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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. 

Submission Deadline for GradExpo2013 is Extended!

In an effort to better serve the graduate student community, we have decided to push back the submission deadline for GradExpo2013 by one week. The electronic submission form will remain active until March 8th.

Additionally, due to a large number of requests, we will be allowing students to present in any of the traditional categories (Oral, Poster, Intermedia), though only presentation one will be considered for cash prizes.

Remember, in addition to their other presentations, all graduate students may ALSO participate in the PechaKucha competition. All PechaKucha participants are eligible for cash prizes in addition to anything they win in their traditional categories. More info on the PechaKucha competition can be found here:

Please see the Grad Expo Website for more information about all categories, or email Charles Rodda:

A Message from the GSG Vice President Regarding the GradExpo


On behalf of the University of Maine Graduate Student Government, I am pleased to announce the 2013 UMaine Graduate Student Exposition. Over the course of two days - 28-29 March, 2013 - graduate students from all disciplines will present their research, artistic works, projects and collaborations. In addition to competing for thousands of dollars in cash prizes and recognition for their work, students will be able to interact with representatives from industry and government. This exposition will coincide with the unveiling of the University of Maine’s new Innovative Media, Research and Commercialization Center. The building will be open to the public during the Expo, and graduate students and faculty will be present answer questions and demonstrate the features and facilities housed in the new center.

As in years past, the GradExpo will feature disciplinary sessions with poster and oral presentations featuring students in the Physical Sciences & Technology, Natural Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences. Graduate student artists at the University will be presenting InterMedia art projects, fine art works and performances.

We are excited to announce that we are requesting submissions for several new interdisciplinary sessions that have been added to the GradExpo this year. These sessions will feature research focused on Canada and Canadian-Americanism and on the culture, science and policy of the Gulf of Maine.

Presentations will include traditional short oral presentations and poster sessions, as well as innovative art installations, informal slide-shows and the PechaKucha competition where students from every discipline will present their work in a rapid-fire talk and slide show lasting less than seven minutes. Winners from other campus competitions will be announced at the Expo as well.

Spring Thesis Workshop

Join Dottie & Crystal from the Graduate School on Monday, February 25th from 1-3pm or Tuesday, February 26th from 2-4pm in the Graduate Commons of Stodder Hall for an informative session about how to format your thesis or dissertation!  They will be covering the same information on both days and will focus on common mistakes along with samples of what to do.  Please email the "Thesis Workshop" folder in FirstClass  or with the session you plan on attending and your current degree program to register.  Call 207-581-3291 with any questions.

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