The midcoast community is invited to attend the Second Annual University of Maine Hutchinson Center Student Research and Career Symposium next Friday (July 12) at the Hutchinson Center from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. At the Symposium, four students in this summer’s science course at the Hutchinson Center (INT 188: Introduction to Integrated Science and Career Exploration) will present the results of their research into effects of teratogens on the development of zebrafish embryos. Students have also developed career plans, which they will also share. The event is free and open to the community.
The Research Symposium will be in the form of a scientific research poster session. During the first half-hour, the audience is invited to wander around and view the students’ research posters, hear students discuss their work and ask them questions individually. During the second half hour, an informal panel of three science, medical, and engineering professionals will share briefly about their work and careers. This year’s panel includes
Kimberly Spectre, Emergency room and Obstetrics Nursing Manager, Waldo County General Hospital
William Ellis, Chemical oceanographer, UMaine School of Marine Sciences
Wendy Porter, Chemical engineer, recently from Interface Engineering
The course, INT 188, is a one-credit “early-college” and undergraduate course for high school juniors and seniors and first-year college students to introduce students to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research skills and careers. Students review and practice specific skills such as graphing and data analysis, critical thinking, and written and oral communication. They apply those skills to investigate an open-ended research question that is relevant to their lives, and present their findings in a research symposium. Students become familiar with the nature and points of entry for various STEM careers and institutions through nine hours of job-shadowing in local STEM businesses, and they identify and begin to map out a college and career path with emphasis in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. INT 188 began in 2012 as an “early college” course collaboration between the University of Maine Hutchinson Center and RSU 20.
This year’s program is made possible through support from RSU 20, RSU 3, Ingredients Solutions Inc, Waldo County General Hospital, General Allied Chemical, Evergreen Home Performance L.L.C., The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, the University of Maine Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the University of Maine Hutchinson Center Scholarship Program.
The public is invited to the Hutchinson Center on Friday, July 12, 5:30 – 6:30 pm to learn about students’ zebrafish research this summer at the Hutchinson Center. Please call the Hutchinson Center at 338-8000 for more information about the Research Symposium or about the course, INT 188.