Since 1983, Project SEARCH has been providing an on-campus, intellectually challenging experiences for academically motivated high school students.  Read more about Project SEARCH.

Project SEARCH at the University of New Hampshire is celebrating its 31st year of operation.  High School students from ten schools of Seacoast New Hampshire and Southern Maine meet at the University to discuss today’s problems and opportunities with experts and in discussion groups about topics they will not only be confronted with but will have to make decisions about.

Please take the time to review videos and descriptions of past sessions. These include political debates, radio and television personalities, fiction writers, college professors, political leaders, people who not only have the knowledge of history but also lived through it, and presenters whose talents few students ever get the opportunity to meet and understand. Read about Project SEARCH's mission.

Our "virtual door" is always open; you can contact us at any time. With support from advisors and administrators of our participating schools, we hope to see SEARCH continue another 30 years!

Respectfully submitted:

Jim Fabiano

Location: Dover, NH

Project SEARCH opens up its 30th year with a low ropes courses consisting of a series of real and imaginary obstacles designed to challenge groups and individuals to work together to accomplish a task. The classification of low ropes courses can be further broken into several types of activities:

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Presenter: Robert Mair, Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Psychology Department, University of New Hampshire

Why we dream is still one of the behavioral sciences' greatest unanswered questions. Researchers have offered many theories—memory consolidation, emotional regulation, threat simulation—but a unified one remains, well, a pipe dream. Nevertheless, people continue mining their nighttime reveries for clues to their inner lives, for creative insight, and even for premonitions.

Presenter:  Robert Rivest

Robert Rivest uses a mesmerizing blend of comedy and science that enthralls both children and adults. Robert Rivest comically explores how scientists and artists see the world around us. Through an exciting use of mime comedy and informative science tie-ins, Robert Rivest inspires his audience to see science in a new light. His comic examples of everyday science are educational gems, advancing any science curriculum. His enthusiasm for science is so infectious that hard to reach students are often the first to volunteer for interactive pieces.


Presenter: Regina Shearer, Rivier College

Regina Shearer of Rivier College in New Hampshire, sang with the Platters in the early 90's. She will talk about what it was like being world-famous in the 1990's and her life's lessons during those times. She will also discuss what to expect in all of our immediate futures.

Presenter:  Chris Schadler, MS, MA - New Hampshire & Vermont Representative & Wild Canid Ecologist

Chris' interest in wild canids began in 1980 as a volunteer at the Wolf Park in Battleground, Indiana under Dr. Erich Klinghammer. This opportunity and others inspired an eventual Masters in Conservation Biology at Antioch University Graduate School. Her thesis focused on the biological and social perspectives of natural recovery for the Eastern Timber Wolf in Michigan.

Presenter:  Timothy J. Pifer, Laboratory Director, NH State Police Forensic Laboratory

On Saturday, January 27, 2001 the bodies of two popular Dartmouth College professors, Half and Susanne Zantop, were discovered in their home near the Hanover, NH campus. The Zantops had been stabbed multiple times resulting in their deaths earlier that day. This discovery led to four days of round-the-clock crime scene processing and nine months of forensic laboratory work to prepare the case against two young suspects from Vermont.

This presentation will delve into this high-profile murder investigation with an emphasis on the wide array of forensic analyses conducted ranging from classic disciplines such as fingerprint and footwear to state-of-the-art technologies such as DNA and forensic computer analysis.

Presenter: Simone Beaubien

Boston SlamMaster and world-class MC Simone Beaubien will return to SEARCH to host the annual poetry slam. The event always starts with an opportunity for students to read or perform their own poetry in a supportive, exciting environment. Beaubien, a 2008 National Poetry Slam finalist, will draw four other national competitors from the New England scene to perform their own original work in the slam.

During this seminar, two sides of the issue of legalization of marijuana will be presented.  Legalization of marijuana was long considered unthinkable by serious policymakers, but polls show that public attitudes have dramatically changed in recent years, and in 2012 two states voted to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana. How will these policies work in Colorado and Washington, why were they approved by voters, and are any New England states likely to follow suit? Matt Simon, a New Hampshire-based legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, will explore these questions and more.

Presenter: Professor Lawrence Reardon

Every so often, North Korea emerges from its isolated corner in Northeast Asia to threat nuclear Armageddon. Its missiles and technology is found in the hands of many of the world’s pariah nations, contributing to an overall insecurity felt from Jakarta to Berlin, and Washington. How did North Korea become one of the strangest yet most dangerous countries in the world? Is North Korea really dangerous, or is it using threats as a bargaining chip to achieve its national goals.


Presenter: Jeannie Sowers, Associate Professor of Political Science

The tragic, escalating conflict in Syria, which has already impacted the whole Middle East and dominates international diplomacy efforts, presents no easy solutions. In the lecture, we will ask why the uprising started and examine the human costs of the conflict for those inside the country and for the 1.5 million refugees who have fled to neighboring states. We will also discuss scenarios for the future based on prior conflicts, such as those in Lebanon and Iraq, where the conflicting interests of domestic, regional, and international actors similarly complicated attempts to end the bloodshed, rebuild a functioning central government, and provide human security to ordinary people.

The basic definition of religion is:

  • the belief in a god or in a group of gods
  • an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods
  • an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group

The seminar will present a variety of beliefs, including Catholic, Jewish, Islam, Buddhist, and Secular Humanism. The students will be able to ask questions about these religious groups.

The Innocence Project is a non-profit legal clinic affiliated with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University and created by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld in 1992. The project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. As a clinic, law students handle case work while supervised by a team of attorneys and clinic staff.

Most of our clients are poor, forgotten, and have used up all legal avenues for relief. The hope they all have is that biological evidence from their cases still exists and can be subjected to DNA testing. All Innocence Project clients go through an extensive screening process to determine whether or not DNA testing of evidence could prove their claims of innocence. Thousands currently await our evaluation of their cases.

The 2013-14 end-of-year outing takes SEARCH participants to the Charles Playhouse in Boston where they will see "Shear Madness," a play which has been running since 1980.

Shear Madness" is one of the most popular entertainments in the world, delighting audiences night after night with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery.