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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.
Photo of EAST summer intern and mentor
Six high school and college students worked as EAST interns in Summer 2012 on projects ranging from studying the creation of biofuel from algae in the Engineering Department to working with genetic Bioinformatics in the Computer Sciences Department.
Photo of Mechanical Engineering student Finley and mentor, Dr. Ghorashi
For summer 2012 EAST has awarded seventeen Undergraduate Research Fellowships, including one to Mechanical Engineering major Jacob Finley for his project, Stress Analysis and Material Properties Determined with Various Techniques. Finley's mentor is Dr. Mehrdaad Ghorashi, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. See Undergraduate Research Fellowships for a complete listing of 2012 SURFs.
Photo of students, teachers, and Dr. Currie working with planaria
Eighteen high school students and eight teachers participated in four intensive EAST Summer Research Institutes in June. Institutes included Biology-Hornworms and Hormones, conducted by Dr. Dave Champlin; Engineering-Bioplastics and Polymers, conducted by Dr. Jim Masi; Neurobiology-Growing and Poisoning the Nervous System, conducted by Dr. Doug Currie; and Psychology-Procedural Memory, conducted by Dr. Amy Eppolito.
 Students from Bonny Eagle and South Portland high schools are engaged in EAST's
Students from Bonny Eagle and South Portland high schools are engaged in EAST's Experiences in STEM for High School Students program. Students have visited USM-Gorham during College Student for A Day and have visited USM-Portland during Transition to College Day.
Environmental Planning and Policy major Josh Monroe is working as an EAST intern
Environmental Planning and Policy major Josh Monroe is working as an EAST intern with Dr. Karen Wilson, Department of Environmental Science, on a project involving sorting zooplankton in samples collected from the Kennebec River.
Physics major Renae Poole has been awarded an EAST Undergraduate Research Fellow
Physics major Renae Poole has been awarded an EAST Undergraduate Research Fellowship with Dr. Julie Ziffer, Physics Department, for her project, Meteoric Analogs of B type asteroids.
Photo of EAST summer intern and professor at work on a wind tunnel
Two USM undergrads, one Central Maine Community College student, and two High School students successfully completed 2011 EAST summer internships. The projects included digital forensics, wind tunnel design, improving accessibility, Stirling engine experimentation, and pedagogical strategies for engineering education.

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