Students in the Spotlight

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Master of Forestry Student, Kristin Peet, Named Biologist of the Year by the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society

Posted November 19, 2012

Kristin Peet, a student in the Master of Forestry program, was named the biologist of the year by the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society in May. Peet has been the big-game biologist for the Penobscot Indian Nation in Indian Island, Maine for seven years. Peet helps the Nation make management decisions regarding the big game species that live on the 130,000 acres owned by the tribe. Nominated for the award by the Penobscot Indian Nation’s Director of the Department of Natural Resources, Peet describes her time working with the Penobscots as eye-opening. She writes: “There’s a huge cultural component to what I do. I can’t look at this as just, ‘Biologically, this is what we need to do with the moose and deer herd. There’s all sorts of cultural aspects — spiritual aspects of hunting female animals, things like that. Scientifically it may make sense to hunt [in a given place] or hunt this number or this sex, but culturally that may not be the same thing.” To read the Bangor Daily News article about Peet, please go here.  

Alper Kiziltas, Doctoral Student in Forest Resources, Receives Scholarship from the Society of Plastics Engineers

Posted October 15, 2012

Forest Resources Doctoral student Alper Kiziltas received a scholarship from the Society of Plastics Engineers’ Automotive and Composites Division for his plans to study the potential use of natural fillers to make automotive plastics. Kiziltas plans to explore the use of fillers such as wood flour, hemp and flax as replacements for materials like glass and carbon fibers in thermoplastics. Kiziltas conducts his research at the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center and if he “is able to prove that thermoplastics with natural fillers can stand up to the stresses of higher heats without degrading, they could replace some materials used in ‘under-the-hood applications.’… the commonly held belief is that natural materials could be used only in thermoplastics with a low melting point, but his early research has shown otherwise.” Kiziltas will report on his research to the Society of Plastic Engineers in September of 2013. To read the Bangor Daily New article on Kiziltas, please click here

Robin Barstow, Master of Social Work Student, is United Way's Featured Volunteer May 2012

Posted October 9, 2012

University of Maine Master of Social Work student Robin Barstow was United Way’s Featured Volunteer for the month of May in 2012. She is a member of United Way of Eastern Maine’s Mentor, Tutor, Reader Drive. United Way described Robin as one of their “finest volunteers” and “one of our top partners in the community working to prevent substance abuse.” As part of her Social Work program Barstow interned at Greater Old Town Communities That Care tutoring middle school students. Barstow says that “the research has found that the presence of ‘one caring adult’ is enough to have a profoundly positive effect upon a child who is facing a multitude of other risk factors.” The Mentor, Tutor, Reader Drive is a group of volunteers who work with children to help them make good decisions through the mentoring and tutoring process. Barstow also said about her experience, “A very effective general protective intervention is tutoring and the bond children form with a caring adult. Just as emotionally traumatic events can tear apart the fabric of individual psyches and families, emotions can also act as powerful catalysts for healing. In my experience, positive words and good role models have great power to elevate us all to what we really want.” For more information about this, please click here

Master of Arts in English Student, Brad Beauregard, Named Winner of Glimmer Train Stories January Competition

Posted September 26, 2012 

Brad Beauregard, Master of Arts in English student, has been named winner of the national Glimmer Train Stories January Competition for his short story “What’s Kept.” Glimmer Train Stories is described as, “One of the most respected short-story journals in print” and is a quarterly magazine that receives nearly 40,000 submissions per year. Beauregard, originally from Skowhegan, ME, is pursuing a concentration in creative writing and has also received an Abby Sargent Neese Scholarship in Creative Writing and a Steve Grady Award for fiction. For more information, please go here.  

