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GSBSE Director David Neivandt wins Genco Award

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:12
On April 9th, 2014, at the Annual Banquet of the Pulp and Paper Foundation, Dr. David Neivandt received the Joseph M. Genco Award for his stellar research, teaching, and service. Dr. Neivandt is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of UMaine's Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering.

 

Award Citation: The Joseph M. Genco Award for Pulp and Paper Industry Support is given annually to the University of Maine employee who has demonstrated exemplary support of the Pulp and Paper Industry through either outstanding research that has the potential to significantly improve the viability of the industry, and/or through innovative student recruitment to help provide the next generation of Pulp and Paper Engineers and Leaders, and/or through innovative teaching that inspires current engineering students.
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27th Annual Graduate Student and Faculty Recognition (Hooding) Ceremony Information Available

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 16:06

The 27th Annual Graduate Student and Faculty Recognition (Hooding) Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 9th, 20143 from 4 to 6 pm at the Alfond Arena.  A reception in the Memorial Gym (the Pit) will immediately follow.  For more information please see the appropriate link below, or contact the Graduate School at umhooding@maine.edu or 207.581.3291. 

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STEM/SBS Women Career Awards and Panel Discussion

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:26
Please join us as we recognize the career achievements of three amazing UMaine women faculty and discuss how the challenges and opportunities for women pursuing of careers in the STEM and Social and Behavior Sciences has changed and how they have stayed the same over the past few decades!

See attached flyer!

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GradExpo 2014 Winners

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:22

The Graduate Student Government and Graduate School are pleased to announce the award recipients for the following awards: 

President’s Research Impact Award: Spencer Meyer

Innovation Award: Spencer Meyer

Provost Teaching Award

1st Place:  Rebecca White

2nd Place: John Bell

3rd Place: Matthew McEntee
 

Mentoring Award

1st Place: Brittany Cline

2nd Place: Agnes Taylor

3rd Place: Kara Lorion

 

Grad Videography Award:

Hari Prasath Palani

 

Grad Photography Awards

Graduate Student Life Category

1st Place: Eva Manandhar

2nd Place: Brett Lerner

3rd Place: Corey Cole

Graduate Student Research Category

1st Place: Amy Pierce

2nd Place: Timothy Godaire

3rd Place: Robin Arnold

 

PechaKucha

1st Place: Theodore Wilhite

2nd Place: Amy Pierce

3rd Place: John Bell

 

Intermedia

1st Place: Julie Riley

2nd Place: Amy Pierce

3rd Place: Jessica LeClair

 

Oral

Arts & Humanities

1st Place: Rebecca White

2nd Place: Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed

3rd Place: Ian Jesse

 

Natural Sciences

1st Place: Brianna Hughes

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UMaine Alum Kurt Rademaker Wins International Award for Ice-Age Research

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 09:58

Posted April 14, 2014

Dr. Kurt Rademaker, 2012 doctoral graduate from the University of Maine and faculty associate of both the Department of Anthropology and the Climate Change Institute, recently received the 16th Tubingen Research Prize in Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology. The award is offered by the Eberhard Karls University in Tubingen, Germany and was created to foster innovative research among young scholars studying Ice Age archaeology, Quaternary ecology and human evolution. As the 2014 recipient, Rademaker delivered the prize lecture February 6th in Germany, received 5,000 Euros, and is expected to contribute a research paper summarizing his research for the journal Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Urgeschichte.

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Jocelyn Runnebaum, Marine Sciences Graduate Student, Receives Major Grant

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 09:16

Posted April 14, 2014

School of Marine Sciences graduate student Jocelyn Runnebaum helped develop and write the recently funded project for studying Atlantic cod and cusk bycatch in the lobster fishery, which potentially has significant impacts on the management of the Maine lobster fishery. Runnebaum is in the dual MS program in Marine Policy and Marine Biology. The Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant grant was awarded through NOAA for a two year project. Specifically this research aims to assess if Atlantic cod and cusk can survive physical trauma that is induced when brought to the surface in a lobster trap if a treatment is applied in a timely manner. Jocelyn will be working with Dr. Chen to play a critical role in the three components of the research; modeling, fieldwork, and outreach. This is a cooperative research endeavor that utilizes opportunistic sampling methods by researchers accompanying commercial lobster harvesters on regular fishing trips to collect data about Atlantic cod and cusk. Jocelyn has identified fisherman participants and has already been working with them to collect data on cusk; she will continue conducting research on cusk and a future graduate student will focus their research on Atlantic cod.

