Students in the Spotlight

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Master of Business Administration Student Anna Assenmacher Making a Difference

Posted November 28, 2011

Anna Assenmacher graduated from the University of Maine in May 2011 where she majored in Business Management and minored in Political Science. As an undergraduate, she was a Senator on Student Government, Secretary of the Class of 2011, and Secretary of the American Marketing Association.  Immediately after starting the MBA program, Ms. Assenmacher took a leadership role in the MBA program with her work in the MBS Corps.  The MBS Corps is the volunteer outreach and social responsibility arm of the Maine Business School.  As soon as she began the program, Ms. Assenmacher "hit the ground running".  She planned, researched and organized the MBS Corps contingent to help with the annual Acadia National Park cleanup.  She is also currently planning and organizing a toy drive to help area children in need for the holidays, taking the initiative to involve both MBS students as well as one of the service sororities on campus.  She also assisted with the "Paint Penobscot Purple" campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence and helped with the food drive to benefit the Old Town Crossroads food pantry.  Ms. Assenmacher currently works at the Foster Center for Student Innovation as a graduate research assistant, where she helps with the Innovation Engineering curriculum, editing and compiling the teaching guides.  She also plans and promotes the events that the Innovation Center and recently has been helping with business counseling for students and community members.

Jason Canniff, a Master of Arts in English Student Receives 2011 Millay Prize

Posted November 8, 2011

A Master of Arts in English student, Jason Canniff is the 2011 recipient of the Frank and Helene Crohn Edna St. Vincent Millay Prize.  Canniff, originally from Mid-Coast Maine, will offer a reading along with nationally known poet, David Trinidad on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 4:30pm in the Soderberg Auditorium in Jenness Hall.  The annual Millay poetry prize comes with a $1,500 cash award.  For the full press release, please click here.

Computer Engineering Students Place 1st & 2nd of Northeast USA Region in IEEE International Programming Contest

Posted November 3, 2011

Team Megaflops, which included two graduate students, Jason Monk and Aaron McCollough, both Master of Science in Computer Engineering students, and Forrest Flagg won first place in the Northeastern Region of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Programming Competition.  UMaine's Team ShortCircuts won second prize and consisted of undergraduate students Gabriel Noblesmith, Alexander Arseneau and Corey Birdsall.  For the full press release, please click here.  Pictured at left (from left to right) is Forrest Flatt, Jason Monk and Aaron McCollough.

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Communication Student Karen Hutchins Receives Judges' Pick Runner-Up Prize from NSF

Posted November 2, 2011

Karen Hutchins, an Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosphy candidate in Communication, was recognized by the National Science Foundation at the National EPSCoR Conference in October for her research poster "Linking Knowledge with Action Through Municipality-University Partnerships: Predicting Interest in and Preference for Partnerships."  Hutchins won the Judges' Pick Runner-Up Prize for her poster which presents her preliminary results of a new statewide survey of 1,176 Maine municipal officials.  Her participation in this activity was supported by the National Science Foundation award to Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine.  For the full press release, please click here
 

Master of Arts in English Student, Rebecca Czlapinski Publishes New Edition of Gothic Novel

Rebecca Czlapinski, a Master of Arts student in the English Department, recently published a new edition of an an early Gothic novel.  Pyrenean Banditti by Eleanor Sleath was originally published in 1811; the book recounts the trials and tribulations of Adelaide, possibly the daughter of a chevalier or possibly of a peasant.  This 200th Anniversary Edition of Pyrenean Banditti reprints the unabridged text of the first edition of this engaging Gothic novel, which survives in only three known copies worldwide.  Also included in this special edition is a new introduction by Czlapinski in which the details of the life of the mysterious author, Eleanor Sleath, are revealed for the first time.

Master of Arts in History Student, Joseph Miller Named Cadet Command Instructor of the Year

Posted September 27, 2011

Joseph Miller, a Master of Arts in History student who is intending to continue on to the History Ph.D. program here at UMaine, has been awarded the 2011 Cadet Command Instructor of the Year by the U.S. Army Cadet Command.  For the full press release from the Bangor Daily News, please click here.  Photo courtesy of Brian Swartz.

Three Master of Social Work Alums Receive National Award

Posted September 23, 2011

Three Master of Social Work students who graduated in May of 2011, Lee MalvinKristianna Hall, and Robert Jones received a national award from the Influencing State Policy (ISP) committee of the Council on Social Work Education.  Each year ISP gives an award to one graduate student group and one undergraduate student group for their work on policy change at the state level.

Malvin, Hall, and Jones were recognized for their efforts to defeat a bill in the Legislature last spring which would have denied Medicaid (MaineCare) benefits to people who smoked.  Lee, Krista and Bobby documented how this was discriminatory and Lee gave testimony in Augusta.  The prize was $500 and only one is given nationally.

The three are pictured at right preparing to march at the May 2011 Commencement.

Jonathan Paul, Recent Doctoral Alum in Neuroscience Receives Dissertation Award from ISDP

Dr. Jonathan Paul, who recently completed a neuroscience Ph.D. in the UMaine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, has received the outstanding dissertation award from the International Society for Developmental Psychology (ISDP).  Paul, who finished his UMaine degree in August, is in an NIH postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch Maternal-Fetal Center.  Paul will give a presentation on his work at an upcoming meeting of the ISDP.  Dr. Marie Hayes, Professor of Psychology served as Paul's faculty mentor, and is pictured at left with Paul.

Doctoral Student in Chemistry, James Killarney Presenting at Capitol Hill Reception

Posted September 16, 2011

Chemistry Ph.D. candidate James Killarney, who works with Dr. Howard Patterson in the Patterson Research group, will present his work to members of Congress and Environmental Protection Agency administrators at a Capitol Hill Reception for graduate fellows being funded by the EPA next week.   Working in the second year of a EPA STAR Fellowship, Killarney focuses on chemometric modeling of pharmaceutical contamination in water.

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