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Outstanding Graduating Students

Jinlun BaiJinlun Bai
Outstanding Graduating Student
Outstanding Graduating International Student
College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture
Honors College
Bachelor of Science in Biology

Jinlun Bai of Kunming, China, double majored in biology and psychology and minored in neuroscience. Mr. Bai received a UMaine Presidential Scholar Award and a Maine INBRE Functional Genomics Thesis Fellowship. For the past three years, he worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the laboratory of Professor of Zoology Harold Dowse, helping maintain the Drosophila culture, monitoring fruit fly heartbeats using a microscope-phototransistor system, and performing data analysis to examine the effect of specific mutations on cardiac function. His honors thesis research in Dowse’s lab focused on using a RNAi technique to explore how mutations on calcium regulatory proteins CaMKII and Calpain affect heart frequency and rhythmicity. Mr. Bai also worked as an organic chemistry peer tutor for the past three years and as a subject area coordinator for two years in the UMaine Tutor Program. As a certified EMT, he has been a volunteer with the University Volunteer Ambulance Corps and was involved in Student Government, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Health Professions Club, Biology Club, Alternative Breaks and the International Student Association. Mr. Bai has been accepted into the Ph.D. Program in Biomedical and Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California.


Finn BondersonFinn A. Bondeson
Outstanding Graduating Student
College of Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Finn A. Bondeson of Woodland, Maine, majored in civil and environmental engineering. His many honors include Phi Kappa Phi membership, the Marcus Urann Scholarship and the University of Maine Presidential Distinguished Scholar Award. Mr. Bondeson had two summer internships — the first with Civil Engineering Services in Brewer, Maine, in 2011, and the second with Stantec Consulting in Limestone, Maine, in 2012 and 2013. Most recently, he has been involved in potato breeding research led by Gregory Porter, professor of plant, soil, and environmental sciences, and professor of agronomy. The goal of the research is to introduce disease-resistant traits into commercial potato varieties. Mr. Bondeson’s numerous campus leadership activities included serving as vice president of programming in Sigma Phi Epsilon, vice president of the Senior Skull Society, trip leader with Alternative Breaks and president of the Nordic Ski Club. He also has been a member of Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon, the UMaine chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Black Bear Men’s Choir. This summer, Mr. Bondeson will work for Finn’s Organics, the family organic potato farm.


Ariel BorhenAriel L. Bothen
Outstanding Graduating Student
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Honors College
Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Ariel L. Bothen of Mount Desert, Maine, majored in anthropology and international affairs, with a concentration in political science, and minored in Spanish and history. Ms. Bothen’s numerous honors include membership in the All Maine Women honor society, and the Paul G. Coulombe and Sun Trust scholarships. In 2012, she participated in the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea, which took her to 12 countries across three continents, and last summer she studied abroad at the Universidad del Pais Vasco in Spain. Subsequently, Ms. Bothen wrote her honors thesis on the politics of the Basque region. On campus, she was involved in the Community Governing Board, International Affairs Association, Alternative Breaks and the Provost Council. She served as president of the UMaine chapter of Amnesty International and as a Student Government senator. Ms. Bothen also was a resident assistant, a certified lifeguard with Campus Recreation, and a peer adviser in the Office of International Programs. This summer, she will intern in the Washington, D.C. office of Sen. Angus King and plans to pursue graduate studies in international affairs.


Meaghan BradicaMeaghan T. Bradica
Outstanding Graduating International Student
College of Education and Human Development
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Physical Education

Meaghan T. Bradica of Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, majored in kinesiology and physical education, with a concentration in exercise science. Ms. Bradica was a member of the women’s soccer team. Her honors include a Team Maine award for achieving the highest grade point average on the UMaine women’s soccer team, and being named to the America East Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll, 2010–13. Last summer, Ms. Bradica interned in a physical therapy clinic in Ontario and, for the last two semesters, was a teaching assistant for the UMaine adapted physical education class, led by Stephen Butterfield, professor of education and special education. She also was a peer tutor in chemistry, and helped lead UMaine youth soccer clinics and youth summer soccer. Ms. Bradica plans to spend the coming year working, traveling and volunteering, and then pursue graduate school.


