Students in the Spotlight

A story regarding students in the spotlight

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture Recognize Outstanding Graduate Students

Posted April 21, 2011

Congratulations to the following graduate students:

Two Master of Liberal Studies Students Receive Maine Studies Research and Creativity Award

Posted April 13, 2011

Rosemary Cyr (at left) and Wynne Guglielmo (at right with Dr. Carol Toner)both Master of Liberal Studies students are co-recipients of the Maine Studies Research and Creativity Award for their work, Cyr for her paper "The Passamaquoddy Wampum Records" and Guglielmo for her project "Bloodworm Digger: Arguing with the DMR."  The two will receive a certificate of their achievement at the Division of Lifelong Learning Honors Ceremony held on April 19th in Wells Commons as well as a $250 award.

Doctoral Student in Psychology, Amy Kaye Studies Adolescent Bullying

Posted March 11, 2011

Amy Kaye, a doctoral student in Psychology, along with other researchers at the University of Maine are trying to understand adolecent responses to bullying.  Kaye first conducted focus groups with middle school students to discuss the kinds of things they might do if they saw a friend being bullied.  Based on the students’ responses, she and UMaine psychology professor Cynthia Erdley developed a questionnaire that was administered to 120 sixth- through eighth-graders to examine what they would do and how they would advise their victimized friends.  “Bullying is at its peak during this time,” says Kaye.  For more information about Kaye and Dr. Erdley's research click here

UMaine Alumnus Dr. Michael Burgess Featured in The Montgomery News

Posted February 17, 2011

The Montgomery News of Fort Washington in Pennsylvania, has a story about Dr. Michael Burgess, a recent UMaine Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology and Environmental Sciences graduate who was hired as a research botanist at the Morris Arboretum. Burgess completed his dissertation research on the genus Amelanchier, known as the serviceberry in December of 2010. Burgess will be responsible for updating and redesigning the Pennsylania Flora Project website.

Intermedia Students Oren Darling and Dennis St Pierre Featured at Night Lights at the Gardens in Buffalo, NY

Posted February 17, 2011

Intermedia MFA students Oren Darling and Dennis St. Pierre were featured as guest performers at Night Lights at the Gardens on February 12th at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens in Buffalo, NY. The 110 year old gardens are a national historic site built by Lord & Burnham.

Night Lights at the Gardens is a three week event designed by SitlerHQ and Volt Vision, Inc. Opening Thursday, February 3rd, it features cutting-edge architectural and theater lighting carefully placed throughout multiple indoor environments, including rainforest, desert, and a South American room with a 30-foot waterfall.

During their performances, Oren and Dennis were given full control of the lighting installed by the SitlerHQ and Volt Vision team. Using custom software, Volt Vision prototype hardware, and a combination of voice,  pre-recorded audio, and ambient sound, the performers will add a new dimension to this already unique event.

Shortly before moving to Maine in August 2010, Oren collaborated with the Volt Vision and SitlerHQ team on an interactive segment of Night Lights at the Heron, a lighting installation on a one-mile trail through the forests of southwestern New York State.


Lighting test on Waterfall by Oren Darling at the Botanical Gardens

Samuel Belknap, Master of Science in Quaternary and Climate Studies Discovers Eviidence of the Oldest Domesticated Dog in the Americas

Posted, January 11, 2011

Master of Science in Quaternary and Climate Studies student, Samuel Belknap has discovered evidence of the oldest known domesticated dog in the Americas.  “This is an important scientific discovery that can tell us not only a lot about the genetic history of dogs but of the interactions between humans and dogs in the past,” said Belknap. “Not only were they most likely companions as they are today, they served as protection, hunting assistants, and also as a food source.”  The bone fragment was discovered while Belknap was analyzing a dried out sample of human excrement that was unearthed in Texas.  Carbon dating testing indicates that the bone is 9,400 years old.

Belknap, whose major advisor is Dr. Kristin Sobolik, has plans to graduate in May 2011.

Bangor Daily News Features Master of Social Work Student, Kristina Minott and her Research on Addiction Recovery

Posted February 2, 2011

Master of Social Work student, Kristina Minott has been featured in the Bangor Daily News for her research on addiction recovery and the qualities of personal resiliency.  Minott is seeking individuals in various stages of recovery for an anonymous survey designed to measure their resiliency.  To see the survey, click here.

Alliison Melton, Intermedia MFA Student Named an Artist to Watch in 2011

Posted January 7, 2011

Intermedia MFA graduate student Allison Melton was named by the Bangor Daily News, one of 11 people to watch on the cultural scene in the Bangor area. Melton has organized several public art events including an undergraduate art exhibit that was held in a vacant former hair salon in downtown Bangor. Melton is also a singer in the local band Queen City.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering Student, Travis Wallace receives Libra Future Fund Grant

Posted January 7, 2011

Travis Wallace, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering student has received a grant award from the Libra Future Fund to support his company Thermoelectric Power Systems LLC.  The Libra Future Fund started in 2005, and awards grants to individuals to promote economic development or create job opportunities in Maine.  Wallace's company will continue to focus on waste heat recovery through the use of thermoelectric materials
primarily for the marine industry.

Intermedia MFA student, Allison Melton Creates Tuna Tree to Promote Pantry Project

Tuesday, January 4th Hollywood Slots employees are hosting the second annual Pantry Project kickoff in front of a holiday tree made of more than 3,000 cans by local artist and University of Maine graduate student, Allison Melton. The tree, made primarily of tuna cans will be an excellent boost towards the goal of collecting 12,000 pounds for Eastern Maine pantries. 

Companies from Bangor to Machias have teamed up with the Pantry Project, a food gathering program organized by United Way of Eastern Maine (UWEM) to benefit local food pantries. “We’re honored to be able to aid in part of the solution for hunger challenges in Eastern Maine,” said John Kuropchak, United Way of Eastern Maine president. “It’s a great partnership with Good Shepherd Food Bank and all
of our participating companies.”  Jason Birney, Director of Marketing at Hollywood Slots said, “We couldn’t be more proud to contribute to this great cause in such a creative way.  We only hope that this beautiful work of art has assisted in raising awareness and donations to the United Way’s Pantry Project.”










Intermedia MFA Student, Allison Melton shown with the Tuna Tree


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