News & Recent Events

  • High School Biomedical Research Series MMCRI hosted students from five local high schools for a monthly high school biomedical research program. Students came to MMCRI to learn about various aspects of research at MMC, including Clinical Trials, From the Operating Room to the Laboratory, Growing Cells and Tissues in Labs, Models of Human Disease, and Careers in Biomedical Research. Students gave final presentations on what they learned.
  • STEM Goes Red Approximately 50 female students from Deering, Casco Bay, and South Portland high schools participated in the American Heart Association’s STEM Goes Red event on December 5 at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute. The program’s goal is to close the gender gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields and to inspire students to become advocates for women’s heart and brain health – and to perhaps pursue careers in research and cardiology.  MMCRI’s Dr. Lucy Liaw and Dr. Alexa Craig were both presenters at the interactive sessions.
  • Maine Community Foundation Grant  Learn more

MMCRI offers opportunities for students to learn more about the biomedical research setting through field trips and educational programming.


Educators who are interested in coming to MMCRI for a field trip should contact the Education Coordinator to arrange a visit. Our field trips typically include a brief overview of research being conducted at MMCRI, a hands-on activity, and a tour of the building with one of our graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or staff.

We also welcome home school students and co-ops to come in for field trips to learn about biomedical research at MMCRI!

Contact the Education Coordinator for more information.

Summer Student Research Program

MMCRI’s Summer Student Research Program is a paid ten week internship help from the first week of June through the first week of August every year. Students who are seniors in high school and who will be enrolled in college in the fall following the Summer Student Program are eligible to apply.

Learn more about the Summer Student Research Program.

Traveling Scientist Program

Our researchers are involved in community outreach and can come to your school or classroom to visit. Previous visits have included discussion about careers, science, biomedical research, or specific experimental techniques. We work with educators to provide an expert in the biomedical research field to enhance the school science curriculum or career exploration options.

Contact the Education Coordinator for more information.