Dilasha DixitDilasha Dixit
Outstanding Graduating International Student
Maine Business School
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance with an additional major in Accounting

Dilasha Dixit of Katmandu, Nepal, majored in finance and accounting. Her honors include the Clark Noyes Liscomb ’60 Prize and the Director’s Award for Best Team Work from UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Ms. Dixit’s extensive internship experience includes work in brand development with the Carlsberg Group, operations management with the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, financial analysis with Emera Maine and product analysis with Liberty Mutual Insurance. She was vice president of strategy for the Student Portfolio Investment Fund (SPIFFY) and a student ambassador for the Maine Business School. Currently, Ms. Dixit is a CFA Level I candidate. She plans to pursue a Master of Business Administration.


Kayla JonesKayla S. Jones
Outstanding Graduating Student
College of Education and Human Development
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Physical Education

Kayla S. Jones of Freedom, Maine, majored in kinesiology and physical education. Ms. Jones received the Gene and Judith K. Carter Scholarship, the Walter F. Tibbetts Scholarship and the Wesley D. Jordan Scholarship. This semester, she interned at Down East Hand and Physical Therapy in Bangor, Maine. She also was a teaching assistant for the UMaine adapted physical education class, led by Dr. Stephen Butterfield, professor of education and special education. She will enter graduate school in the fall to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy.


Theresa McMannusTheresa H. McMannus
Outstanding Graduating Student
Division of Lifelong Learning
Bachelor of University Studies

Theresa H. McMannus of Milo, Maine, majored in university studies and minored in child development and family relations. Ms. McMannus received an associate degree in business management from UMaine in 1994. Much of her academic research focused on developmental behavior disorders, including attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. She has worked for her alma mater for two decades, most recently as the administrative specialist to the associate provost and dean of the Division of Lifelong Learning. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda and active in her community. Ms. McMannus will continue to work in UMaine’s Division of Lifelong Learning and ultimately hopes to pursue a master’s degree in human development, conducting research on the connection between brain development and developmental behaviors.


Janelle TinklerJanelle E.L. Tinker
Outstanding Graduating Student
Maine Business School
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting

Janelle E.L. Tinker of Lubec, Maine, majored in business administration, with a concentration in accounting. Ms. Tinker’s honors include membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, the Maine Business School’s Excellence in Accounting Award, the Maine Bankers Association Award and the Maine Association of Professional Accountants Scholarship. She worked as a peer tutor and participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Ms. Tinker also volunteered for missionary trips to Arizona in 2010 and 2013. She will return to UMaine in the fall to pursue a Master of Business Administration, concentrating in accounting.


Chi TruongChi H.K. Truong
Outstanding Graduating International Student
College of Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

Chi H.K. Truong of Quang Ngai, Vietnam, majored in chemical engineering, with pre-med and chemistry minors. She was a Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society National Scholar and received a 2013 Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) Fellowship. This spring, Ms. Truong received a second-place poster award at the CUGR Academic and Research Showcase. Working in the laboratory of Professor of Chemical Engineering Joseph Genco, Ms. Truong helped conduct research on the feasibility of generating acetic acid from Maine hardwood extract using electrodialysis. She also was a student research assistant and teaching assistant in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Ms. Truong did two co-op terms at Lincoln Paper and Tissue. Her campus leadership activities included serving as treasurer of All Maine Women, Sophomore Eagles and Tau Beta Pi, and vice president of the Asian Students Association and the International Student Association. Her extensive volunteer activities included participation in Alternative Breaks, the Vietnam Medical Assistance Program and Partners for World Health. Ms. Truong plans to continue her chemical engineering research and pursue graduate work in biomedical engineering.