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3rd Annual Graduate School Open House - October 16

The University of Maine Graduate School will be hosting the 3rd Annual Graduate and Professional Programs Open House from 4-6 p.m. on Oct. 16 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.

Maine’s Department of Communication and Journalism Hosts the 2013 National Communication Association Doctoral Honors Seminar

Maine’s Department of Communication and Journalism hosted the 2013 National Communication Association Doctoral Honors Seminar (DHS) from July 18-21. The DHS has been held since 1970 and is the premier graduate event of our national organization. The Seminar was highly successful. With 29 students from 22 universities and 9 faculty representing 7 universities, it was truly a national affair. The Schoodic Education and Research Center proved to be a magnificent venue. Attendees were openly moved by the location. In written feedback, students almost universally rated the seminar format, agenda, faculty, exchange of ideas, networking opportunities, location, and overall organization as excellent. Informal feedback indicated this was among the high points of some faculty mentor’s careers. Further, funds provided by the Provost were used to support Interdisciplinary Ph. D. in Communication student Bridie McGreavy, to manage communication and logistics. She was also competitively selected as an attendee. For more information on McGreavy’s role, please go here. It was a memorable and significant event for Communication and Journalism, UMaine, and for graduate education.

Teaching Assistant Resources

The New Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation held on August 28th provided students with information about how to be productive within the classroom in addition to some other important information which can be found at out Teaching Resources page.  

Graduate Recognition (Hooding) Ceremony Streaming Video

For those who missed The Graduate Student and Faculty Recognition (Hooding) Ceremony on May 10th, the University has provided the live stream available here.   Enjoy and congratulations to the 2013 graduates!

26th Annual Graduate Student and Faculty Recognition (Hooding) Ceremony Information Available

The 26th Annual Graduate Student and Faculty Recognition (Hooding) Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 10th, 2013 from 4 to 6 pm at the Alfond Arena.  A reception in the Field House will immediately follow.  For more information please see the appropriate link below, or contact the Graduate School at or 207.581.3291. 

Student Information and Registration
Faculty Information
UPDATE: GradImages® will be photographing all graduates at the upcoming Recognition (Hooding) Ceremony. Visit their website,, and click on Pre-Event Email Registration. Enter your email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering your photos. You will receive a coupon for $5 off an order of $25 of more just by registering your information before the event!
Also, flowers will be available for purchase at the Alfond.  
We hope to see you there!

Graduate Student Photo Contest Winner Photos

This year, the Graduate School held its first Graduate Student photo contest which was open to all UMaine graduate students and included prizes for 1st place ($100), 2nd place ($50), and 3rd place ($25) in two categories: grad student life and grad student research.  Students from various disciplines participated and the winners were announced at the GradExpo in April.  To view the winning submissions, please click here.  

2013 Graduate Research Exposition Winners Announced

April 3, 2013

The Graduate Student Government and Graduate School are pleased to announce the award recipients for the following awards: top poster and oral presentations, Intermedia Competition, PechaKucha Competition, People's Choice Award, Graduate Dean's Undergraduate Mentoring Award, Foster Center for Student Innovation Commercialization Award, President's Research Impact Award, and the Graduate Dean's Photo Contest.

As in years past, the GradExpo featured disciplinary sessions with poster and oral presentations featuring students in the Physical Sciences & Technology, Natural Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences. Artists at the University presented Intermedia art projects, fine art works and performances. The PechaKucha competition session challenges students from every discipline to share their work in a rapid-fire slide show lasting under seven minutes. In addition to competing for thousands of dollars in cash prizes and recognition for their work, students have the opportunnity to interact with representatives from industry and government.



1st. Karen Hutchins - Interdisciplinary

2nd. Rebecca White - History

3rd. Ian Jesse - History


1st. Nadir Yildirim - Forest Resources

2nd. Katharin Ruskin - Ecology and Environmental Sciences

3rd. Anna Breard - Food Science and Human Nutrition


1st. Silas Owusu-Nkwantabisah - Chemistry

2nd. Bess Koffman - Earth and Climate Sciences

3rd. Delia Massey - Civil Engineering


2013-2014 Award Recipients Announced

The University of Maine Graduate School is pleased to announce the following award recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Chase Distinguished Research Assistantship (CDRA)

Heather Arnett Ecology and Environmental Science
Patricia Dieter Clinical Psychology
Alyssa Freitag Marine Biology
Adam Kosan English
Hengshan Li Spatial Information Science and Engineering
Linda Markowsky Computer Science
Zhong Pan Civil Engineering
Paul Pluta Quaternary and Climate Studies
Daniela Veliz Education
Rebecca White History

Maine Economic Improvement Fund (MEIF) Fellowship

John Bell Interdisciplinary Ph.D.
Melanie Blumentritt Forestry
Christian Richard Functional Genomics
Stefano Vendrame Food and Nutrition Science
Yunhui Wu Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Maine Dissertation Research Fellowship (UMDRF)

A Message from Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, Dr. Susan Hunter

Dear Graduate Students,

Please read the attached letter from University of Maine Provost Susan J. Hunter. I would also like to recognize your excellence and add my deep appreciation for all you do to benefit the University, the State, and beyond.

Best wishes,

Dan Sandweiss

Dean and Associate Provost for Graduate Studies

Assistant Professor of English Dylan Dryer Receives Braddock Award

Posted on Thursday, March 21

Assistant Professor Dylan Dryer, of the English Department, has received the Braddock Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. The CCCC is the largest organization in the world devoted to theory, research, and instruction in college-level writing. The Braddock Award is given annually to the best article published in the organization’s flagship journal, College Composition and Communication. An appointed review team carefully considers the dozens of peer-reviewed articles published in the journal during the previous year, and then decides which one rises above all the others in its intellectual, scholarly, and expressive excellence. Acceptance into the journal is extremely competitive, but the Braddock Award is a mark of even greater excellence, one that instantly brings visibility to its recipient and has an important impact on his or her career.

Dr. Dryer was the first faculty member in residence in Stodder Hall and held that position for more three years. He has also led the Thesis and Dissertation Studio for graduate students since Spring of 2010. The Studio is a UMaine Graduate School and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences-supported program that engages small, interdisciplinary groups of graduate students in structured peer review and feedback on drafts of their Thesis or Dissertation projects. 

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