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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


2011-2012 Award Recipients Announced

The University of Maine Graduate School is pleased to announce the following award recipients for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Chase Distinguished Research Assistantship (CDRA)

Beth Campbell Marine Biology
Gabriella D'Italia Intermedia
Kristin Gabor Functional Genomics
Ann Grote Wildlife Ecology
Bess Koffman Earth Sciences
Alison Lacombe Food & Nutrition Sciences
Yang Lin Electrical Engineering
Edward Martin History
Ethan Rothstein Clinical Psychology
Lisa Walton Spatial Information Sciences & Engineering

Maine Economic Improvement Fund (MEIF) Fellowship

Vanessa Coats Biomedical Sciences
Erik Albert Computer Science
James Beaupre Chemical Engineering
Edward Bernard Biological Sciences
Janice Duy Functional Genomics

University of Maine Dissertation Research Fellowship (UMDRF)

GS Seeking Applications for Faculty Member in Residence

Faculty Member in Residence
Stodder Hall
2011-12 Academic Year

The Graduate School is currently seeking a new faculty-member-in-residence to provide student service support to the resident population in the Stodder Hall graduate residence.  The faculty-member-in-residence will be available to help students with housing related issues when the Graduate School office is not open; working with the Graduate School staff and the Graduate Student Community Coordinator, s/he will foster an integrated community within the Stodder Hall residence.  The faculty-member-in-residence and his/her family will receive full room/board in a 2BR apartment on the first floor of Stodder Hall during the academic year with partial room/board available for the summer.  The position may be renewable based on
satisfactory performance.

The faculty-member-in-residence position is open to faculty members and post-docs.  A strong background in student advising and relevant experience in a residence hall setting is preferred.

To apply, please send a cover letter, vita and the names of 3 references to Dottie Poisson, 42 Stodder Hall, CAMPUS.

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Assessment Announces Graduate Teaching Awardees

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Assessment (CETA) is proud to announce the winners of the Graduate Excellence in Teaching Awards.  

Nicole Heller, doctoral student in Developmental Psychology won the Solo Instructor category award which recognizes a graduate teaching assistant who has served (or currently serves) as the primary instructor of a class.

Artur Palacz, a doctoral student in Oceanography won the Teaching Assistant category award which recognizes a graduate teaching assistant who assists a faculty member with administering, grading, or co-teaching classes.  

For the full press release, please click here

The Higher Degree - January 2011 Issue Available

The Graduate School newsletter The Higher Degree's January 2011 Issue is available!  Please click here to see this issue, and the September 2010 issue.

UMaine College of NSFA Graduate Students Research Competition

The UMaine College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture graduate students will make a series of presentations on Friday, March 18 as part of the College's graduate student research awards competition. The 20-minute presentations, which begin at 1:10 p.m. and continue until 4, are scheduled for the Graduate Commons - Room 57 in Stodder Hall.  Scheduled to present are UMaine students Ellen Robertson, Crista Straub, Venura Herath, Aleksandra Kristo, Michelle Goody and David Mallet. Members of the UMaine community are welcome to attend any or all of the presentations.

Center for Teaching Excellence and Assessment Announces 2011 Graduate Teaching Awards

The Center for Teaching Excellence and Assessment are taking applications for two graduate teaching assistant awards, Solo Instructor and Teaching Assistant.  Members of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Assessment’s Steering Committee will review portfolios. The winner in each category will be contacted by the Director of the Center by Wednesday, April 6, and will receive a framed award and a gift certificate.  If you have any questions, please contact Gail Agrell at 581-3472.  Please click here for more information about applying for these awards. 

Iain Kerr to Speak at 2011 Intermedia MFA Spring Faculty Lecture

The 2011 Intermedia MFA Spring Faculty Lecture

February 7th, 2011     -     100 Lord Hall, 7PM
  I know this sounds *#@*! absurd but...
      What is Art?


A hypothesis: Today anything can be art -- and that is not a bad thing. But it does come at a cost -- art is now mainly imagined to be a distinct sphere -- The Art World -- where forms of subjectivity and cultural capital contentedly circulate. This too is fine. But is there room to imagine that today art could be part of a larger and more ambitious project of “worldmaking”? Could art imagine itself part of the project of evolving new modes of being-of-the-world? This lecture is a meditation on this emerging dynamic.


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