USM's First Class of Pioneers Tread the Waters at Orientation.
USM's First Class of Pioneers Tread the Waters at Orientation

Pioneers is a learning community bringing together the best and brightest students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.

USM Pioneers receive

  • scholarships
  • undergraduate research opportunities
  • opportunities for paid internship opportunities at Maine companies
  • learning community environment
  • faculty and staff mentors

For information contact Michael Wing at or USM Office of Undergraduate Admission.

The USM Pioneers Program is empowering a new generation of scientists, information technology specialists, engineers, and mathematicians. Pioneers engage in advanced cirriculum and highly innovative programming to maximize education growth.

By graduation, Pioneer scholars will have completed high-impact, experiential learning opportunities designed to deepen their knowledge in STEM and to prepare them for careers after graduation.

News & Events

Patrick Doherty and Deedra Zeeh, sophomores in USM’s Pioneers Program, collaborated with professor of Engineering James Masi to develop a nano-particle alternative that is easy to implement at low temperatures in a lab or classroom setting.
To encourage Maine students to pursue studies in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, Nestlé Waters North America, the nation’s leading bottled water company, has pledged $100,000 to support the USM Pioneers Program.
Sappi Fine Paper North America, a leading global paper company, has pledged $100,000 over the course of four years to support the USM Pioneers Program.

Summer 2013 Bridge Program

View a compilation of photos from the week-long summer 2013 bridge program for the USM Pioneers and S-STEM students. In addition to science and technology labs, students went on a canoe trip, tackled the Wiscasset Ropes Course, and took in a Sea Dogs baseball game!

Become a Pioneer!

The USM Pioneers program provides students with opportunities for advancement and success in their college careers, allowing them to thrive both academically and socially.

Pioneers Application Deadlines

Students wishing to become a USM Pioneer must submit a supplemental Pioneers application by February 1, 2015. Interviews for the Program will take place in the John Mitchell Center on the Gorham campus.

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