Scholarships and Awards

High school students showing their posters at Maine State Science Fair 

The 2021 MSSF Awards are listed below.

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

logo of The University of Maine

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, April 3, 2021
Held online, statewide

Grand Awards

1st Grand Award – Linh Nguyen, 12th grade, Deering High School. Applications of Carbon Nanotube Based Sorbents for Removal of Arsenic from Polluted Water

2nd Grand Award – Vetri Vel, 12th grade, Bangor High School. Readily Implementable Fall Detection System for the Elderly Using Thermal Image Segmentation and Convolutional Neural Networks

3rd Grand Award – Mateus Nascimento, 11th grade, Brunswick High School. How Animals Talk: Understanding Silk Moth Communication through Detection of Pheromones with an Electronic Nose

Scholarships

The University of Maine

• Ashton Caron, Nokomis Regional High School
• Quinn D'Alessio, Bangor High School
• Maya Elkadi, Bangor High School
• Matthew Gilbert, Greely High School
• Nora Goldberg-Courtney, Maine Coast Waldorf School
• Grace Hall, Belfast Area High School
• Emerson Harris, Boothbay Region High School
• Ashly Nyman, Nokomis Regional High School
• Ogechi Obi, Bangor High School
• Nick Pease, Nokomis Regional High School
• Carter Rice, Nokomis Regional High School
• Zoe Stankevitz, Nokomis Regional High School

College of the Atlantic

• Nora Goldberg-Courtney, Maine Coast Waldorf School
• Emerson Harris, Boothbay Region High School

University of New England

• Siobhan Duffy, Washington Academy
• Maya Elkadi, Bangor High School
• Grace Hall, Belfast Area High School
• Emerson Harris, Boothbay Region High School

University of Southern Maine

USM 4-year scholarships
• Quinn D'Alessio, Bangor High School
• Emerson Harris, Boothbay Region High School

USM Merit scholarships
• Tomas Cundick, Foster Technical Center
• Siobhan Duffy, Washington Academy
• Nora Goldberg-Courtney, Maine Coast Waldorf School
• Grace Hall, Belfast Area High School
• Roland Ladd, Bangor High School
• Uyen Nguyen, John Bapst Memorial High School
• Simon Socolow, Bangor High School
• Virginia Weiss, Cape Elizabeth High School

St. Joseph’s College of Maine

• Grace Hall, Belfast Area High School
• Uyen Nguyen, John Bapst Memorial High School

University of Maine at Augusta

• Nora Goldberg-Courtney, Maine Coast Waldorf School
• Roland Ladd, Bangor High School


Husson University

• Grace Hall, Belfast Area High School
• Jordan Boyd, Nokomis Regional High School
• Cassidy Hodges, Nokomis Regional High School
• Ella Donaghy, Medomak Valley High School

York County Community College

• Amber-Rae Pesek, Hancock County Technical Center

Central Maine Community College

• Lillian Philbrook, Hancock County Technical Center

Southern Maine Community College

• Virginia Weiss, Cape Elizabeth High School

Cary James Water Ride Scholarship

• Linh Nguyen, Deering High School

Category Awards

Animal Sciences
1st - Patrick Wahlig, Falmouth High School, Stable Isotope Analysis of Maine-Caught Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) Otoliths as a Means of Determining Natal Origin
2nd - Runzhe Yao, Gould Academy, Effects of Disinfection Products on Pholcidae
3rd - Ashton Caron, Nokomis Regional High School, The Impact Of Forage Quality On Bovine Grazing Patterns

Behavioral Sciences – Psychology
1st – Sciatzy Solis, Medomak Valley High School, Comparing Self-Esteem Between Two Immigrant Generations
2nd – Vy Do, Washington Academy, Do Teenagers Tend to Stay Up Late?
3rd – Olivia Whitten, Nokomis Regional High School, The Impact of Positive and Negative Paper Space on Dyslexia

Behavioral Sciences – Sociology
1st – Siobhan Duffy, Washington Academy, Effects of Outdoor Activity on High Schoolers' Well-being During COVID-19
2nd – Ella Donaghy, Medomak Valley High School, Do Demographic Factors and Exposure to COVID-19 Affect a Person's Use of a Mask?
3rd – Chen Xie, Gould Academy, COVID-19, Social Isolation, Demographic Factors, and Feelings about Online Social Events as Predictors of Coping Styles in a Sample of Select High Schoolers in the United States and China

