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UNE Early College Programs

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Ages: 16-18

Gender: Co-Ed

Type: Overnight/Residential

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Attn: UNE Early College Program, Office of Continuing Education, University of New England, Decary Hall 52, 11 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford, ME USA 04005

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Teenagers can immerse themselves in an accelerated academic summer camp program in Coastal Marine Ecology, Creative Writing (Poetry), Neuroscience, or Pre-Law. Experience college life on the scenic Maine coast, and earn 3 college credits. Scholarships available! Read More!

About UNE Early College Programs

Explore the fields of Marine and Environmental Science, Creative Writing (Poetry), Neuroscience, or Pre-Law/Trial Advocacy in UNE’s state-of-the-art facilities and out in the field.

  • Experience college life on the scenic Maine coast.
  • Meet faculty doing research in your field of interest.
  • Enjoy exciting fieldtrips, like a whale watch, beach trips, and a visit to Portland's "Old Port."
  • Make new friends with common interests from across the country.
  • Get a head start on college by earning 3 college credits!

Early College Coastal Marine Ecology students: Immerse yourself in an accelerated Marine Biology/Environmental Studies camp on the University of New England campus on the southern Maine coast. Study marine habitats like salt marshes, barrier beaches, rocky coastlines, and the open ocean. Discuss important topics of ecological concern, such as local endangered species and pollution. CME teens become familiar with laboratory research skills and spend much time in the field researching marine creatures and habitats.

Early College Neuroscience students: Learn from top research neuroscientists on the faculty of 3 UNE colleges (the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Osteopathic Medicine, and Pharmacy), and get an overview of the major methods and findings in the emergent field of Neuroscience. Topics include: cellular anatomy and function, drug effects and pharmacology, neuroanatomy, animal behavior, biological correlates of cognition, and philosophical implications of neuroscience research.  Students attend presentations and laboratory demonstrations by over 10 UNE scientists.  They also visit regional neuroscience-related facilities, schedule permitting. Working closely with the course director on scientific literacy and writing, students apply their new knowledge to identify a research question and design a research proposal to find the answer.

Early College Pre-Law/Trial Advocacy students: Explore the American legal system and a career in law.  Study various legal subjects, such as Contract Law, Tort Law, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law while gaining an understanding of how the court system operates. Visit area District and/or Superior courts to watch a trial, (trial schedules permitting).  After studying the American legal system and case law for background, you will be placed on a mock trial team where you take on the role of attorneys and witnesses. During the course, teams learn the basics regarding the rules of evidence, when objections are appropriate, how to direct and cross-examine a witness, and how to prepare opening and closing statements. The course concludes with each team presenting their case in front of practicing attorneys.

Early College Creative Writing (Poetry) students: Work with a UNE poet and writing instructor, who helps you refine your style and build a writing portfolio. Meet Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair and former Poet Laureate Betsy Sholl, who conduct writing workshops with the students. Get advice on writing and publishing your work from Joshua Bodwell of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. Meet with a UNE Admissions representative who will give you valuable advice on the college application process and financial aid options. The program "wraps" with a public poetry reading featuring the work of students in the Poetry Workshop.

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