Students in the Spotlight

  • Jenna Morency, master's student in History, awarded a Fulbright grant to research plight of U.S. citizens imprisoned by British Forces in 1839

    Posted October 30, 2007

    Jenna Morency, currently a Master's student in History at the University of Maine and a recent 2007 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to research the plight of U.S. citizens imprisoned by British forces at a Tasmanian penal colony in 1839 for their participation in the Canadian Rebellion.  More information is available HERE.

  • Jennie (Leland) Woodard, doctoral student in History, holding a book signing for first children's book entitled Mardelia and the Princess of Thean

    Posted October 30, 2007

    Jennie (Leland) Woodard, a doctoral student in History, will hold a signing of her first children's book entitled Mardelia and the Princess of Thean.  The book signing will be held on November 9th, 2007 at 7:30PM at Borders in Bangor, ME as part of their Local Author Showcase.

  • Christy Finlayson, a doctoral student in Biological Sciences, leads charge to protect ecology of tiny island from unwanted guests

    Posted September 4th, 2007

    Christy Finlayson, a doctoral student in Biological Sciences, leads the charge to protect the ecology of a tiny island from the ravages of unwanted guests.  Midway Atoll, once a regular stop for transpacific military flights, and its isolated location and nearly predator-free terrain have made it the perfect nursery for more than 2 million nesting seabirds.  Finlayson and her team have employed a multipronged approach to removing invasive golden crownbeard and restoring Midway's native vegetation in a way that is both effective and ecologically sound — pulling up plants, carefully using herbicides, replanting native species and educating the public.  Finlayson's project combines research, educational outreach, and good old-fashioned muscle to combat the tenacious plants, and has proven effective so far. The project began as an assignment for a graduate-level course on biological invasives taught by Finlayson's adviser, UMaine biological sciences professor Andrei Alyokhin.  A link to the article featured in the September/October issue of UMaine Today is available HERE.

  • Soren Hansen, doctoral student in Marine Biology, featured in two articles in UMaine Today

    Soren HansonPosted August 29th, 2007 - Soren Hansen, a doctoral student in Marine Biology, is the subject of two write-ups in the September/October issue of UMaine Today.  Hansen runs Sea & Reef Aquaculture, raising tropical fish such as clownfish and seahorses to supply the home aquarium industry.  A link to the full article is available HERE.  Hansen also provides some insight into the fascinating characteristics of seahorses in a column available HERE.