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New England Cyberinfrastructure Consortium

FY 2010-2012

The Northeast Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (NECC) is a consortium of five states that are collaborating on building regional cyberinfrastructure. The NECC states, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, have a $6M collaborative award from NSF EPSCoR (Track 2 RII) for specific fiber, research, and workforce development and diversity programs. The NECC states also have a coordinated set of supplements to INBRE and COBRE grants from NIH to further build cyberinfrastructure in the region. The NSF EPSCoR Track 1 RII grants to these states also include cyberinfrastructure improvements that are coordinated with the above.

In Maine,the overall focus for the NECC project is extending the existing fiber optic network to add redundancy and reach additional research and education facilities. The $1.35M NSF EPSCoR Track 2 RII award funds the leasing of fiber up the coast of Maine between Brunswick and Ellsworth to complete a geographically diverse fiber optic ring, and between Orono and Presque Isle to extend Maine's research and education network (MaineREN) into northern Maine to the Canadian border.

In addition, an NIH IDeA (INBRE) supplement award funds the leasing of dense wave division multiplexing equipment to light these new fiber routes with multiple 10Gbps wavelengths.


Looking for an internship that combines career and community?

Maine EPSCoR presents opportunities in the New England Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (NECC) Watershed Project

The NECC Watershed Project is a collaborative, regional program involving students in five states who:

  • collect and analyze long-term high quality data on streams in their respective states

  • are part of an on-line community of watershed researchers

What is the internship:

Participants will do research on the relationships among land use patterns, precipitation, and stream water quality. Research projects may focus on:

  • water quality and chemistry

  • geo-spatial data using geographic information systems (GIS)

  • macro invertebrates

Who can apply:

Undergraduate students at Maine colleges can apply to work with a mentor to conceive and carry out a related research project. They receive hands-on field, laboratory, and data analysis training.



The Watershed Project facilitates mentorships between undergraduate participants and a graduate student or faculty researcher working in watershed research.


A Sense of Community:                               

Watershed Project participants become part of a community of researchers and local specialists that engage and challenge youth in New England and beyond in science and technology fields. Many Watershed Project students go on to study science, math, or engineering in their next level of education.


Paid internships available. Undergraduates may choose a summer internship, academic year internship, or both. Click here for an application.


Students are required to attend a training week in Vermont, May 31-June 3, 2011 and present their findings at a research symposium in April 2012.


For more information contact Maine EPSCoR at 207-581-2285 or


Want a printable flyer? Click here.


This project was designed to assist in broadening student participation in hands-on research activities.

This project is supported by NSF award #EPS-0904155 and EPS-0918018 to Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine.



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