangor High School, Measuring Ocean Acidification and Possible Correlations to Stormwater

Computer Science and Mathematics
1st – Micah Pietraho, Brunswick High School, Local Search Optimization and the Virtual Keyboard Design Problem
2nd – Nhan Ngo, Simon Socolow, Bangor High School, Developing Deep Learning Networks for Dynamic Traffic Light Control
3rd – Cuthbert Steadman, Graham Glover, Beckett Mundell-Wood, Bangor High School, Using Neural Networks and Drones to Identify and Eliminate the Aquatic Invasive Plant Species Myriophyllum Spicatum

Engineering
1st – Vetri Vel, Bangor High School, Real-time Fall Detection System for the Elderly Using Deep Learning and Thermal Imaging
2nd – Oscar Hennin, Morse High School, The Study of Laminated Timbers
3rd – Minal Iftikhar, Bangor High School, Engineering a Prosthetic Hand through Additive Manufacturing

Environmental Sciences – Water Quality
1st – Jordyn Miller, Bangor High School, Using ArcGIS to Model Water Quality Relationships Based on Lake Inlet and Outlet Location
2nd – McKayla Kendall, Bangor High School, The Effects of The Bangor Mall on Water Quality in the Penjajawoc Stream
3rd – Rain Bugado, Noble High School, Risk of Algal Blooms and Hypoxia in a New England River

Environmental Sciences and Engineering
1st – Leila Davids, Bangor High School, Matlab Code that Identifies Macroinvertebrates to Assess Quality of Maine's Waters
2nd – Quinn DAlessio, Bangor High School, Calculating Phytoplankton Biodiversity using Sampling and AI to Determine Ecological Conditions
3rd – Rowan Andrews, Bangor High School, Using GIS and a Water Quality Index to Analyze Biological Contamination and Observe Chemistry Fluctuation on Littoral Zones of Seven Recreational Freshwater Lakes and Ponds in Maine

Materials Science
1st – Jaylee Rice, Nokomis Regional High School, Will it Waterproof? Creating a Waterproof Coating Without the Use of PFAS
2nd – Ariel Larrabee, Hancock County Technical Center, Biodegradable Fishing Lures
3rd – Payton Ward, Islesboro Central School, Beeswax/Pine Resin Polymer for Mycelium Lobster Buoys

Microbiology
1st – Melissa Tian, Bangor High School, The Effects of Prolonged Nitrogen and Sulfur Deposition on Spore Diversity of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) from Bear Brook Watershed in Maine (BBWM)
2nd – Linh Nguyen, Deering High School, Testing the Effectiveness of TBAB Surfactant-Sorbents in Removing Ampicillin from Synthetic Effluent
3rd – Emma Markowitz, Boothbay Region High School, The Effects of Manuka Honey on Cultured Bacteria from Frog Infections (Thrush) in Equine Frog Tissue

Plant Sciences
1st – Amara Ifeji, Bangor High School, Using Biofiltration Media and Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) to Enhance the Phytoremediation of Heavy Metals from Stormwater Reconstructed Wetlands
2nd – Nicholas Geiser, Bangor High School, Engineering a Sensor System for the Monitoring of Blueberry Barrens
3rd – Hannah Dunn, Bangor High School, Caliciopsis Canker Damage on Eastern White Pine Trees in Maine

Experiential Awards


Acadia Institute of Oceanography, Advanced Marine Science Camp
Hannah Dyer, George Stevens Academy

Hurricane Island, Advanced Marine Biology
Erin McCarthy, Bangor High School

Special Awards

American Meteorological Society
Naomi Noack, Bangor High School, Measuring Ocean Acidification and Possible Correlations to Stormwater
Chloe Grant, Addison Bracken, Rachel Kingsley, South Portland High School, South Portland Air Quality Analysis
Ogechi Obi, Bangor High School, CNF/Starch/Glycerol Composites plasticized by MgCl2, NaCl, KCl and AlCl3
Melissa Tian, Bangor High School, The Effects of Prolonged Nitrogen and Sulfur Deposition on Spore Diversity of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) from Bear Brook Watershed in Maine (BBWM)

Association for Women Geoscientists
Ginny Hunt, Bangor High School, Identifying and Classifying Plastics and Microplastics in Sediments
Jordyn Miller, Bangor High School, Using ArcGIS to Model Water Quality Relationships Based on Lake Inlet and Outlet Location

Society for Science and the Public Community Innovation Award
Isaac Burtis, Brunswick High School, Dissolved Oxygen from Kelp

The Jackson Laboratory Promising Scientist Award:
Margaret Kastelein, Lincoln Academy, Stereotypes and How They Effect Snap Judgement
Anthony Ayer, Harpswell Coastal Academy, Analyzing the Effects of Various Climate Conditions on the Overall Efficiency of a Solar Panel
Jett Lindelof, Islesboro Central School, How Does the Method of Crosslinking of Sodium Alginate Mixed with Calcium Chloride Effect it's Performance as a Waterproof Coating in The Marine Environment?
Aleah Sebrey, Medomak Valley High School, Lytic Tendencies of Bacteriophages Found in Water on Escherichia coli
Hazel Van Dis, Islesboro Central School, 3D Printing with CNF and Wood Flour

Office of Naval Research Naval Science Award
Sydney Sheehan, Old Town High School, Ropeless Lobster Trap
Vetri Vel, Bangor High School, Real-time Fall Detection System for the Elderly Using Deep Learning and Thermal Imaging
Nathan Chatterton, Boothbay Region High School, Predictive Machine Learning Model for Estimating Driving Force of a Sailboat Using Rigging Data
Oscar Hennin, Morse High School, The Study of Laminated Timbers

The Reach Award from the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
Kylie Brown, Boothbay Region High School, The Effect of Grade Obsession on How Students Learn, and How a New Grading System Has the Potential to Reverse These Effects
Collin Peterson, Islesboro Central School, Biodegradable Additives and the Effects on Wood Pellets
Thomas DiPhilippo, South Portland High School, Researching Green Alternatives to Mercury for the Clemmensen Reduction
Elizabeth Chattley, Hancock County Technical Center, Blueberry Bushes as an Alternative to Lawns
Adam Nussbaum, Brunswick High School, Mathematical Analysis of the Ability to Transition to Underground Wiring

Stockholm Junior Water Prize
Jordyn Miller, Bangor High School, Using ArcGIS to Model Water Quality Relationships Based on Lake Inlet and Outlet Location
Rain Bugado, Noble High School, Risk of Algal Blooms and Hypoxia in a New England River
McKayla Kendall, Bangor High School, The Effects of The Bangor Mall on Water Quality in the Penjajawoc Stream
Mia Wang, Gould Academy, Microplastics
Amber Halligan, Medomak Valley High School, How Run Off from Different Brands of Fertilizer Impact the Eutrophication Process
Liulu Yue, Gould Academy, Airborne EM Technology and its Application in Detection of Underground Water

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Award
Amara Ifeji, Bangor High School, Using Biofiltration Media and Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) to Enhance the Phytoremediation of Heavy Metals from Stormwater Reconstructed Wetlands
Ogechi Obi, Bangor High School, CNF/Starch/Glycerol Composites Plasticized by MgCl2, NaCl, KCl and AlCl3