EAST Program for STEM Students

The EAST program serves Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics students with disabilities and is funded by the National Science Foundation.
EAST Program for STEM Students / National Science Foundation

Welcome Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Students, Professors and Teachers

EAST is pleased to offer:

Click here to view Photo Galleries of 2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships.

EAST is a special program within USM’s College of Science, Technology and Health (CSTH).  We provide support to students who wish to pursue their education and career in STEM fields including Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Environmental Science, Physics, Linguistics, Chemistry, Geosciences, Psychology, Mathematics and Technology.  EAST is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to serve STEM students with disabilities, either disclosed or non-disclosed.

Click here to register for the EAST program.

EAST is funded under National Science Foundation Award No. HRD 0833567.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Science Foundation.

For more information, contact Lynn Lovewell, Director at (207) 780-5449, llovewell@usm.maine.edu .

News & Events

Photo of Environmental Science intern
For Spring semester EAST has awarded eight internships in Computer Science, Environmental Science, Technology, and Biology. Jason Smith, a senior in Environmental Science, is developing protocols for using Plant Canopy Imager technology to measure cover and closure of the forest canopy. Smith's mentor is Dr. Joseph Staples.
Photo of EAST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Photo galleries of some of the seventeen EAST Undergraduate Research Fellowships from Summer 2012 are now available as a Quick Link on the EAST website, including Matthew Shultz's project on Recording the Underwater Behavior of Loons. The mentor for this project was Dr. Jim Paruk, Biology Department, and Director of the Loon Center for Conservation at BioDiversity Research Institute.
Photo of EAST high school students
EAST High School seniors are participating in three evenings designed to help them apply to college: Essay Night; Common App Night; and FAFSA Night. EAST High School juniors are participating in four events geared toward helping them aspire to college: College Student for a Day; Transition to College and Support Services; Special Interest in a Major; and Thinking Matters.


Students and instructors for ESP 233 course in 2010
  • Undergraduate Research Fellowships - 15 URFs are awarded each year
  • Internships - College students and high school juniors and seniors are eligible for paid internships
  • Tutoring - Peer and expert tutoring is available for STEM students