Massachusetts Association 
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Opportunities for Students

  • Saturday, March 10, 2018 8:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Marjot Foundation supports environmental research at the high school level. Each year we fund individuals or teams of high school students to conduct an environmental field or laboratory research project. Projects may focus on any area of environmental research, and must be designed by the student applicant. Students must write an independent proposal detailing their research goals to be carried out over a one-year period in order to apply for a Marjot Foundation grant.

    Funding from the Marjot Foundation is very competitive. Preference for awards will be given to students from public high schools, although students from private schools may also apply and will be considered.

    For more information, and to apply visit the Marjot Foundation Website.

  • Saturday, March 10, 2018 8:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Now in its 27th year, the MSMR Student Competition is open to all students from across New England in grades 7-12, whether attending a public, parochial, private or independent school or those who are home-schooled.

    The students are challenged to envision themselves as journalists working at a science news service for their fellow teenagers, and report on a recent biomedical research break-through. They are then asked to make a presentation via an essay, poster or website to explain that breakthrough to their peer audience. Students are able to utilize science websites, TED talks, science news blogs, research journals, newspapers, magazines, news releases from research organizations, interviews or personal contacts to uncover their information, which then must be presented in their own words.

    Students are judged by a panel of industry experts, and winners are awarded prizes in the following amounts:

    1st Place - $500

    2nd Place - $250

    3rd Place - $100

    Honorable Mention – Certificate of Merit

    In addition, classroom grants are awarded to the teachers of the winning students in the following amounts:  1st Place - $100

    2nd Place - $50

    3rd Place - $25

    All student winners also receive a book about science, and they and their parents and teachers are invited as our guests to the MSMR Annual Meeting in June in Boston where they will be honored for their achievements.

    Complete information, as well as an online information packet and directions for entering can be found at:

  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018 8:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    High School Girls! Explore your interest in the ocean, science, and math, and meet scientists, educators, and new friends by attending this FREE two-day workshop during February Vacation 2018.

    WHO:    Girls in grades 10-12

    WHAT:  In this two-day workshop girls will learn about the tools used to study the genomes of living things, and tips for a successful career in marine science.

    WHEN:  February 20 & 21, 2018

                    SNOW DATE: February 23

    WHERE: Northeastern University Marine Science Center, Nahant. Daily shuttle is available from Ruggles, Wonderland and Lynn/Central Square MTBA stations

    Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, this workshop is free of charge. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and preference is given to girls hailing from economically disadvantaged families.

    To find out more and apply, visit:

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 8:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    My name is Michael Hirsch and I am the lab science manager at the Acera School, a K-8 progressive school in Winchester. I teach science through hands on lab projects and activities and will be offering some great after-school lab programs for all elementary and middle school students. There is a class for ages 10-14, which involves genetic engineering and working within the molecular biology realm, and one for 7-9 year olds, which is an interactive exploration of various basic concepts in biology and chemistry. The course descriptions are below.

    Explorations of Genetic Engineering (or Biohacking) (Ages 10-14)

    Location: Acera School, 5 Lowell Ave, Winchester, MA

    Winter Trimester: November 28, 2017 – March 9, 2018

    Spring Trimester: March 12, 2018 – June 8, 2018

    One of the most exciting and innovative fields in the biotechnology realm is genetic engineering. Using microrganisms, scientists have the ability to edit the genomes of living creatures to add or remove features from their DNA. In this course, students will explore many of the skills that molecular biologists use every day to genetically manipulative non-pathogenic organisms like C. elegans and E coli, including restriction enzymes, transformations, ligations, DNA purification, RNA interference, agarose gel electrophoresis, and the CRISPR. For anyone who has wanted to know what its like to be a biologist on the forefront on biotechnology, this is the class to take. Pre-requisite for taking this course include basic knowledge about DNA and cells or a willingness to learn it.  

    Science Explorations (7-9)

    Location: Acera School, 5 Lowell Ave, Winchester, MA

    Winter Trimester: November 28, 2017 – March 9, 2018

    Spring Trimester: March 12, 2018 – June 8, 2018

    This class is perfect for any young mind who wants to know more about biology and chemistry. Through hands-on activities and experiments, students will be introduced to how a scientist works in a laboratory, from planning your experiment to running it to observing and interpreting your results. Our approach for this class is to get young minds excited about science, and allow them to explore concepts within biology and chemistry in hands-on and age appropriate ways. Parents should know that at this age, students may not necessarily be able to recite specific scientific concepts in detail; but they will begin their scientific literacy, and gain an intuitive understanding of the science they tackled, which will include aspects of acid/base chemistry, chemical reactions, crystals, polymer chemistry, microbiology, and ecology. There is no prior knowledge of science needed, just a passion for the subject matter. Students need to be able to comfortably fit at the lab table as well as fit into extra small gloves and be able to hold glass objects.

  • 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:

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