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Opportunities for Students

  • Thursday, September 07, 2017 7:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Henry David Thoreau Foundation awards collegiate scholarships of up to $20K to eight to ten students graduating from public or private high schools in Massachusetts. As Thoreau Scholars, these select high school seniors may enroll in any college and university in the world while they major or minor in an environmentally-related field.

    Thoreau Scholars have studied a wide variety of environmentally-related areas, including biology, epidemiology, oceanography, international affairs and environmental law. Scholar alumni have formed companies and organizations including the animation company, Oxbow, with clients including WildAmerica and the Center for Food Safety, satellite imagery startup CrowdAI, and the nonprofit energy organization Equitable Origin.

    The Thoreau Foundation further assists its scholarship winners by identifying environmentally-related internships, offering internship stipends, and providing networking opportunities. A sign of success of the Thoreau Foundation’s mission to foster environmental leadership is the support past scholarship winners provide to present scholarship winners.

    To learn more about the Henry David Thoreau Foundation and the Thoreau Scholarship, please visit Information about the scholarships and how to apply will be mailed to guidance counselors and science teachers at all Massachusetts high schools. An online application will be available in October. Students have until February 1st to apply. 

  • Friday, March 10, 2017 2:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University is excited to offer the Summer Science Academy.  The Academy offers one-week science classes for students entering grades 6-12 in the fall of 2017.  This unique program allows students to work as scientists and is designed to inspire students about science while providing them with the foundations necessary for further scientific exploration.  Summer Science Academy students are immersed in science courses and conduct hands-on investigations in their selected class.   All classes focus on the importance of science communication as students lead presentations on the last day of class.  Limited need based scholarships are available.

    Below are the dates and names of the classes.



    Grade levels

     July 10-14

    Enduring Everest: An Engineering Challenge

    Entering grades 6-8

    So You Want to be a What? Exploring Careers in Medical Sciences

    Entering grades 9-12

    July 17-21

    Shipwrecked: Exploring the STEM of Maritime Archaeology

    Entering grades 6-8

    Biotech Career Rotations I: Real-world Techniques to Answer Real-world Problems

    Entering grades 9-12

    July 24-28

    Forensics Institute of Bridgewater

    Entering grades 6-8

    Biotech Career Rotations II: Real-world Techniques to Answer Real-world Problems

    Entering grades 9-12


    Course Descriptions can be found on our website

    Classes for students entering grades 6-8.  The program fee of $400 per week covers all course expenses including lab supplies and materials.

    Classes for students entering grades 9-12. The program fee of $490 per week covers all course expenses including lab supplies and materials.

    The fee does not include lunch or transportation. A limited number of seats are reserved at a discounted rate for children of BSU faculty and staff. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.

  • Wednesday, January 04, 2017 2:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Mass. Society for Medical Research (MSMR) opens its 26th Annual Student Competition (for middle and high school students) on January 4, 2017.

    Here is information -

    The deadline for submissions is May 8, 2017.

  • Tuesday, December 20, 2016 10:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please mark your calendars for the High School Marine Science Symposium hosted by Northeastern University and the Massachusetts Marine Educators with additional support from Salem State University. These events aim to inspire interest in STEM fields among high school students, through a morning of hands-on workshops, lightning talks, and a keynote presentation. A flyer is attached and more information is available on our website:

    Events will be held on:

    ·         March 9th 2017 at Northeastern University in Boston

    ·         March 15th 2017 in Salem State University in Salem

    ·         Both events will run from 8:30am to 1:00pm

  • Friday, October 28, 2016 2:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity into your middle school high school science classes. The contest challenges your students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges: either climate change, ocean health, or rapid urbanization. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 23, 2017. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016 4:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Elms College is offering NSF funded S-STEM scholarships for transfer students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Computer Information Technology (CIT) for the fall of 2017.  (Pre-medical and education tracks are excluded from this scholarship). The scholarships range from $3,800 - $10,000 a year for 2 years until graduation at Elms College. Review of applications will begin March 1st 2017. In addition to the scholarships, the ElmSTEMs program includes science field trips, career seminars, research opportunities, and science and tech internships. For more information on the ElmSTEMs scholarship and applying to Elms College, see our website

    Meet our current scholarship recipients! For students interested in applying there is an Open House at Elms College on November 11th. We will open up the labs on that day for some demonstrations and interactive activities in science and technology. There is no cost for attendance at this event- and lunch will be provided. While the scholarship is limited to transfer students the Open House is open to all prospective students. An RSVP is required. Sign up at:

  • Friday, September 30, 2016 8:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Interested in having your students compete in an easy and low cost STEM competition? Check us out at for more info, pictures and how-to videos to help you and your students succeed. STEM teachers in grades five through college can have their students compete to win recognition in any of 15 Divisions. Fifteen divisions to choose from including Architecture, 3D Printing, Robotics, Hydroponics, Sports, Clean Energy, Biomimicry and more. Also see eligibility guidelines for the 2017 Susan Sanford Memorial STEM Scholarship. Online Registration is simple and ends March 1, 2017.

