Two Maine high school students awarded paid internship at Advanced Structures and Composites Center

ORONO, Maine – April 27, 2011 – Advanced Structures and Composites Center and DeepCwind Consortium have awarded paid student internships for the two top-scoring American Mathematical Competition (AMC) participants: Benjamin Murphy, a homeschooled student from South Paris, and Xinchi Zhang, a 12th grade student attending Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield. Murphy and Zhang received these offers because they were the highest scoring students in the AMC 10 and AMC 12 competitions in the state of Maine.

Interns at the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center gain hands-on work experience on cutting-edge engineering and science research programs, such as the DeepCwind Consortium’s Research Program. Each paid internship is valued at approximately $20,000.


In the 2010/2011 academic year, 915 middle school students and 2100 high school students in Maine participated in AMC, a 75-minute, 25-question exam.

The American Mathematics Competition of the Mathematical Association of America is the longest running and most prestigious mathematics competition in the United States. AMC is the exclusive pathway for students to participate in the USA Mathematical Olympiad and offers middle school and high school math competitions. For the Maine Honor Rolls, detailed results, visit

The mission of the American Mathematics Competitions is to increase interest in mathematics and to develop problem solving through a fun competition.

The DeepCwind Consortium's mission is to establish the State of Maine as a national leader in deepwater offshore wind technology through a research initiative funded by the US Department of Energy.

Advanced Structures and Composites Center is a state-of-the-art one-stop-shop for integrated composite materials and structural component development. Located at the University of Maine, it offers in-house capabilities for developing a composite product or structure from the conceptual stage through research, manufacturing of prototypes, comprehensive testing and evaluation, code approval and commercialization.


Elizabeth Viselli, Associate Program Manager
Advanced Structures and Composites Center
DeepCwind Consortium
elizabeth.viselli (at)