Biological Sciences
1st – Mateus Nascimento, Brunswick High School, How Animals Talk: Understanding Silk Moth Communication through Detection of Pheromones with an Electronic Nose
2nd – Simon Socolow, Bangor High School, Investigating Large Scale Low Trophic Level Food Alternatives
3rd – Ariel Larrabee, Hancock County Technical Center, Designing SynBio to Reduce Prolonged Microplastic Exposure in Fish

Biomedical and Health Sciences
1st – Emerson Harris, Boothbay Region High School, Customized Pointe Shoe Padding: Distributed Pressure and Proper Alignment to Reduce Long-Term Deformities
2nd – Coco Xu, Falmouth High School, Creating and Applying a Formula that Evaluates the Risk of Developing Alzheimer's Disease
3rd – McHenna Martin, Hancock County Technical Center, Designing a Better Lyme Disease Test

Chemistry
1st – Auburn Putz-Burton, Gould Academy, Understanding the Chemical Analysis of Soil at Historical/Archaeological Sites Based on a Study of the Smithtown Historical Society Heritage Site
2nd – Jiaqi Li, Gould Academy, How the Extract of Flavor E-Cigarette Impact Daphnia's Heartbeat?
3rd – Grace Leschey, Virginia Weiss, Cape Elizabeth High School, Chloride in streams during the winter

Computer Sciences
1st – Nick Pease, Nokomis Regional High School, Creating a Portable Commercial and Private Aircraft Tracker
2nd – Alex Hardy, Foster Technical Center, Renewable Energy Rain Generator
3rd – Cuthbert Steadman, Beckett Mundell-Wood, Bangor High School, Testing the Effectiveness of a 3D Virtual Reality-Based Online Learning Program Compared to Traditional Online Schooling

Data Sciences
1st – Madyson Redding, Old Town High School, Fingerprint Analysis
2nd – Maia Pietraho, Brunswick High School, Author Attribution via Frequency Analysis of Stop Words
3rd – Jack Nussbaum, Brunswick High School, Is Bottle Redemption Really Effective and How Do You Maximize the Effects?

Engineering
1st – Vetri Vel, Bangor High School, Readily Implementable Fall Detection System for the Elderly Using Thermal Image Segmentation and Convolutional Neural Networks
2nd – Brady McQuaid, Brunswick High School, Biometric Pill Box
3rd – Jordan Boyd, Nokomis Regional High School, The Use of 3-D Printers to Design Prosthesis

Environmental Engineering
1st – Linh Nguyen,Deering High School, Applications of Carbon Nanotube Based Sorbents for Removal of Arsenic from Polluted Water
2nd – Maya Elkadi, McKayla Kendall, Bangor High School, The Creation of Silver Nanoparticle Tablets to Combat Heavy Metals in Water
3rd – Frederick Oldenburg, Roland Ladd, Bangor High School, The Development of an Autonomous Pollinating Drone

Environmental Sciences
1st – Swetha Palaniappan, Cape Elizabeth High School, Development of a Diagnostic Test for Microplastics in Water Samples
2nd – Paula Dauphinais, Nancy Dauphinais, Nokomis Regional High School, Hybridizing Fungi With Favorable Characteristics to Bioengineer a Potential Solution to the Microplastics Crisis
3rd – Ruth White, Orono High School, Investigating the Effect of Ski Wax on Plant Growth

Environmental Sciences - Water
1st – Miranda LeClair, Old Town High School, Maintaining Moisture in Soil with Wood Pellets
2nd – Ginny Hunt, Bangor High School, Identifying Microplastics in the Sediment of the Penobscot River Watershed using Arc-GIS
3rd – Quinn D'Alessio, Bangor High School, A Multi-Point Correlation to Lake Analytics in Developing a Method of Monitoring Eutrophication

Materials Science
1st – Ogechi Obi, Bangor High School, Treating Cellulose Nanofiber with Calcium Alginate to Improve Barrier Properties
2nd – Jinkyu Kim, Gould Academy, In-Depth Characterization of Nanoporous Carbon Photocatalyst From Coffee Waste
3rd – MacKenna Carter, Machias Memorial High School, Preening Oil is an Eco-Friendly Alternative to DWR rain jacket coating

Physics and Energy
1st – Mia Smith, Old Town High School, Body Angle and Motion Characteristics of Effective Softball Hitters
2nd – Nuthi Ganesh, Bangor High School, Assessing Solar Panel Array Efficiency with a Pyranometer and UVA Meter
3rd – Will Caron, Bangor High School, Solar Panel Tilt Angle and Percentage Loss Due to Angle

