High School Student Summer Research Fellowship
Our high school summer research fellowship program is highly competitive. Over 100 applications are submitted annually for up to 10 high school summer fellowships. We welcome applicants who desire hands-on, research training experience within an advanced laboratory that complements current resident research programs. High school students become a summer cohort with each student assigned and supervised by a senior scientist mentor as well as residential life staff. Co-curricular and residential life programs extend our immersion program to help students develop professional skill sets and foster connections within the scientific research community. Summer high school fellows live on campus in a structured and supervised living-learning environment. High School Fellows are provided with on campus dormitory style accommodations, full meal plans in our dining hall, and a stipend. Travel is not funded. Dormitories are supervised by live-in residential advisors.
- Applicants under 18 must have parental/guardian consent.
- Must be nominated by a teacher before the student can initiate an application.
- Must be 16 years old as of June 23, 2019
- Must have successfully completed:
- High School Biology with Laboratory
- High School Chemistry with Laboratory
- High School Mathematics (at least Algebra 1)
- Students graduating in May 2019 are also eligible.
- International students must be enrolled in a US High School and have a valid visa throughout the program.
- High School Students from in-state (Maine) and out-of-state are eligible.
- High School Fellows must commit to the full 7-week program (see dates below).
Applicants from under-served populations are encouraged. Prior research experience is not required.
First discuss with your science teacher or guidance counselor about nominating you for the High School Fellowship program at MDI Biological Laboratory. Home-schooled students may be nominated by a professional with knowledge of the student’s capabilities.
Then your teacher or other professional will need to submit an online Teacher Nomination Form. The nominated student will then receive an email with link to the online application.
The online application form and all required supplemental materials must be submitted by the application due date (below).
Teacher Nomination of Student via Online Form
- Students must be nominated by a science teacher, guidance counselor or other professional to apply to this program. A completed Teacher Nomination Form must be received prior to any student application activity. Teachers may nominate multiple students. Nominations will open in September.
Teacher Nominations Due: January 7, 2019.
Complete Applications Due: February 4, 2019.
Teacher Recommendation Form
- High school students are required to have one teacher recommendation in addition to the teacher nomination. This recommendation request is provided to the student in the application online forms.
The recommendation is due February 4, 2019
- Decision notification letters are sent to applicants in March/April. Awards include room, full meal plan, and a stipend. Travel expenses are not included.
2019 High School Fellowship Dates
- Dates are subject to change
- Arrival: Sunday, June 23, 2019
- Student Symposium: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at MDI Biological Laboratory (family event)
- Departure: Saturday, August 10, 2019