UMaine Hutchinson Offers Tuition-Free STEM Academic Research and Career Exploration Course for High School Students

BELFAST – Registration is open for an innovative four-week college STEM research course for qualified high school students (grades 11 and 12) offered by the University of Maine, July 18-August 11, at UMaine Hutchinson Center.

Introduction to Integrated Science and Career Exploration (INT 188) will meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. High school students will earn three college credits upon completion of the course. Sections of this course, on the same dates, are offered on the Orono and Machias campuses.

The first classes of the College are offered tuition-free for qualified high school students. Students who pay to attend a high school in Maine, including international and international students, will be charged a reduced rate for Early College.

This innovative course with a low student-teacher ratio offers a unique summer opportunity for Midcoast Maine students who want to explore STEM-related careers and engage in a research project. Thirty percent of class time will be spent outdoors doing fieldwork, with the remainder spent in class and in the lab at the Hutchinson Center.

INT 188 is designed to introduce high school students to higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The course includes lectures and laboratory courses on data collection and analysis, experimental design, measurement and graphics techniques, scientific writing, and evidence-based thinking.

Students will participate in group work, an environmental chemistry or environmental biology research project, a career planning task focused on STEM fields, career exploration experiences, and a final research symposium August 11. In previous years, INT 188 students have used this opportunity to research environmental issues in the Belfast/Midcoast area, such as the impact of the presence of microplastics in the bay.

Course instructors Susan Therio and Dave Thomas are adjunct faculty members at UMaine who teach courses in chemistry and oceanography, respectively. Prior to coming to UMaine, Therio was an industrial chemist in the environmental and hydrocolloid fields. Thomas, a high school science teacher for more than 18 years, spent four years as a research technician in northern Wisconsin and Michigan studying ecological change.

To register, go to For more information on course content, contact Chris Tremblay, 338-8038 or [email protected]

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