Students in the Spotlight

  • Shannon Risk 2008-2009 Fulbright Fellow

    Posted July 2nd, 2008

    Shannon Risk is a 2008-2009 Fullbright Fellow. Shannon's Dissertation Title is: "In Order to Establish Justice": The Nineteenth-Century Woman Suffrage Movement in Maine and New Brunswick

    Her study will explore whether or not the U.S.-Canadian border loomed large in the formation of nineteenth-century women's political struggle to attain the vote. This project will also demonstrate that, despite the formation of female political organizations in the more urban areas of Maine and New Brunswick, the suffrage movement was sustained by women (and men) in rural areas. Finally, my project will attempt to explain how citizenship, and the rights of citizenship were perceived in Maine and New Brunswick during the woman suffrage movement, and how those ideas played out well into the twentieth century. This project is significant in that it counters the assumption that progressive ideas only flow from urban areas, it demonstrates detailed study of women's political behavior across a national border in a field that has neglected this topic, and it shows the strategies of a disfranchised group to pressure the male political system, in many respects, by creating its own political power structure.

  • Kurt Rademaker, Interdisciplinary Doctoral student, received two national awards for his geoarchaeological research

    Posted May 23, 2008

    Kurt Rademaker, a  Interdisciplinary Studies Ph.D. candidate in Quaternary archaeology, recently received two national awards: the Kellogg Award for geoarchaeological research from the Society for American Archaeology, and the Claude C. Albritton Award for geoarchaeological research from the Geological Society of America. The Society for American Archaeology is an international organization dedicated to the research, interpretation and protection of the archaeological heritage of the Americas. The Geological Society of America is the leading organization of earth science professionals. Kurt is only the second person to receive both awards, and the first to do so in the same year.

  • 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.

  • 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.