Undergraduate students

UMaine Geology Club explores glacial deposits, volcanic rocks in Iceland

In May, 19 University of Maine Geology Club members and two faculty took a 10-day field trip to Iceland. The focus of the student-planned trip was on glacial deposits and volcanic rocks in the south of Iceland. The group toured Thingvellir National Park, site of Iceland’s first government and the center of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge […]

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First five MIRTA teams showcase their discoveries

Five discoveries, including one designed to monitor the health of beehives using radar, were showcased by University of Maine faculty-led teams from the Maine Innovation, Research and Technology Accelerator (MIRTA) May 30 at the Foster Center for Student Innovation on campus. The five MIRTA projects are: A high-value, low-cost geoinformatics system to better compile broad-scale […]

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Student spotlight: Danielle St-Pierre

Hometown: Clifton Park, New York Danielle St-Pierre graduated in May with a degree in food science and a minor in chemistry. She is enrolled in an accelerated Master of Science food science program at UMaine. “I enjoy studying complex interactions between different compounds in food. This is part of what drew me to study kombucha (fermented, effervescent […]

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Student spotlight: Samantha Frank

Hometown: Windham, Maine Nursing major and four-time National Collegiate Wrestling Association champion Samantha Frank graduated in May. She recently concluded her career as a Black Bear grappler with a 44–0 record. “Wrestling is a good practice run for life. Nursing is really hard. The biggest thing for me is I have strong faith and a […]

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Student spotlight: Emma Fournier

Hometown: Turner, Maine In May, after just three years of college, Emma Fournier earned a degree in biology with a concentration in pre-medical studies. She teamed with assistant professor Allison Gardner to identify regions in Maine most vulnerable to Lyme disease and to explore if dogs are sentinels for Lyme disease transmission. “I love to […]

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Growing collaboration

Maine’s forest industry annually harvests up to 7 million cords of wood to build homes and make products. But only 25 percent of students in biology courses on six University of Maine System campuses knew incorporation of CO2 gas from the atmosphere into molecules by leaves is the process that contributes most to increase timber […]

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UMaine Students Compete in North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge

Visalia, CA — Four students from the University of Maine competed in the 17th Annual North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge® this spring. The event, based in Visalia, Calif., included 235 students from 38 colleges across the U.S. and Canada. Dairy Challenge is a unique, real-world experience where students work as a team and apply their […]

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Student spotlight: Christian Zwirner

Hometown: Windham, Maine Christian Zwirner is a biochemistry major and Spanish minor. The former president of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity will graduate in December 2018. The Senior Skull vice president’s research in Rob Wheeler’s lab focused on the fungus Candida albicans, which annually causes several thousand deaths due to hospital-acquired infection. He won the Frederick […]

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UMaine’s 216th Commencement is May 12

More than 1,650 students, including 34 doctoral degree candidates, are expected to participate in the University of Maine’s 216th Commencement on May 12 in Harold Alfond Sports Arena on campus. UMaine Commencement will be held in two ceremonies, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Both ceremonies are ticketed events and live streaming will be available. Tips for attending Commencement, […]

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