Student of the Month

A story of a featured Student of the Month

April 2013 - Student of the Month - Pieter Tryzelaar

Pieter Tryzelaar, a dual student of the Master in Education in Instructional Technology and Master of Fine Art in Intermedia programs, is the April 2013 Graduate Student of the Month.

Graduate School: Where are you from originally?

Tryzelaar: I grew up in Portland. I am also a dual citizen with the Netherlands.

Graduate School: What undergraduate institution(s) did you previously attend?

Tryzelaar: I earned both an Associates and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with a concentration in painting/video production, from the University of Southern Maine. I also have a degree in culinary arts from Southern Maine Community College.

Graduate School: Why did you choose to attend UMaine?

Tryzelaar: I heard about the new Intermedia MFA program and was excited to attend.

Graduate School: What degree program are you pursuing?

Tryzelaar: I am about to complete concurrent master’s degrees, a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology and a MFA in Intermedia, an interdisciplinary art and technology program.

Graduate School: What are your plans after graduation?

Tryzelaar: I am exploring many options, ranging from finding work as an instructional technologist, to pursuing a PhD.

Graduate School: What do you consider your most important accomplishment here so far?

Tryzelaar: I would say I am most proud of my installation for the Intermedia Thesis Exhibition this past September. It was the culmination of years of research and months of preparation.

March 2013 - Student of the Month - Joseph Musumeci

Joseph Musumeci, a Master of Education in Higher Education student, is the March 2013 Graduate Student of the Month.

Graduate School: Where are you from originally?

Musumeci: Toms River, New Jersey

Graduate School: What undergraduate institution(s) did you previously attend?

Musumeci: I attended Rowan University and majored in Communication Studies.

Graduate School: Why did you choose to attend UMaine?

Musumeci: This is a tricky question, as I do not necessarily have a specific reason. During my search of graduate schools, I had more of a gut feeling that this was the place I should come. I followed that feeling and certainly believe it was the right choice, as my experience here has been wonderful. I mean, hey, “You’re in a great place”, right?

Graduate School: What degree program are you pursuing?

Musumeci: Master of Education in Higher Education

Graduate School: What are your plans after graduation?

Musumeci: Well, the plan is to find a job in student affairs at a college or university. My current interests are in student activities or counseling, so the hope is to pursue employment in one of those areas.

Graduate School: What do you consider your most important accomplishment here so far?

February 2013 - Student of the Month - Ana Mauricio

Ana Mauricio, a Doctor of Philosophy of Interdisciplinary Studies student, is the February 2013 Graduate Student of the Month.

Graduate School: Where are you from originally?

Mauricio: I am from Peru.

Graduate School: What undergraduate institution(s) did you previously attend?

Mauricio: I attended to the National University of Trujillo in Peru.

Graduate School: Why did you choose to attend UMaine?

Mauricio: I chose UMaine because I was interested in applying environmental studies and geo-archaeology in Andean archaeology. UMaine is a good place to have this specialization within an interdisciplinary environment.

Graduate School: What degree program are you pursuing?

Mauricio: I completed the M.S. Program in Quaternary and Climate Studies through the Climate Change Institute and now I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Geoarchaeology through the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program.

Graduate School: What are your plans after graduation?

Mauricio: My plan is to continue working on Andean archaeology, developing topics related to the understanding of the processes of transformation and creation of cultural and natural landscapes and how this is related to the rise, development and fall of pre-Columbian societies. I would also like to develop a research center for environmental studies in Peru where researchers from any part of the world can work interdisciplinarily, relating their studies to both past and present environmental topics.

January 2013 - Student of the Month - Skylar Bayer

Skylar Bayer, a Doctor of Philosophy student in Marine Biology, is the January 2013 Graduate Student of the Month.

Graduate School: Where are you from originally?

Bayer: I am from the Greater Boston Area and Cape Cod.

Graduate School: What undergraduate institution(s) did you previously attend?

Bayer: I did my Master of Science in Biological Oceanography in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (MIT-WHOI) Joint Program and I received my Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology from Brown University.

Graduate School: Why did you choose to attend UMaine?

Bayer: I chose the University of Maine because of the reputation of the School of Marine Sciences, the Darling Marine Center and of course my advisor, Rick Wahle. I wanted to learn how to be an ecologist that also works with local fisheries. 

Graduate School: What degree program are you pursuing?

Bayer: Doctor of Philosophy (expected 2016) in Marine Biology in the School of Marine Sciences. My dissertation work focuses on reproductive and fertilization dynamics of Placopecten magellanicus – giant sea scallops. 

Graduate School: What are your plans after graduation?

Bayer: Given that this is a few years away, I’m not sure at this point. I’d like to continue working in the field of ecology, but also help shape future ecological policy. 

Graduate School: What do you consider your most important accomplishment here so far?

December 2012 - Student of the Month - Maureen Correll

Maureen “Mo” Correll, a Doctor of Philosophy student in Ecology and Environmental Sciences is the December 2012 Graduate Student of the Month.

