This program focuses on Maine Partnerships and provides funds for research and science-related internships and experiences for Jan Plan and summers.


  • Part of the Linde Packman Lab for Biosciences Innovation (LPLBI).
  • Maine-specific (Linde Packman are opportunities for anywhere in the world).
  • Funds are received by applying through Linde Packman funding.
  • Faculty Selection Committee determines designation of project (as a CSS or LPLBI award).

*Eligibility: All current students, including international students, regardless of academic major, are eligible to apply for funding for a scientific research project with a mentor at a Maine institution.*

Seeking funding to work with a Colby professor? This is a separate process. Details can be found at the On-Campus Science Opportunities website.

How to Apply for CSS Funds

  • Amount of funding:
    • See Linde Packman Lab for Biosciences “Amount of Funding” for more information.
    • No difference in funding level for students awarded the Champlin Scholars or Linde Packman Lab award.

Participating Institutions

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science (East Boothbay, ME)

Jackson Laboratory (Bar Harbor, ME)

Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative (MCGI) (Augusta, ME) 

Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) (Biddeford, ME) 

Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI) (Scarborough, ME) 

Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) (Bar Harbor, ME), 

University of Maine at Orono (UMO),  IDEXX (Portland, ME)

And other Maine Institutions.

Background of Program

Professor Art Champlin was a beloved biology professor  at Colby. He mentored many students in genetics, including Jeff Packman ‘88, P’21. Professor Champlin had a longstanding relationship with Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, and was director of the Summer Student Program there for many years until his death in 2003. Karen Linde Packman ‘88 and Jeff Packman generously created the Champlin Science Scholars Program in Professor Champlin’s honor to fund student opportunities in the sciences at Maine Institutions.  About Professor Art Champlin.