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Your school could win $5,000! Are your students up to the Challenge?

    The AMP it up! Challenge invites students to research the inner workings of a manufacturing innovation and how it impacts the world. We’re challenging them to bring it all to life in a 3-minute video and submit it on the AMP it up! website. The video must capture three main ideas about a product, including:

    1. How it’s made
    2. Why it matters
    3. What it means to me

    Individual students, classes, groups or clubs can all participate. After careful review by a panel of judges, the public will get a chance to vote online. The top three videos selected will each earn $5,000 donated to their school.

    They took the Challenge—and won!

    It’s real. Your school really can win big. Look who won last year.

    • B.M.C Durfee High School in Fall River (video: Blount Fine Foods and H&S Tool)

    • Melrose High School (video: Avedis Zildjan Company)

    • Seven Hills Charter Public School (video: Warner Babcock Institute)

    To see these winning videos or learn more about this year’s AMP it up! Challenge, please visit:

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    All of our Science on Saturday events on the MIT campus are free and open to all elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers. They are sponsored by the MIT Museum and the Akamai Foundation. Parking and seating are limited, so we recommend that you arrive early. Attendees can park in either the West Garage (very close to the event) or Albany Garage (a ~10-15-minute walk from the event) provided they can pay the $7 flat fee with a credit card at either parking garage. Alternatively, attendees can take MBTA buses to the MIT Massachusetts Avenue stop (very close to the event) or the subway to either the Central or Kendall Square T stops (a ~20-minute walk from the event). For maps of the event and parking garage locations, please see the attached advertising flyer or our web page: Please plan to join us 10:00 a.m.-noon on the following Saturdays in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139:
    • October 15, 2016 Mad Science 
    • December 3, 2016 Physics 
    • February 4, 2017 Your Developing Brain 
    • March 4, 2017 Chemistry 
    • April 1, 2017 How the Internet Works 
    • October 14, 2017 Biotechnology 
    • December 2, 2017 (Stay tuned!) 

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Expands Girls' STEM Horizons & Closes the Gender Gap in STEM Workforce
    Registration is now open for Girls STEM Summit – Statewide 2017 hosted by Jr.Tech, Inc., taking place at Regis located in Weston, MA on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

    Jr.Tech, Inc., is a Massachusetts-based non-profit educational organization celebrating 11 years of supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Over the past six years, Jr.Tech has delivered eight Summits across Massachusetts and is once again inviting 250 high school girls to experience the premier Massachusetts STEM event for high school girls.

    Kicking off the day-long event will be an inspirational keynote speech from a female leader in a STEM field after which students will begin rotating through five different hands-on career path breakout sessions with leading female STEM professionals representing a range of STEM fields. Following lunch, students will visit the hands-on Exhibit Hall featuring many STEM-focused organizations and higher education institutions all demonstrating and discussing different areas of STEM careers and fields of study. Afternoon breakouts continue followed by a closing ceremony where attendees will be given a parting gift before heading home.

    Phyllis Russell, Jr.Tech's President and Executive Director, and the creator of the Girls STEM Summit shares, "At every Summit, the energy that radiates from our attendees, presenters and teachers is amazing! The feedback from the girls in attendance is positive and immediate and the adults involved love sharing their STEM experience and knowledge with such bright and enthusiastic attendees.

    The key goals of Girls STEM Summit – Statewide are to educate young women in grades 8-12 on various STEM career paths through hands-on breakouts, to encourage students to continue studying these disciplines throughout high school in order to prepare for college degree programs, to inspire through interaction with female professional role models working in STEM fields, to demonstrate that a STEM career is attainable, to impact decision-making at a critical period, and to close the gender gap in the STEM workforce.

    The Girls STEM Summit – Statewide 2017 serves girls in grade 8-12 and will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Regis, 235 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA. The event runs from 7:45 am - 4:15 pm and has a fee of $60 per student (fee includes lunch and parting gift). Individual and group enrollment available.

    For additional information and to register students for the Summit, please visit Questions can be directed to either of the individuals noted below. Contacts: Phyllis Russell 774-994-2097 Rachel Arno 617-659-1570

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