Graduate School: Where are you from originally?

Correll: Conway, Massachusetts, a small town in Western half of the state.

Graduate School: What undergraduate institution(s) did you previously attend?

Correll: The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

Graduate School: Why did you choose to attend UMaine?

Correll: I chose UMaine because my advisor's research interests and mine lined up well, funding was available in one of my areas of interest, and I was excited to spend part of my life in Maine!

Graduate School: What degree program are you pursuing?

Correll: I am pursuing a PhD in Ecology and Environmental Science.

Graduate School: What are your plans after graduation?

Correll: I hope to work as a research scientist and/or a wildlife manager for a federal agency.

Graduate School: What do you consider your most important accomplishment here so far?

November 2012 - Student of the Month - Sara Andrews

Sara Andrews, a Master of Education in Instructional Technology student is the November 2012 Graduate Student of the Month.

Graduate School: Where are you from originally?

Andrews: I was born in Modesto, California, but was raised in Maine. 

Graduate School: What undergraduate institution(s) did you previously attend?

Andrews: I graduated from the University of Maine at Machias with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Entrepreneurial Studies with concentrations in Management and Business Sustainability. 

Graduate School: Why did you choose to attend UMaine?

Andrews: I chose UMaine because it offered an online program that fit perfectly with my interests. It would allow me to work full-time, take care of my family, and still attend school. I also talked with my current advisor, Gail Garthwait, during the application process and was convinced that I would get all the support that I needed to succeed. I was right. 

Graduate School: What degree program are you pursuing? 

Andrews: I am in the M.Ed in Instructional Technology program. 

Graduate School: What are your plans after graduation? 

Andrews: Thanks to the knowledge and skills that I have already attained from UMaine’s Instructional Technology program, I was able to secure a position as an Instructional Designer at St. Joseph’s College. After I graduate, I intend to explore MBA and/or PhD options as well as seek an adjunct teaching position. 

October 2012 - Student of the Month - Tobias Koffman

Tobias “Toby” Koffman, a Master of Science in Earth Sciences student is the October 2012 Graduate Student of the Month.

Graduate School: Where are you from originally?

Koffman: Southwest Harbor, Maine

Graduate School: What undergraduate institution(s) did you previously attend?

Koffman: Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT

Graduate School: Why did you choose to attend UMaine?

Koffman: I chose to come to UMaine so that I could learn about glacial geology from Professor Brenda Hall.

Graduate School: What degree program are you pursuing?

Koffman: I am currently pursuing a Master of Science in Earth Sciences, but also intend to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy.

Graduate School: What are your plans after graduation?

Koffman: I hope to continue my research on the timing and cause of abrupt climate changes.

Graduate School: What do you consider your most important accomplishment here so far?

Koffman: My research results, which will help us to understand the causes of ice-age climate cycles.

Graduate School: What is the highlight of your academic experience so far?

Koffman: Doing field work in Antarctica and New Zealand were definite highlights. 

Graduate School: What is your favorite place on campus?

Koffman: The botanical garden.

September 2012 - Student of the Month - Corey Butler

Corey Butler, a Master of Education in Instructional Technology student is the September 2012 Graduate Student of the Month.

Graduate School: Where are you from originally?

Butler: I’m from Lebanon, Maine; a small and quiet town on the New Hampshire border.

Graduate School: What undergraduate institution(s) did you previously attend?

Butler: My undergraduate degree is also from UMaine, in New Media.

Graduate School: Why did you choose to attend UMaine?

Butler: UMaine was the only undergraduate school I applied to, despite having the opportunity to go to more competitive schools. I fell in love with the atmosphere and the location. I wasn’t interested in looking anywhere else after I took a tour of UMaine. 

Graduate School: What degree program are you pursuing?

Butler: Master of Education in Instruction Technologies.

Graduate School: What are your plans after graduation?

Butler: I intend to pursue a professional career in computer administration and professional development at a University, maybe even UMaine or in the University of Maine System.

Graduate School: What do you consider your most important accomplishment here so far?

May 2012 - Student of the Month - Gabriella D'Italia

Gabriella D'Italia, a Master of Fine Arts in Intermedia student is the May, 2012 Graduate Student of the Month.

Graduate School: Where are you from originally? 

D'Italia:  Morristown, New Jersey

Graduate School:  What undergraduate institution(s) did you previously attend?

D'Italia: St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland

Graduate School:  Why did you choose to attend UMaine?

D'Italia: I have lived in Maine for ten years and want to continue living and working here. I want to build relationships with my community through the University.  The Intermedia MFA program is the only one of its kind in Maine, and I view the interdisciplinary approach to research as a direct continuation of my undergraduate work and necessary to a working art practice. 

Graduate School:  What degree program are you pursuing? 

D'Italia: An MFA in Intermedia.

Graduate School:  What are your plans after graduation? 

D'Italia:  I will continue to make work in my field.  This includes conducting creative research and presenting that research in professional venues.

Graduate School:  What do you consider your most important accomplishment here so far? 

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