2016-05-20 / Community

Junior to spend week at lab

Sixteen Maine high school juniors will spend the week of May 22-27 at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences learning about ocean science research. They will work side by side with Bigelow Laboratory scientists, go on a research cruise, conduct experiments and learn how to analyze results as part of the 27th annual Keller BLOOM (Bigelow Laboratory Orders Of Magnitude) Program. The roster includes Cheyenne Esposito of South Portland High School.

The five-day workshop provides students with a hands on experience to learn about the biological, chemical and geological characteristics of the local marine environment and get an idea of what a career as a scientist might be like. Bigelow Laboratory researchers Drs. Nicole Poulton and David Fields lead the program. Students apply for the program and 16 are selected from across all Maine counties.

All costs for participation are covered by private donations to the Keller BLOOM Program, named in honor of the late Maureen Keller, a Bigelow Laboratory scientist, to make it open and accessible to all.

“This is our 27th year of providing an opportunity for students all across Maine to learn about the ocean that is so vital to our lives here in Maine and beyond,” Poulton said. “We are delighted to be able to share our research work and passion for the ocean with a group of amazing students who truly enjoy science. The students take home an appreciation for how much is known and yet to be discovered in the ocean. We, as scientists, end the program with a renewed energy provided by the students’ endless curiosity and excitement about our research here and learning

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