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The Higher Degree 2014 Issue Available

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:09

The 2014 Graduate School Newsletter, The Higher Degree is available.  Check out the features, including information about the first Graduate School Dean, George Davis Chase.  

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Stodder Graduate Community Coordinator Position Announcement

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:15
Graduate Community Coordinator Stodder Hall 2014-15 Academic Year



 

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GSG Expo Schedule Available

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:23

The Graduate Student Government's GradExpo will be held on April 3rd & 4th in the IMRC Building (Stewart Hall).  For a schedule of events, please go here.

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Graduate School Open House - April 2nd

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:08

The University of Maine Graduate School will be hosting a Graduate and Professional Programs Open House from 4-6:30 p.m. on April 2nd in the Graduate Commons (Room 57) of 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.

 

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2014 Graduate Student Photo & Video Contests Open

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 16:02

The UMaine Graduate School solicits photo submissions for Graduate Student Photography Contest. The contest is open to all UMaine graduate students and will include prizes for 1st place ($100), 2nd place ($50), and 3rd place ($25) in each of three categories: grad student life, grad student research, and grad student teaching. The submission deadline has been extended to Tuesday, March 25, 2014.  For more information, see the guidelines and submission information.  

Guidelines and Submission Information for the Photography Contest

Photography Contest Application

Photo Release Form

 

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2014-2015 Award Recipients Announced

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:23

The University of Maine Graduate School is pleased to announce the following award recipients for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Chase Distinguished Research Assistantship (CDRA)

Alex Bajcz Ecology and Environmental Science Jie Cao Marine Biology Paige Case Chemical Engineering Jessica Clark Physics Kourtney Collum Anthropology & Environmental Policy Raymond Flagg Computer Engineering John Sullivan Intermedia Kevin Sullivan Psychology Lisa Weatherly Biomedical Sciences William Weathers Mathematics

 

Dean's Fellowship

Amamihe Onwuachumba Electrical & Computer Engineering
 

 

Michael J. Eckardt Dissertation Fellowship in MEIF Areas (Formerly MEIF)

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Jenny Shrum, Ph.D student, Researches the Connections Between Climate Change and Maple Syrup Production

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 12:25

Posted February 24, 2014

Jenny Shrum, a Ph.D. candidate in the Ecology and Environmental Sciences program, seeks to understand what factors influence sap flow in maple trees, how climate change may influence the factors, and how Maine maple syrup producers will be affected. Shrum is interested both in the biophysical relationships as well as the human dimensions and implications of a changing maple syrup season. She will be using on-site weather station data and sap flow rates at three different Maine test sites to better understand the process of sap flow and how exactly freeze-thaw events stimulate that process. Recent data has suggested that the timing and sequence of these events has been shifting, potentially altering the sugaring season in Maine. Shrum also wants to understand how this, and other potential climate change impacts, will affect maple syrup producers and how. Larger operations, for which sap collection is their primary business, will likely be able to adjust to seasonal changes, but smaller producers may be adversely affected. “They might not be able to change their season,” she says. “A lot of the smaller operators have multiple jobs; they make money off maple syrup, but also in other fields such as woodcutting or construction. It just so happens maple syrup is a block of time when they’re not doing anything else, so it makes sense. But if that season changes, it might not fit into their schedule as well.” Despite this, Shrum feels confident that maple syrup production will remain a possibility in Maine. For further information, please go here.

