Grad School NEWS
GRADUATE SEMINAR – SPRING 2015
(UGR501 – CRN 9498)
Can Be Taken for Credit or Certificate
This seminar course is targeted to graduate students (as well as postdocs or others) who supervise student researchers participating in extensive research and development projects spanning the STEM fields (including natural and social sciences). Participants draw on their own mentoring experiences, eight group discussions, and modest guided exercises, to develop a more purposeful and goal-oriented approach to research mentoring that can improve outcomes for themselves, student training, and the quality of research.
Topics Include: Developing a mentoring philosophy, establishing a workable mentoring and research plan, assessing student needs and performance, mentors as guides to careers, mentoring research ethics, managing lab interactions (and problems), and mentoring communication of research.
Instructor: Dr. Michael Kinnison (firstname.lastname@example.org ; 581-2575)
Format: 8 meetings with discussion and guided exercises
Meeting time: A 1.5 hour period to be arranged with participants
Credit Option: 1 credit Pass/Fail (may substitute for thesis credit in some cases*)
Certificate of Completion: Awarded for successful completion of the course
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and concurrent (or recent) supervision of actual student research experience.
The UMaine Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers will be hosting, along with the UMaine Career Center, a Resume Building Workshop on November 12 from 5-6PM in the Career Center (Memorial Union). Click here for more information.
The Graduate School Thesis Consultant's, Dottie & Crystal will be holding a Thesis Workshop on Tuesday, November 18th from 4-6pm in 48 Stodder Hall for thesis students who have questions about formatting.
A free workshop on writing and publishing successfully will be held on Thursday, November 6 from 3-4p.m. in 48 Stodder Hall with Dr. Robert Milardo.
Dr. John McMichael '71 will be on campus on October 31st at 10AM to give a talk on "Resonant Molecular Signaling from Theory to Pratice Development and Commercialization of a New Pharmaceutical Product" at Foster Innovation Center. Dr. McMichael will describe the development of a new product, SLO, intended for the treatment of Arthrofibrosis, a condition that involves the formation of scar tissue following many surgical procedures. Light Refreshments will be available.
The University of Maine Graduate School is hosting a Graduate and Professional Programs Open House from 4-6 p.m. on October 29 in 42 Stodder Hall for those interested in pursuing graduate education at UMaine. Doctorate degrees are available in 30 areas of study and the master’s degree may be earned in more than 75 areas, ranging from the arts, sciences and engineering to professional degrees in the fields of business, education, nursing, communication sciences and disorders, global policy, and social work. The event will include refreshments and raffle giveaways.
UMaine Awards Howard Reiche, Jr. Master of Professional Studies Degree in Biochemistry After 60-Plus Years
On Tuesday, October 7th, The University of Maine awarded Howard Reiche, Jr. a Master of Professional Studies in Biochemistry after more than 60 years. 85-year old Reiche found out after finishing all of the work for the master's that he needed just one more undergraduate prerequisite course in order to complete the degree in the early 1950's. “At the time, I was 21, married, with no money and the draft hanging over my head,” says Reiche. “Spending another year at UMaine to take one undergraduate course was out of the question. But it’s been on my bucket list all this time.”Reiche (at left) is seen with Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate School, Dr. Carol Kim (right) receiving his Master of Professional Studies diploma. University of Maine News Portland Press Herald WCSH 6 News WMTW 8 News
Elisa Sance, a doctoral student in History was one of 50 participants chosen from 400 applicants throughout Canada, the United States, Caribbean, and South America to attend the Forum Des Jeunes Ambassadeurs De La Francophonie Des Ameriques at the University of Saint-Boniface in Winnipeg, Canada. Over the course of this week long event held this June, Sance attended lectures, workshops, screenings, and discussions promoting the French language and culture, intercultural dialog, and the use of new media. The Forum also aimed at strengthening the participants' leadership skills through a series of hands-on workshops and discussions. The six days were life changing for Sance who has been awarded the title of Ambassador of the French-Speaking World in the Americas, along with all her fellow participants. She is now part of a strong network of people involved in the promotion of the French language and culture in the Americas and is looking forward to give a hand with future projects. The Forum was organized by the Centre de la Francophonie des Ameriques, in Quebec, which strives to promote the French language and culture within the Americas.
Sance is a May 2014 graduate from the Master of Arts in French program at UMaine. For her doctoral studies, she plans to focus on language policies in the 1960's and 70's in New Brunswick, and their effect on people in Northern Maine. She is also serving as the Vice President for the Graduate Student Government and is organizing the 2015 GradExpo among her other duties.
Spencer Meyer, A Recent Ph.D. Alumnus in the School of Forest Resources, Receives 2014 President's Research Impact Award
Posted September 2, 2014
Spencer Meyer, Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Resources May 2014 graduate who worked with the Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI) through the University of Maine’s School of Forest Resources has received, along with his faculty advisors Dr. Rob Lilieholm and Dr. Chris Cronan, has been awarded the 2014 President’s Research Impact Award for the development of a sophisticated online mapping tool that allows Maine communities to visualize future landscape scenarios in localized areas.
A member of SSI’s Alternative Futures Team, Dr. Meyer led the development of the Maine Futures Community Mapper (MFCM) over four years with team leader Lilieholm, Associate Professor of Forest Policy, Cronan, Professor of Plant Biology and Ecology, and Michelle Johnson, an SSI doctoral candidate in UMaine’s Ecology and Environmental Science program. The groundbreaking tool will allow town planners, conservationists, developers, and the general public to better understand and manage community assets – both in terms of conservation and economic development – now and in the future.
Dr. Meyer, who has been at UMaine for 12 years as both a student and staff member, has been accepted into The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) NatureNet Fellows Program and will begin a two-year fellowship at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies this fall. Dr. Meyer will work together with Yale and TNC colleagues to address questions about how to prioritize future conservation efforts to sustain the environmental and economic benefits of utilizing forests as natural infrastructure.