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Feb. 28, 2018 — USM to host Maine Science Bowl 2018 on Saturday, March 3

For Immediate release: 2/28/18


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USM to host Maine Science Bowl 2018 on Saturday, March 3

More than 100 high school students will attend the Maine Science Bowl 2018 on Saturday, March 3rd on the Gorham Campus of the University of Southern Maine.

The competition matches teams against teams in subjects ranging from biology, chemistry, space science, physics and math. The winning team will compete in the National Science Bowl, held from April 26 to 30 in Washington D.C.

About 50 volunteers at USM will include faculty, students and friends.

The contest will be held in USM's Bailey Hall. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Competition begins at 9:00 a.m., and finals will begin at around 3 p.m.

During the day, students will break up into several rooms, where they will begin question-and-answer competitions. As the day goes on, the competition will narrow down the field until two teams compete for the state title.

Besides traveling to Washington, winning Maine teams have met with several members of Maine's Congressional delegation, including Sen. Susan Collins.

Winners will compete for extraordinary prizes.

In 2017, the country’s top two high school teams received all-expenses-paid science trips to Alaska, where they learned more about glaciology, marine and avian biology, geology and plate tectonics. This year’s prizes will be announced at a later date.

More than 275,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl in its 27- year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. More than 14,000 students compete in the NSB each year.

More information is available on the NSB website:

To find out more about USM’s STEM disciplines, explore the College of Science, Technology and Health.

The Maine Science Bowl is sponsored by the University of Southern Maine, Texas Instruments Corporation and IDEXX Corporation.  Additional support from comes from the USM Provost’s Office, USM President’s Office, Department of Environmental Science & Policy, Food Services, the Larry Gray family and Hannaford.


Situated in Maine’s economic and cultural center, the University of Southern Maine (USM) is a public university with 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students taking courses online and at campuses in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston-Auburn. Known for its academic excellence, student focus and engagement with the community, USM provides students with hands-on experience that complements classroom learning and leads to employment opportunities in one of the nation’s most desirable places to live.