Early exposure to scientific discovery is fundamental to creating not only scientists and physicians, but also scientifically literate and engaged teachers, businesspeople, and policy makers. Through our high school research program, the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory engages students early in their education, at a time when they are considering college education and future career paths. High school participants in our research program are offered opportunities to learn from scientists how they work, what inspires them, and how to continue in science in college and beyond. Summer fellowships (internships) and a one-week course are offered.
Young Environmental Leaders Programs for middle and high school students are offered during April school vacation week and one week in the summer. See the program page.
The Infinite Variations: High School Genomics is a one-week short course for high school students in August. The intensive lab course is a one-week introduction to genomics research in which students will learn and practice techniques in molecular biology and bioinformatics.
During the traditional academic year, MDIBL hosts a small number of high school students who conduct research in the laboratory of a resident faculty member. Academic year fellowships are by application only and are coordinated in conjunction with the Mount Desert Island High School. Students interested in Academic Year fellowships apply through a common Jackson Laboratory/MDIBL application due in mid-summer, in advance of the subsequent academic year. Enrichment activities are coordinated by MDIBL, JAX and MDIHS. Students earn credit for most academic year fellowships.
The High School Research Fellowship program is a hands-on, mentored laboratory experience for Maine high school students interested in biology, medicine, or research. There are very limited fellowship openings for students from outside of Maine.
Up to eight research fellowships are available in both residential and commuter programs. Most fellowships run 6-8 weeks. Selected high school students are matched with and work alongside an MDIBL scientist in his or her laboratory. The goal of this program is for high school students to play an active role in biological research.
Early in the fellowship, students meet with their mentors to plan their own individual project. For the remainder of the fellowship, students are fully engaged in their research project—conducting experiments, collecting data, analyzing results, and keeping their lab notebook and research portfolio. Students meet weekly to discuss their projects and listen to guest speakers. At the end of the fellowship, students prepare written reports and give oral presentations to their peers and mentors.
Students can select a summer research mentor from among MDIBL’s resident or visiting faculty whose research matches their personal scientific interests and career goals.
High school students who live beyond commuting distance live on-campus in the Emery Cottage. Meals are served in the MDIBL Co-op (called Co-op because students are responsible for their own meals on weekends). Most of the Laboratory community—students and PIs—gather for lunch; dinners are typically only attended by students. The residential program is supervised by a full time Residential Advisor, who helps coordinate weekend activities.
Weekends are typically free, and students enjoy recreational activities including hiking and swimming in Acadia National Park, cycling, running, sand pit volleyball, soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, kayaking, or just relaxing on the Lab dock.
Summer Research Fellowship applications are generally accepted in late fall, with an application deadline in early January. Most fellowships cover all expenses (room, board, travel) and pay a weekly stipend.
Mid-June to mid-August 2014. These dates may vary on an individual basis depending on their mentor’s arrival and departure dates.