Research and Creativity Awards
The Maine Studies program offers two Student Research and Creativity Awards for excellence in Maine-related research projects. Thanks to the generosity of the University of Maine Foundation, these awards include a $250 prize. These awards are designed to highlight exemplary student work and to encourage and promote student research and creative projects related to the study of Maine. All University of Maine research papers or projects that are Maine-related and were written within the last year are eligible. All University of Maine students, both part-time and full-time, are eligible to apply for the awards.
To be considered for these awards, students should submit their paper or project to the Maine Studies Awards Committee, 323 Chadbourne Hall, no later than April 1. The award winners will be honored at the Division of Lifelong Learning Honors Ceremony in late April. For more information, call the Maine Studies office at 581-3147.
The 2013 Maine Studies Research and Creativity Award for the graduate level went to Kourtney K. Collum for her research paper titled, “Native Berries, Migrant Farmworkers: Maine’s Wild Blueberry Industry and the Invisible People Who Sustain It.” A resident of Michigan, Kourtney is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology.
The 2013 Maine Studies Research and Creativity Award for the undergraduate level went to Julie DeGrasse, for her paper “Sea Shanties in the Music Classroom.” Julie is an education major who teaches at Asa Adams School in Orono.
The 2012 Maine Studies Research and Creativity Award for the graduate level went to Seth Toothaker for his research paper titled, “The Minimum Wage in Maine: An Analysis through the Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr.” A resident of Brunswick, Maine, Seth is a student in the MALS program.
The 2012 Maine Studies Research and Creativity Award for the undergraduate level went to Kristen MacBride for her documentary film titled, “Franco-American Papermakers at the Rumford Mill: Past, Present, and Future.” A resident of Hartford, Maine, Kristen is majoring in math with minors in dance and education.
2013 – Graduate Award:
Kourtney K. Collum, “Native Berries, Migrant Farmworkers: Maine’s Wild Blueberry Industry and the Invisible People Who Sustain It.”
2013 – Undergraduate AWard:
Julie DeGrasse, “Sea Shanties in the Music Classroom.”
2012 – Graduate Award:
Seth Toothaker, “The Minimum Wage in Maine: An Analysis through the Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr.”
2012 – Undergraduate Award:
Kristen MacBride, “Franco-American papermakers at the Rumford Mill: Past, Present, and Future”
2011 – Graduate Awards:
Rosemary Cyr, “The Passamaquoddy Wampum Records
Wynne Guglielmo, “Bloodworm Digger: Arguing with the DMR.”
2011 – Undergraduate Awards:
Robin Arnold, “Using GIS to locate preliminary areas for further investigation of potential submerged archaeological sites along the Central Maine Coast.”
Kristine Syrjala, “Identifying Archaeobotanical Remains from Machias Bay.”
2010 – Graduate Award: Jennifer Smith-Mayo, “Maine: The State of Local Food”
2010 – Undergraduate Award: Heather Omand, “17th Century Passamaquoddy and French Occupation in Machias Bay”
2009 – Graduate Award: Stephanie Leonard, “Uncovering the Myth: LL Bean and the Maine Mystique”
2009 – Undergraduate Award: Ian Larson, “The Passamaquoddy Living Language Project”
2008 – Graduate Award: Holly Blanchard-Reed, “Maine Indian Land Claims Case, 1980”
2008 – Undergraduate Award: Valerie Mitchell, “Wabanaki Worldview – Resources for Educators”
2007 – Graduate Award: Phyllis vonHerrlich, “Maine’s Early Landscape Painting – Views of the Village”
2007 – Undergraduate Awards:
Kathy Richards, “Time and Place -Color and Texture”
Heather Cox, “Eliza Allen, the Mexican War, and the Woman’s Sphere”
2006 – Graduate Award: Martha Eastman, “All for Health and All”
2006 – Undergraduate Award: Katherine Pease, “A History of Maine’s Lime Industry”
2005 – Graduate Awards:
Mary Kellogg, “Dirigo Health Act: A Policy Analysis”
Eric York, “When the Woods were Commons: An ‘Ethos of Destruction’ in Maine Poetry”
2005 – Undergraduate Awards:
Dawn Norris, “Identity, Class Consciousness and Voting in a Maine Homeless Population”
Nicholas Wood, “Comparing Folk Revival and Native Storytelling”