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The Keller BLOOM Program
Date: 05/18/14 - 05/22/14
Location: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Boothbay, Maine
Attendance: Maine home-schooled, public and private high school juniors

An original COSEE-OS partner, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, hosts the long-established Keller BLOOM Program for high school juniors each year. The BLOOM (Bigelow Laboratory Orders Of Magnitude) program offers Maine students interested in science the opportunity work alongside professional researchers, exploring the biological, chemical and geological characteristics of the local marine environment through field and laboratory work. Program participants are immersed in a research environment and, through engagement in field sampling and laboratory activities, including data collection, synthesis and analysis, learn what a career as a scientist involves.

On the first full day of the program, BLOOM participants learn sampling and data collection methods, and put these into practice using standard oceanographic equipment on a research cruise of the local Sheepscot River estuary. The next two days are spent working with scientists on four different activities in the lab, using state-of-the-art techniques and instrumentation to explore phytoplankton, zooplankton, pigments, nutrients, bacteria and marine viruses. On the final day of the program students give a presentation on their research and experience to their friends and families. During the program students also engage in formal and informal discussions with scientists on topics such as public policy and scientific ethics, and attend a Marine Science Career Night, where they learn about undergraduate marine science programs in Maine, and related career possibilities. Students who participate in BLOOM will leave with a better understanding of ocean science and be equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career in a science.

Participants live together in housing in the region, under chaperoned conditions, and all meals and snacks are provided. There is no cost to participate in the program.

Click here to learn more or apply. Applications are due April 11, 2014.

Contact Name: Valerie Young
Contact Phone: (207) 315-2567 x107
Contact Email:

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