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Spring Thesis Workshop 2014

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 10:58

Join Crystal from the Graduate School on Monday, February 26th from 4-6pm in the Graduate Commons of Stodder Hall for an informative session about how to format your thesis or dissertation!  She will be covering common mistakes along with samples of what to do.  Please email the "Thesis Workshop" folder in FirstClass or thesis.workshop@umit.maine.edu with your current degree program to register.  Call 207-581-3291 with any questions.

 

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Ashley Hellenbrand, MS Student in Chemistry, Receives Third Prize for Poster at Conference

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 12:08

Posted February 4, 2014

Master of Science in Chemistry student Ashley Hellenbrand presented her research at the 2013 International Conference on Wood Ashesives in Toronto, Canada, where she won third prize and $100 for her poster “Formaldehyde Emissions from ‘Native Wood’”. Hellenbrand is a member of the Wood-Based Composite Center at Virginia Tech, an organization that brings industry and universities together to work on projects collaboratively and to solve or understand major issues. Her research on formaldehyde emissions is “an important topic because the government has been setting levels of emissions so low that ‘native’ wood itself will surpass the emission levels. Major players in the industry would like to know now much “native" wood emits naturally, what the conditions are that produce the most emissions and what is the best mechanism to monitor emissions.”

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Master of Civil Engineering Student, Rachael Joyce, Manages Local Business on the Side

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:34

Posted January 28, 2014

Rachael Joyce is a graduate civil engineering student who also co-manages and -owns Volition Ski Co. with her fiancé, Christopher Bagley. They hand-make skis out of environmentally friendly materials which are sold online, at Ski Rack Sports in Bangor, and Side Country Sports in Rockland. The company was born from Joyce and her fiancé’s hard work, creativity, and an investment from the Maine Technology Institute. Joyce also works full-time at the Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center on a team developing offshore wind technology, including the system currently being tested off the coast of Castine, ME. She said of her involvement in off-shore wind and the ski company, “My hope is that new industry flourishes as a result of the work being done at the Composites Center. On a smaller scale, I hope that maybe other entrepreneurs see what we are trying to do at Volition Ski Co. and be encouraged to pursue their own venture.”

The Bangor Daily News recently published a story on Joyce from the perspective of keeping young, innovative individuals living in Maine. To check out that story, please go here.
 

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New Book on Advising and Mentoring Doctoral Students by UM Faculty Member Susan Gardner

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:25
Did you know that only a little over half of all doctoral students will complete their degrees?  Did you know that a positive relationship with the doctoral advisor has been repeatedly found to be a significant predictor of doctoral student retention and completion?

Most faculty who advise doctoral students do so in one of two ways: Emulate their own advisor (because it was a good experience) or do the exact opposite of their own advisor (because it was a poor one). Rarely are faculty provided with guidance, professional development, or even research related to how to best advise doctoral students. This handbook, written by two experts on doctoral education, provides evidence-based practices, policies, and resources to assist faculty advisors and their doctoral advisees.

To read the new book by UM Faculty Member Susan Gardner about Advising and Mentoring Doctoral Students, find it on Amazon.com.

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Graduate School Solicits Nominations for 2014-15 Graduate Fellowships, Assistantships, and Scholarships

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 16:07

To: Department Chairs, Graduate Board Members, Graduate Coordinators, and Administrative Assistants
From: Dean Sandweiss and Associate Dean Delcourt
Date: January 7, 2014

RE: Open Nominations for 2014-15 Financial Awards
 

The Graduate School is currently accepting nominations for competitively-awarded fellowships, assistantships and scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year (see HERE for 2014-2015 Award Nomination Guidelines).  The nomination deadline for the fellowship and assistantship awards is Friday, February 7, 2014, and the nomination for scholarships and the teaching fellowship is Monday, March 3, 2014.  All nominations must be submitted by the graduate program coordinator via the Graduate School website.  Graduate Coordinators will need to create an account, and apply for a "faculty" role in order to access the e-nominationforms.  If there are any questions, please send an email to crystal.burgess@maine.edu and Crystal will assist you.

Information about the Financial Awards is also available on the Graduate School website within the Faculty Hub.  Faculty members will need to create an account (http://www.umaine.edu/graduate/user/register) to view this information, if they have not done so already.

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