Students in the Spotlight

  • Ph.D. Student in History, Elisa Sance Attends Week-long Forum at University of Saint Boniface

    Elisa Sance, a doctoral student in History was one of 50 participants chosen from 400 applicants throughout Canada, the United States, Caribbean, and South America to attend the Forum Des Jeunes Ambassadeurs De La Francophonie Des Ameriques at the University of Saint-Boniface in Winnipeg, Canada. Over the course of this week long event held this June, Sance attended lectures, workshops, screenings, and discussions promoting the French language and culture, intercultural dialog, and the use of new media. The Forum also aimed at strengthening the participants' leadership skills through a series of hands-on workshops and discussions. The six days were life changing for Sance who has been awarded the title of Ambassador of the French-Speaking World in the Americas, along with all her fellow participants. She is now part of a strong network of people involved in the promotion of the French language and culture in the Americas and is looking forward to give a hand with future projects. The Forum was organized by the Centre de la Francophonie des Ameriques, in Quebec, which strives to promote the French language and culture within the Americas.

    Sance is a May 2014 graduate from the Master of Arts in French program at UMaine.  For her doctoral studies, she plans to focus on language policies  in the 1960's and 70's in New Brunswick, and their effect on people in Northern Maine.  She is also serving as the Vice President for the Graduate Student Government and is organizing the 2015 GradExpo among her other duties.

  • Spencer Meyer, A Recent Ph.D. Alumnus in the School of Forest Resources, Receives 2014 President's Research Impact Award

    Posted September 2, 2014

    Spencer Meyer, Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Resources May 2014 graduate who worked with the Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI) through the University of Maine’s School of Forest Resources has received, along with his faculty advisors Dr. Rob Lilieholm and Dr. Chris Cronan, has been awarded the 2014 President’s Research Impact Award for the development of a sophisticated online mapping tool that allows Maine communities to visualize future landscape scenarios in localized areas.

    A member of SSI’s Alternative Futures Team, Dr. Meyer led the development of the Maine Futures Community Mapper (MFCM) over four years with team leader Lilieholm, Associate Professor of Forest Policy, Cronan, Professor of Plant Biology and Ecology, and Michelle Johnson, an SSI doctoral candidate in UMaine’s Ecology and Environmental Science program. The groundbreaking tool will allow town planners, conservationists, developers, and the general public to better understand and manage community assets – both in terms of conservation and economic development – now and in the future.

    Dr. Meyer, who has been at UMaine for 12 years as both a student and staff member, has been accepted into The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) NatureNet Fellows Program and will begin a two-year fellowship at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies this fall. Dr. Meyer will work together with Yale and TNC colleagues to address questions about how to prioritize future conservation efforts to sustain the environmental and economic benefits of utilizing forests as natural infrastructure.

  • UMaine Ph.D. in Communication Alumna, Hollie Smith New Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Dr. Hollie Smith, a recent doctoral graduate in UMaine’s Communication and Journalism program will be moving to Rhode Island to be an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Rhode Island.  Smith, a member of the Knowledge to Action team, worked on a variety of different projects that looked at how to involve stakeholders into the research process and make knowledge more accessible and applicable to different stakeholder groups. Her research focused on the intersection of science, policy, and media as they relate to environmental issues. 

    Among other achievements including a number of co-authored publications during her time at UMaine, Dr. Smith placed first in the GradExpo's Oral Presentation for the Social Sciences fields this past April.  

  • Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Student, Stephanie Leonard, Receives Fellowship at International Arts School

    Posted April 29, 2014

    Stephanie Leonard, 2014 candidate for the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree, recently received the Quimby Family Foundation Fellowship. Leonard teaches art for the Bangor School System and also has a Master in Education degree from UMaine. The fellowship, which takes place at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, is awarded annually to Maine art educators based on a submitted portfolio of work. The school offers intensive studio-based workshops in a variety of craft media and offers a unique experience with internationally-renowned instructors, intensive and focused studio time, a diverse student body, and an award-winning campus. The fellowship provides, room, board and tuition for an extended summer session. Leonard said that the experience provided, “an opportunity to focus on my own art, to re-energize and to experience being a student once again.” Leonard also received the award for Outstanding Service to the Profession by the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) in April of 2013. The MAEA website says of Stephanie, “(she) is an inspiring art educator. She has spent 14 years in the classroom and is always advocating for programs and kids. No matter where she is she finds ideas for art projects. She is constantly finding ideas for themes, materials for projects, and suggestions for ways to promote art.”