MDI Biological Laboratory

High School Student Summer Fellowship Applications

MDI Biological Laboratory offers summer research fellowship opportunities for high school students with an interest in developing scientific research skills.

We welcome applicants who desire hands-on research training experience within an advanced laboratory that complements current resident research programs. Our high school summer research fellowship program is highly competitive. Over 200 applications are submitted annually for a small number of available positions. Fellows are supervised by a faculty mentor and work alongside undergraduate fellows, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and research assistants, thereby gaining experience and perspective on scientific research careers. Fellows conduct an independent research project and present their findings at our annual Summer Science Symposium.

2022 Requirements

  • Must be nominated by a teacher before the student can initiate an application.
  • Must have successfully completed high school-level:
    • Biology with laboratory
    • Chemistry with laboratory
    • Mathematics (at least Algebra 1)
  • Students graduating in May 2022 are also eligible.
  • High School Fellows must commit to the full 7-week program (see dates below).
  • High School students from in-state (Maine) and out-of-state are eligible.
  • Students who attend US schools and live in the US with their families are eligible to apply.

Resident Program (student lives in campus housing):

  • Applicants must be 18 years old as of June 19, 2022 – no exceptions.
  • Award includes double occupancy dorm room and full meal plan (seven days a week) at no cost to the student. The only costs borne by the student are travel, laundry and voluntary recreation activities off campus.
  • Awardees live with other high school students in an on-campus dormitory with a resident advisor and participate together in group activities outside the work day.

Commuter Program (student lives in private housing off campus):

  • Applicant must be at least 16 years old as of June 19, 2022 – no exceptions.
  • Award includes lunches only on campus at no cost to student. After hours campus activities may be limited.

Applicants from under-served populations are encouraged. Prior research experience is not required.

Application Procedure

  • First, discuss a nomination for the High School Fellowship program at MDI Biological Laboratory with your science teacher or guidance counselor. 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 a Student Nomination. The nominated student will then receive an email with a link to the online application.
  • The complete online application form and all required supplemental materials must be submitted by the application due date (see sidebar).

Teacher/Professional Nomination of Student via Online Form

  • Students must be nominated by a science teacher, guidance counselor or other professional to apply to this program.
  • The nominator must be able to speak to the student’s abilities in, and passion for, science.
  • A completed online nomination must be received prior to any student application activity.
  • Nominators may nominate multiple students.
  • Teacher nominations are now closed for the 2022 program.
  • Complete student applications due: 11:59pm Eastern Time on February 7, 2022

Teacher Recommendation Form

  • High school students are required to have one teacher recommendation in addition to the teacher nomination. The recommender cannot be the same person as the nominator.
  • The recommender must be able to speak to the student’s abilities in, and passion for, science.
  • The recommendation request is provided in the application online forms.
  • The recommendation is due by the application deadline.


Decision notification letters are sent to applicants in March/April.

2022 High School Fellowship Dates

Dates are subject to change. The 2022 program may be converted to an online experience for health and safety reasons during the pandemic.

  • Arrival:
    • Residential program: Sunday, June 19, 2022
    • Commuter program: Monday, June 20, 2022
  • Orientation: Monday, June 20, 2022
  • Student Symposium: Friday, August 5, 2022
  • Departure:
    • Residential program: Saturday, August 6, 2022