Students travel to Chile for international competition, WABI reports

WABI (Channel 5) reported 10 students from across the country who are participating in an intensive research course at the University of Maine are traveling to Chile for an an international competition. The students, who have been working at UMaine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute, will discuss sustainable product development and biofuel generation with a panel of judges, according to the report. “It’s to get students excited about research as a career because we need scientists to be able to carry on and develop new materials and new products for the future,” said Doug Gardner, a professor of forest operations, bioproducts and bioenergy at UMaine, who is accompanying students on the trip. Students will spend six days in Chile and compete against other college students from around the world, the report states.

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