Plant Sciences
1st – Meaghan Caron, Bangor High School, Fallopia Japonica as an Alternative Fuel Source to Remediate the Spread of Invasive Species
2nd – Nora Goldberg-Courtney, Maine Coast Waldorf School, Mini Hydroponic Greenhouse
3rd – Bryce Carter, Hancock County Technical Center, The Role of Microgreens in Helping to Solve the Hunger Crisis

Special Awards

Algae Foundation

Quinn D'Alessio, Bangor High School, A Multi-Point Correlation to Lake Analytics in Developing a Method of Monitoring Eutrophication

American Meteorological Society

Quinn D'Alessio, Bangor High School, A Multi-Point Correlation to Lake Analytics in Developing a Method of Monitoring Eutrophication

Kate Saidy, Gould Academy, Design of a Spectrometer to Analyze Toxic Algae

American Psychological Association

Siobhan Duffy, Washington Academy, Effects of Outdoor Activity on High Schoolers’ Well-being During COVID-19

ASM Materials Education Foundation

Ogechi Obi, Bangor High School, Treating Cellulose Nanofiber with Calcium Alginate to Improve Barrier Properties

Association for Women Geoscientists

Miranda LeClair, Old Town High School, Maintaining Moisture in Soil with Wood Pellets

Communicating Your Science Video Award

Emerson Harris, Boothbay Region High School, Customized Pointe Shoe Padding: Distributed Pressure and Proper Alignment to Reduce Long-Term Deformities

Swetha Palaniappan, Cape Elizabeth High School, Development of a Diagnostic Test for Microplastics in Water Samples

The Jackson Laboratory Promising Scientist Award:

Mary McPheeters, Falmouth High School, The Effects of Cover Crops on the Amount of Carbon in the Soil

Avery Matthews, Falmouth High School, Microplastic In Water

Katie Nakai, Brunswick High School, How to Get the Most Strawberry DNA from One Sample

Alexander Benton, Maine Coast Waldorf School, The Effect of Part Cooling Fan Speed on Unsupported Filament Bridging

Audrey Hufnagel, Lincoln Academy, The Effect of Oyster Shells on pH Levels

NASA Earth Systems Science Award

Ruth White, Orono High School, Investigating the Effect of Ski Wax on Plant Growth

NOAA Award

Eliza McPhee, Old Town High School, Impact of Climate Change on Arrival Dates of Select Species of Birds

Office of Naval Research Naval Science Award

Alexander Benton, Maine Coast Waldorf School, The Effect of Part Cooling Fan Speed on Unsupported Filament Bridging

Vetri Vel, Bangor High School, Readily Implementable Fall Detection System for the Elderly Using Thermal Image Segmentation and Convolutional Neural Networks

Will Caron, Bangor High School, Solar Panel Tilt Angle and Percentage Loss Due to Angle

MacKenna Carter, Machias Memorial High School, Preening Oil is an Eco-Friendly Alternative to DWR Rain Jacket Coating

The Reach Award from the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance

Anna Molloy, James Wheeler, Orono High School, Genomic Characterization of a Novel Mycobacterium abscessus, prophiNQTL-1

Esme Song, Penelope Haydar, Caroline Gentile, Cape Elizabeth High School, How an Increase in Surface Area of Plant Leaves Affect Carbon Dioxide Levels in a Closed System

Regeneron Biomedical Science Award

Albert Bai, John Bapst Memorial High School, Building Up New Lipid Nanoparticles and Evaluating their Potential to Address the Frozen Reality of Covid-19 mRNA Vaccine Stability

Ricoh, USA, Inc. Award

Bryce Carter, Hancock County Technical Center, The Role of Microgreens in Helping to Solve the Hunger Crisis

Society for Science Community Innovation Award

Meaghan Caron, Bangor High School, Fallopia Japonica as an Alternative Fuel Source to Remediate the Spread of Invasive Species

Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Ginny Hunt, Bangor High School, Identifying Microplastics in the Sediment of the Penobscot River Watershed using Arc-GIS

Quinn D'Alessio, Bangor High School, A Multi-Point Correlation to Lake Analytics in Developing a Method of Monitoring Eutrophication

Miranda LeClair, Old Town High School, Maintaining Moisture in Soil with Wood Pellets

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Award

Frederick Oldenburg, Roland Ladd, Bangor High School, The Development of an Autonomous Pollinating Drone