Program Benefits

USM Pioneers receive:

  • merrit scholarships
  • laptop computer
  • undergraduate research opportunities
  • exciting paid internship opportunities with Maine companies
  • learning community environment
  • faculty, staff, and industry mentors
  • premium housing

Pre-College Experience

During the summer before your college freshman year, you will be invited to enjoy a pre-college experience that will give you a preview of your time at USM. This program will include science activities, labs, team building, and an introduction to college life.

Living on Campus

You will be encouraged to live on campus in a common learning environment centered in a single residence hall. The Pioneers program is housed in Philippi Hall located adjacent to the Costello Sports Complex.


Research and Internships

Students team up with faculty or corporate community members on projects ranging from the design, development, and commercialization of new products and technologies; working with business, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, and faculty projects. During the summer months and possibly school year, internships will supplement your overall education working in areas of direct interest to you.

Upon graduation, you will have internship experience to help launch your career. Over the last three years, 80% of the student internships in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields at USM received offers for full employment upon graduation.


Faculty Support and Mentors

You will have access to individual advisors and mentors on a regular basis along with peer tutors as needed. The program will provide every effort to help you achieve the success that you hope for.  Our faculty, staff, and partners from industry participate in providing opportunities and mentoring for students.


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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