Office of Undergraduate Admission

Apply to USM Pioneers Program for 2013-2014!

The University of Southern Maine is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 application process for the Pioneers Program . The USM Pioneers Program is a learning community bringing together the best and brightest students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.  Pioneers offers a highly competitive invitation with a merit-based award to attract top Maine high school students.

As a USM Pioneer, students will receive:

  • A generous scholarship package
  • A laptop computer
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Paid internships with Maine companies
  • Premium housing in a learning community environment
  • Faculty mentors
  • Networking opportunities with Maine businesses and government leaders

Pioneers are the next generation of leaders in the STEM fields. Qualified applicants will be high school students admitted into one of the following STEM majors:  Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Science, General Science, Geosciences, Industrial Technology, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Natural and Applied Sciences, Physics . Pioneers will be selected on the basis of their academic achievement, particularly in the areas of math and science. Generally, those considered for the Pioneers program will have a math SAT score of 650 or higher and a B+ or better average grade in science and math coursework during high school.

In order to be considered for this award, students must submit  the Pioneers Supplemental Application and complete the application process for undergraduate admission at USM no later than January 2, 2013.  Students must also have their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submitted no later than February 15, 2013. If selected, students must also participate in a personal interview. Interviews will be conducted on January 18th and 25th, 2013.

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