With the help of a 1.5 million dollar grant from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, College of the Atlantic Students are taking their innovative ideas to a new level - creating their own start up companies right in the classroom.
Eight COA students recently presented their #research at two conferences: The #Acadia Science Symposium and Down East Research and Education Network’s Convergence Conference. Both conferences took place at the #Schoodic Research Institute Oct. 7 and 8. COA students Meghan Lyon ’16, Rachel Karesh ’16, Amber Wolf ’17, Nina Duggan ’18, Audra McTague ’19, Erickson Smith ’15, Bik Wheeler ’09, and Ella Samuel ’16 traveled to the venue to present their research. The Acadia National Park Science Symposium spotlights research taking place in and beyond the park boundary, highlighting the role of science in planning for the future. The symposium provides a forum to inspire interactions and build collaborations with scientists, students, park staff, and others working in a range of fields. The Down East Research and Education Network’s Convergence Conference brings together conservation professionals from throughout eastern Maine to discuss the importance of science-based conservation as an effective tool for protecting the region’s ecosystems. The theme of this year’s conference was #collegeoftheatlantic #anp #acadianationalpark #sciencesymposium
Nimisha Bastedo ’15 worked closely with a school in Fort Providence, a small Indigenous community in Northwest Territories, Canada, while finishing her senior project. It examined harmonizing cultural and academic learning though on-the-land school programs.