Students in the Spotlight
Laurie Pinkert, Master of Arts student in English, honored as the University of Maine's 2008 Graduate Student Employee of the Year
Posted May 1, 2008
Laurie Pinkert, a Master of Arts student in English, was recently honored as the University of Maine's 2008 Graduate Student Employee of the Year. Laurie was recognized for her work as a teaching assistant in the English program and as the coordinator for the Graduate School's fall orientation program. The announcement was made during UMaine's Student Employee Appreciation Week. Laurie's citation noted that her "many contributions to the English Department, to the Graduate School, to the Center for Teaching Excellence, and to the University of Maine in general as a student, teacher, and leader will be her legacy. She naturally improves any organization that is fortunate to have her involved." After planning the Graduate School's orientation program again this summer, Laurie will enter a Ph.D. program in English at Purdue University.
Posted April 22, 2008
On April 9th, 2008, the Penobscot Valley Chapter of Maine Audubon awarded the 1st Annual Inez Boyd Environmental Prize Award to two University of Maine Graduate students. Robert Freeman, a doctoral student in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, was awarded the $1000 first prize for his research entitled "Modeling the impacts of land use change on vernal pool-breeding amphibians." Michael Bailey, a doctoral student in Zoology, was awarded the $500 second prize for his research entitled "Effects of age and size on relative survival of newly stocked Atlantic salmon fry." The Inez Boyd Environmental Prize Award was established to encourage and reward academic research at the University of Maine on topics that promote the mission and major initiatives of the Penobscot Valley Chapter of Maine Audubon. It is named in honor of the late Inez Boyd, one of the chapter's original founders. Inez Boyd was a lifelong environmentalist and an inspirational leader.
Laura Brothers and Jeff Marsh, doctoral students in Earth Sciences, won awards at the recent 43rd Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America (NEGSA)
Posted April 22, 2008
Laura Brothers and Jeff Marsh, both doctoral students in Earth Sciences, won awards at the recent 43rd Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America (NEGSA) this past March in Buffalo, New York. Laura won NEGSA's Best Student Poster Award and Jeff won 2nd Place for his poster.
Rodrigo Silva-Muñoz, doctoral student in Civil Engineering, won Outstanding Paper Award at 2008 Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering Conference
Posted on April 22, 2008
A research paper written by Rodrigo Silva-Muñoz, a doctoral student in Civil Engineering, won a 1st-place Outstanding Paper award for the upcoming 2008 international conference of the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE). Rodrigo's paper, entitled "Monitoring of Marine Grade Composite Doubler-Plate Joints Using Embedded Fiber Optic Strain Sensors," co-authored by associate professor of civil engineering Roberto Lopez-Anido, reports on research done at UMaine’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center into a new structural health monitoring system for U.S. Navy vessels.