Grad School NEWS
All New Graduate Teaching Assistants and New Graduate Students are invited to attend the Graduate School's Annual Orientations on August 27th and 28th. The TA Orientation will be conducted in Stodder Hall on Wednesday, August 27th, and the New Graduate Student Orientation will be conducted at Neville Hall in Room 101 on Thursday, August 28th. Please continue to check here for updated agendas (below).
Dan Churchill’s speech to the Graduate Faculty and Student Recognition Ceremony (aka the Hooding Ceremony) on May 9, 2014.
Dan Churchill is a 1963 Engineering Physics graduate of the University who has had a distinguished career in government service and business. Over the last decade, Dan and his wife Betty have provided critically important resources and inspiration to graduate students in the Climate Change Institute and the School of Policy and International Affairs through the Churchill Exploration Fund and the Churchill Internship Fund. Not only were these programs beautifully conceived to leverage maximum impact, Dan has also been deeply interested in the students and their work. In several cases at least they have become good friends, and Dan’s interest has been hugely encouraging. Dan has also given tremendous time and effort as the Chair of the School of Policy and International Affairs Advisory Board, a group of outstanding individuals who have enhanced the SPIA program immensely under Dan’s leadership.
This is a wonderful occasion – you are being hooded today, and very well deserved that is. It is also a wonderful opportunity for me, as hooding cannot be finished until I have talked at you for a few minutes.
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Student, Stephanie Leonard, Receives Fellowship at International Arts School
Posted April 29, 2014
Stephanie Leonard, 2014 candidate for the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree, recently received the Quimby Family Foundation Fellowship. Leonard teaches art for the Bangor School System and also has a Master in Education degree from UMaine. The fellowship, which takes place at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, is awarded annually to Maine art educators based on a submitted portfolio of work. The school offers intensive studio-based workshops in a variety of craft media and offers a unique experience with internationally-renowned instructors, intensive and focused studio time, a diverse student body, and an award-winning campus. The fellowship provides, room, board and tuition for an extended summer session. Leonard said that the experience provided, “an opportunity to focus on my own art, to re-energize and to experience being a student once again.” Leonard also received the award for Outstanding Service to the Profession by the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) in April of 2013. The MAEA website says of Stephanie, “(she) is an inspiring art educator. She has spent 14 years in the classroom and is always advocating for programs and kids. No matter where she is she finds ideas for art projects. She is constantly finding ideas for themes, materials for projects, and suggestions for ways to promote art.”
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.
The 27th Annual Graduate Student and Faculty Recognition (Hooding) Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 9th, 2014 from 4 to 6 pm at the Alfond Arena. A reception in Wells Conference Center will immediately follow. For more information please see the appropriate link below, or contact the Graduate School at email@example.com or 207.581.3291.
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
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
1st Place: Theodore Wilhite
2nd Place: Amy Pierce
3rd Place: John Bell
1st Place: Julie Riley
2nd Place: Amy Pierce
3rd Place: Jessica LeClair
Arts & Humanities
1st Place: Rebecca White
2nd Place: Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed
3rd Place: Ian Jesse
1st Place: Brianna Hughes
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.
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.
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.