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Annual Graduate School Picnic

The Graduate School would like to invite all Graduate Faculty, Graduate Students with their families and Graduate Support Staff to the Annual Graduate School Picnic to be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 from 4 - 6pm at the Stodder Hall Patio (East Side).  A rain date is scheduled for Thursday, September 15th.  We look forward to seeing you all!

UMaine Intermedia MFA Presenting "Without Borders VIII: Breaking Ground"

The University of Maine's Intermedia Master of Fine Arts program is presenting "Without Borders VIII: Breaking Ground" from August 12th - September 16th in the Lord Hall gallery on campus.  The exhibit is free and open to the public weekdays from 9-4.  

This year's Without Borders features the thesis work of the first graduating class from the Intermedia Master of Fine Arts program: John Bell, Richard Corey, Ryan Guerrero, Bethany Engstrom, Matthew Leavitt and Justin Taylor. The exhibition presents a variety of art that exists “between” traditional art forms, and includes installation, variable media, sound art and community-based graffiti.  

“The Without Borders exhibition this year is very exciting for me, not only does this present the first full class of graduating University of Maine MFA students in Intermedia, but also the nature and breadth of the work itself is really remarkable,” says Owen Smith, director of the IMFA.  

 A closing reception is scheduled for September 15th from 5:30-7:30pm.  For more information, please click here.

Graduate School Announcing 15 New Online, Part-time Graduate Programs

In collaboration with the Division of Lifelong Learning, the College of Education & Human Development, the College of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry & Agriculture, the Graduate School is pleased to announce the development of 15 new online graduate programs.   The new programs, beginning in Spring 2012, consist of Master's level degree programs as well as certificate programs.  For more information, what programs will be offered, and who to contact, please visit UMaine Online (

Revised Agenda's for New Grad TA & New Grad Student Orientation Here!

The Graduate School is proud to announce the dates for the Annual Orientation for New Graduate Teaching Assistants (TA's) and New Graduate Students.  New TA's are invited to attend the Graduate Teaching Assistants Orientation on Wednesday, August 24th beginning at 8:15am in Stodder Hall (Graduate Commons).  All new Graduate Student's are invited to attend the New Graduate Student Orientation on Thursday, August 25th beginning at 8:15am in D.P. Corbett Hall, Rm 100.  Please keep checking here for more information, or contact Denise Gianini or Sarah Snow on FirstClass.

Orientation Invitation

Teaching Assistant Handbook

Teaching Assistant Agenda (Revised)

New Graduate Student Agenda (Revised)

UMaine Establishes School of Computing and Information Science

The University of Maine has merged its Dept. of Computer Science with its Dept. of Spatial Information Science and Engineering to create a School of Computing and Information Science (CIS).  The new school became an official UMaine academic unit on July 1.

“Computing and information science has emerged as a key discipline for the 21st Century,” says Susan Hunter, UMaine’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.  “It is now a broad discipline that is at the technical core of our social interactions and relationship with the environment.  This new structure will provide real value to our students while enabling new opportunities in research and public engagement.”

For the full UMaine News press release, please click here.

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Alumni Survey Provides Insight of Successful Program

A new survey of alumni of the University of Maine's largest Ph.D. program - clinical psychology - finds more than 95 percent are licensed practitioners and most are researchers. The majority of those who graduated between 1995 and 2010 live in the Northeast and nearly 67 percent are involved in grant-supported research.  

“These survey results provide further validation of our graduate training efforts and fact that we have established a real center of excellence here at the university,” says Doug Nangle, professor and director of clinical training in the UMaine Department of Psychology. “Excelling in both practice and research, our graduates are impacting the mental health profession in Maine and beyond.”

The alumni viewed assessment and research training, faculty openness and role modeling, and presentation opportunities as particular strengths of UMaine’s program.  For the full press release, please visit the UMaine News story here

UM's School of Policy and International Affairs Travels to UAE for Two Day Conference

A two-day conference entitled "Islam and the West: A Civilized Dialogue" was held on May 16-17, 2011 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and organized by The University of Maine's School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA), and The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research.  The conference was designed to improve mutual understanding and communication between Islamic and Western cultures, and is highlighted on the website of The National, the Abu Dhabi Media company's first English-language publication.  The School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA), is a unit of the Graduate School.  For photos of the event, visit SPIA's website.

Maine Business School Professors, Mahon & Myer Detail Student Foreign Travel in Blogs

Dr. John Mahon, Maine Business School professor is leading a group of UMaine Master of Business Administration (MBA) students on a trip to Russia, and has been posting photos and a discussion about the trip on his blog and detailing the visits to Russian businesses and cultural attractions.

Paul Myer, Executive in Residence at the Maine Business School is also reporting in his blog about a UMaine MBA travel-study trip to Japan. Myer and his students are visiting Tokyo and Kyoto.

Congratulations to the 2011 GradExpo Winners

The 2011 GradExpo was a success!  One hundred and twenty-eight graduate students participated as entrants: 66 in the poster division, 41 in the oral presentation division, 12 in the Intermedia/Fine Arts division and 9 in PechaKucha. There were over 50 faculty members who participated as judges and an estimated 400 faculty, staff and graduate students attended over the two day period. At the opening night reception there were over 250 guests.

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) awarded nearly $3,800 in prizes.  While the GSG supports the GradExpo, they would like to thank the following sponsors, for without their generous support, this wonderful event would not have been possible:

  • Dr. Robert Kennedy, President
  • Dr. Susan Hunter, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
  • Janet Waldron, Vice President for Administration and Finance
  • Dr. Daniel Sandweiss, Dean and Associate Provost for Graduate Studies
  • Dr. Carol Kim and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • VWR
  • Lonza
  • Pierce
  • KPL
  • Thermo

All entrants as well as the winners represented the broad spectrum of research and innovation here at the University. The winners were:

In the Intermedia division

  • Third place is: Richard Corey (Intermedia) - for his piece “The Gorsedd”
  • Second place is: Carolyn Spies (Intermedia) - for her piece “Duck and Cover”
  • First place is: Pieter Tryzelaar (Intermedia) - for his piece “Monsanti’Os”

In the oral presentation division:

Congratulations to the Most Outstanding Graduate Students

Congratulations to the following students who have been named the Most Outstanding Graduate Student in their discipline.


Most Outstanding Graduate Student in:

Human Development Amy Hutchinson
Master of Science in Teaching Milissa Knox
English Rachel Pyles
Special Education Kimberly Mitchell
Counselor Education Olivia Holyoke
Higher Education Kristen Healy O'Neill
Financial Economics Bernadita Silva
Resource Economics & Policy Ann Speers
Resource Economics & Policy Jennifer Plowden
Nursing Mary Lange
Wildlife Ecology Dan Viorel Popescu
Social Work Alison Ashley
Social Work Maureen O'Malley
History David Turpie
Earth Sciences Gordon Bromley
Food Science & Human Nutrition Christopher Gendron
Forest Resources Binod Neupane


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