Posts Tagged ‘Canadian Studies Students’

Killam Fellowship Awardee receives $5000 Killam Community Action Grant

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Mallory Lavoie, a junior majoring in Journalism and French and recent Killam Fellowship awardee, has received a prestigious $5000  Killam Community Action Initiative Award to fund a project she envisions – a French immersion summer camp.

Mallory was one of three UMaine students awarded a 2011 Killam Fellowship Program award, and she spent the Spring 2011 semester studying French at the Laval University in Quebec City.

As a Killam Fellowship recipient, she qualified to apply for the 2012 Killam Community Action Initiative Award.  Her proposal which was accepted is to create a two week French Immersion Summer Camp in Madawaska, Maine.  She chose to locate the camp in the St. John Valley because the proportion of the population who speak French in this area is much higher than the rest of Maine.

Mallory explains her winning proposal: “1/3 of the population in Maine has Franco-American Heritage.  However, the percentage of kids who speak French has been on the decline.  One study between 1987 – 1991 shows that French as a mother tongue among students in the St. John Valley declined by 18%.  Now, the French Immersion Program in the Madawaska Elementary School has been cut, leaving less and less opportunities for students to learn French.

The need for this program is pressing because there are still many French speaking adults in the St. John Valley.  French is essential in fostering communication between French-speaking adults and youth.  Being situated between the bilingual province of New-Brunswick and the French-speaking province of Quebec, French is an important tool for maintaining business relations.

With my proposal, I will revive an interest and a connection to the French Language and Franco-American Language among elementary/middle school students.  I will supply students with a foundation in French from onto which they can build skills and confidence to develop fluency.  Learning French at an early age will provide students with an appreciation, connection, and respect for the French Language and for the Franco-American culture.”

Mallory is the first UMaine student to receive this award, and she received the highest award they offer.

For more information about the 2012 French Immersion Summer Camp contact Mallory on firstclass.

Canadian Studies History student Gee receives prestigious Fulbright Award

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

University of Maine Ph.D. student Robert Gee has received a Fulbright Award to conduct research at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is spending nine months at Dalhousie researching a project titled “Tangled Trawls: International Natural Resource Management in the Northwest Atlantic Fishery.”

As a Fulbright student, Gee will study the marine resource areas of the Northwest Atlantic and its international collection of user groups, to examine efforts to manage fisheries in the late19th and early 20th centuries through scientific inquiry, market manipulation and the development and enforcement of regulatory institutions at the local, state, provincial, national and international levels.

“It is with a great deal of pleasure that I welcome Mr. Robert Gee to the distinguished group of Canada-U.S. Fulbright Students,” says Michael Hawes, executive director of Fulbright Canada ( “Mr. Gee’s research is important and timely, and his study will offer unique and critical insight into the marine resource management. His work will have far-reaching consequences that stretch across our shared border, and beyond.”

Gee holds a master’s in U.S. History from the University of New Hampshire and a BA in English and American Studies from Colby College. He is now working towards his Ph.D. in history focusing on environmental and international history and resource management. He has amassed a number of publications and conference presentations, and has held numerous teaching and research positions at UMaine, Southern New Hampshire University, Beal College and Hesser College.

The Fulbright is a prestigious international award for graduate students, as applicants are selected from throughout North America.  Previous UMaine Canadian Studies graduate students receiving this award include:

(2008) Shannon Risk, Host: University of New Brunswick, Project Title: “’In Order to Establish Justice’ – Woman Suffrage in 19th Century Maine and New Brunswick”

(2007) Magaret Cruikshank,  host: University of Victoria, Field: Women’s Studies

(2006) Paul Buck II, Host: Universitè Laval, Project Title: “Otherness in Quèbec’s Canadian History Textbooks: 1950-2004: Mirrors of a Dynamic Identity”

(2002) Hans Carlson, Host: University of Ottawa, Project Title: “And the Waters Shall Taste of Earth: Nature, Culture and the Development of Eastern James Bay” and (2002) Laura Detre, Host: University of Alberta, Project Title: “Immigration Propaganda and the Canadian Governmentís Policy for Prairie Development, 1880 to 1940″

(2001) Joshua Smith, Host: University of Ottawa. Project Title: “The Rogues of Quoddy: Smuggling in the Maine-New Brunswick Borderlands, 1783-1820”

Honors student Sarah Denslow awarded prestigious Killam Fellowship Award

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Ms. Sarah Denslow, a third-year student at the University of Maine, has been granted a Killam Fellowships-Maple Leaf Foundation Award to study at the University of Ottawa for the 2011-2012 academic year. An Honors College Sophomore, Sarah is majoring in International Affairs and French.  She was awarded one of fifteen Killam Fellowships awarded to undergraduates in the United States.  As a Killam Fellow at the University of Ottawa, Ms. Denslow will be studying international affairs, women’s studies and French.  The Killam Fellowship award includes $5000 in tuition funds plus health insurance, and travel funds. She will spend the academic year at UOttawa.

“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Sarah Denslow on her achievements and on being selected as a Killam Fellow,” says Dr. Michael Hawes, Executive Director of the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America. “Ms. Denslow recognizes the cultural value of this program as well as its academic uses and is just the kind of Fellow we hope for. We wish her all the best at the University of Ottawa and in her studies.”

Ms. Denslow is originally from the Philadelphia area, and she fell in love with Canada during a class trip to Ottawa. She was previously an exchange student to France, and is looking forward to continuing her study of the French language and culture in Ottawa.

The Killam Fellowships Program provides exceptional undergraduate students from select universities in Canada and the United States with the opportunity to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the other country. Sarah is completing her second semester at UOttawa and will return to UMaine Fall 2012.

Killam Fellowship Program has awarded four UMaine students in the past three years: Matthew Mulkern (Civil Engineering), Kristen Brown (Elementary Education ), Kristen Kirouac (International Affairs and French), and Mallory Lavoie (Journalism and French).