Gould Academy student wins top honors at Maine State Science Fair for second year in a row

Bar Harbor, Maine -- Demitri Maxim of Gould Academy, who took first place in the 2014 Maine State Science Fair, was the top winner in the 2015 Maine State Science Fair at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor for his research project, "Directed differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells into kidney cells."

Second place went to Ben Schade and Justin Hamilton of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, for their project, "Calculating the horizon with perspective projection. Third place went to Paige Brown of Bangor High School for her research in "Identifying and remediating the sources of pollution in impaired Bangor streams."

The 2015 Maine State Science Fair was organized by The Jackson Laboratory and the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance. Since 2012, winners of the Maine State Science Fair have been eligible to qualify for the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest science fair. The top three winners of the 2015 Maine Fair and their mentors will travel to Pittsburgh in May for this year's INTEL event.

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., and a new genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn. It employs 1,600 staff, and its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

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Photo caption: The top INTEL ISEF awards in the Maine State Science Fair went to (left to right) Demitri Maxim of Gould Academy, first place; Paige Brown of Bangor High School, third place; and Ben Schade and Justin Hamilton of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, second place. Jackson Laboratory photo by Aaron Boothroyd.


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