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High School Students

High school students are important members of the research community.

High school student in lab. Through our high school research program, the MDI 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.

Young Environmental Leaders Programs

Young Environmental Leaders Programs for middle and high school students are offered during April school-vacation week and during one week in the summer.

Academic Year Research Fellowships

During the traditional academic year, the MDI Biological Laboratory 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 earn credit for most academic year fellowships.

Summer Research Fellowships

The High School Research Fellowship program is a 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. Most fellowships run 6–8 weeks.


Students can request a research mentor from among our resident or visiting faculty whose research matches their personal scientific interests and career goals.

Campus living

Summer high school students who live beyond commuting distance live on-campus in the Emery Cottage. served in the Dining Hall. The residential program is supervised by a full-time Residential Advisor, who helps coordinate weekend activities.

Admissions and Funding

Summer Research Fellowship applications are generally accepted in late fall, with an application deadline in early February. Most fellowships cover all expenses (room, board, travel) and pay a weekly stipend.

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