High School

2022 MERITS Program is now OPEN! 

Our Maine Research Internships for Teachers and Students (MERITS) Program provides summer (six weeks) research opportunities to Maine high school juniors in host institutions across the state.  Students who are interested in STEM fields and would like to experience “real-time” applications of STEM in a research-focused work world conducting research and technology development should apply.

Due to potential COVID-19 restrictions, internships may either be in-person or virtual/remote and will be dependent on host organization’s ability to accommodate either scenario.

Our MERITS interns are paid a stipend for their six week summer research experience.

Applications are due JANUARY 14, 2022

Students must be U.S citizens, residents of Maine and must be enrolled at a Maine school to apply to this program.

Download 2022-MERITS-Student-application-form and the 2022 MERITS program flyer


MERITS Teacher Recommendation Form


We thank our host participants for many years of continued support of our program!  Below is a list of some host organizations who have participated in our program since 2008, when we took the program under our wing!

List of MERITS host participants since 2008


SAMPLES of final reports from past students:







Past MERITS Classes

Class of 2019

Class of 2018


Class of 2017

Class of 2016




Class of 2015

Class of 2014

Class of 2014

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Class of 2012



Class of 2011



Class of 2010



Class of 2009



Class of 2008