A Message from the GSG Vice President Regarding the GradExpo


On behalf of the University of Maine Graduate Student Government, I am pleased to announce the 2013 UMaine Graduate Student Exposition. Over the course of two days - 28-29 March, 2013 - graduate students from all disciplines will present their research, artistic works, projects and collaborations. In addition to competing for thousands of dollars in cash prizes and recognition for their work, students will be able to interact with representatives from industry and government. This exposition will coincide with the unveiling of the University of Maine’s new Innovative Media, Research and Commercialization Center. The building will be open to the public during the Expo, and graduate students and faculty will be present answer questions and demonstrate the features and facilities housed in the new center.

As in years past, the GradExpo will feature disciplinary sessions with poster and oral presentations featuring students in the Physical Sciences & Technology, Natural Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences. Graduate student artists at the University will be presenting InterMedia art projects, fine art works and performances.

We are excited to announce that we are requesting submissions for several new interdisciplinary sessions that have been added to the GradExpo this year. These sessions will feature research focused on Canada and Canadian-Americanism and on the culture, science and policy of the Gulf of Maine.

Presentations will include traditional short oral presentations and poster sessions, as well as innovative art installations, informal slide-shows and the PechaKucha competition where students from every discipline will present their work in a rapid-fire talk and slide show lasting less than seven minutes. Winners from other campus competitions will be announced at the Expo as well.

Thursday night, UMaine students are invited to a viewing of a feature film by Jorge Cham, the creator of the popular online comic series Piled Higher and Deeper (aka, PhD Comics). Friday night will feature a gala with light refreshments and the awarding of prizes to the Expo’s best presenters.

So mark your calendars, and please watch for activity announcements at: tinyurl.com/UMaineGradExpo. That site also features submission information for UMaine graduate students wishing to present at GradExpo 2013, as well as contact information for the Expo convenors.

I hope to see you there!

-Charles I. Rodda

Vice President, University of Maine Graduate Student Government