Jennifer Hooper, Master of Arts in Intermedia Student, Partners with Local Firm to Develop BAT Bus Schedule App

Posted September 26, 2012

A University of Maine student is making it easier for her fellow students to catch the bus. Jennifer Hooper, a Master of Arts in Intermedia student, recently partnered with local company Sephone Interactive Media to develop the Community Connector app. Finding it difficult to navigate to the BAT online bus schedule on her phone, Hooper created a prototype for the application in one of her classes. The Community Connector app includes complete route and schedule information, and can even show the user the nearest stops to their location. Hooper says of the experience, “Sephone transformed my ideas into a real app that benefits the Bangor community. That’s the best part.” For her work, Hooper won the first ever President’s Research Impact Award at the 2012 GradExpo in April, which she shared with her advisor Dr. Owen Smith of the Intermedia MFA Program. For the full press release,  please click here

Doctor of Philosophy in History Alumna, Dr. Shannon Risk, Interviewed Helen Hunt on NBC Reality TV Show

Posted September 26, 2012

University of Maine Graduate Dr. Shannon Risk received her Doctoral Degree in History in 2009 and is currently an assistant professor of history at Niagara University. Risk was chosen to interview acclaimed actress Helen Hunt on NBC’s new genealogical reality show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” (March 23). “Who Do You Think You Are?” follows well-known celebrities as they seek to learn about their family history. The decision to have Risk interview Hunt was based on Risk’s doctoral dissertation regarding 19th century woman suffrage movements in Maine and New Brunswick. Hunt’s great-great grandmother was instrumental in the fight for women’s voting rights, and was included in Risk’s manuscript. On the T.V. show, Risk taught Hunt about her great-great grandparent’s lives and actions. Dr. Risk said of the experience, “It was nice for me to be a part of Helen’s journey of discovery.” Dr. Shannon Risk is also a former Fulbright scholar and has published two books. For the full story, please click here

Robert Gee, Doctor of Philosophy Candidate in History, Becomes Member of Gradhacker

Posted September 26, 2012

Rob Gee, a Ph. D. candidate in the History Department, has recently become a permanent member of the gradhacker community. Gradhacker is a popular blog written by graduate students for graduate students addressing topics such as technology, professional tasks, wellness related topics, and productivity. Gradhacker’s mission statement describes the site as, “dedicated to creating a community of grads who can benefit from hearing the stories, tips, and challenges of others who are experiencing the same things.” Gee’s first post is titled “Community, Wellness, and the Economy: It’s What’s for Dinner” and discusses food, cooking and the benefits of joint meal preparation for academic communities. You can read Gee’s post here

Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies Student, Ana Cecilia Mauricio, Featured in Peruvian Newspaper

Posted September 26, 2012

Ana Cecilia Mauricio, a Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies student, was featured in an interview published by El Comercio, Peru’s leading newspaper. Mauricio teamed up with another Peruvian graduate student from Yale University to organize the first conference on the Lima culture of the first millennium A.D. The newspaper called the two students, “a new generation of archaeologists, trained in (Peru) with foreign doctorates, who bring a new vision to carry out their work and understand a country as complex as Peru.” Mauricio was recently awarded a prestigious National Geographic Society Waitt Grant. According to the National Geographic website, “The National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants Program funds projects that require venture capital, supporting exceptional projects while foregoing a time-consuming peer-review process.” 

2012 Graduate Student Employee of the Year

On April 9, 2012, Graduate School Grad Assistant Sarah Snow was awarded the 2012 Graduate Student Employee of the Year award at the Student Employment Recognition Banquet.  Nominated by the entire Graduate School Staff, Snow’s nomination letter describes her as “the ideal graduate student employee - highly intelligent, extremely motivated, and very reliable and professional.”  She will be graduating in May, 2012 with a Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and has accepted a position as a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Manson Park and Vickery Schools in Pittsifeld, Maine.  Snow has worked at the Graduate School for two years, most notably as the co-coordinator for both the New Graduate Student and New Teaching Assistant Orientation each August.  The Graduate School wishes the best of luck to Sarah in her future endeavors!
Sarah is pictured here with Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Dr. Robert Dana and President Paul Ferguson at the Student Employment Banquet.
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