UMaine Student Symposium

The 2019 UMaine Student Symposium: Research and Creative Activity will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, ME. Please visit the symposium site for more details about the event.

Symposium site link: https://umaine.edu/umss/ 

Graduate Student Government Awards

The Graduate Student Government is now accepting applications for four prestigious awards that will be announced at the UMaine Student Symposium. Descriptions of the awards and links to the submission forms can be found below. Students may submit applications for multiple awards. 

If you are submitting a letter of support for any of the below awards, please submit them here. Please use an UMaine email address to complete the submission.

Letter of support form link: This award is now closed to further applications.

Contact: If you have any questions about the below awards or the nomination process, please contact the Graduate Student Government’s Awards Committee Chair, Jaqulin Wallace, at gsgsecretary@gmail.com.

  • Dr. Susan J. Hunter President's Research Impact Award

  • Dean of the Graduate School Undergraduate Mentoring Award

  • Provost's Innovative and Creative Teaching Award

  • UMaine Alumni Association Award


Dr. Susan J. Hunter Presidential Research Impact Award

The Dr. Susan J. Hunter Presidential Research Impact Award is given to a graduate student who best exemplifies the University of Maine mission and cornerstones of teaching, research and scholarship, and outreach. Announcement of the award will be made at the UMaine Student Symposium Award Ceremony. 

Award Amount: $1000

An eligible applicant for the Dr. Susan J. Hunter Presidential Research Impact Award must be a graduate student presenter at the UMaine Student Symposium in one of the following categories: oral presentation, poster presentation or exhibit. The student must apply specifically for this award through the Graduate Student Government. Abstract submissions for the Symposium are not automatically enrolled in the award process.

Applications for this award include:

  1. A nomination form. Please use an UMaine email address to complete the submission.
  2. Abstract for the Symposium presentation (250 words maximum).
  3. A statement (250-300 words) written by the student describing their work’s current or potential teaching, research, scholarship, and/or outreach impact on the quality of life and place in the State of Maine.
  4. A letter of support (up to 150 words) from the student’s advisor supporting this impact.

This award is now closed to further applications.

If either statement (student or advisor) is not submitted, the work will not be judged for the award.

Submissions will be reviewed by an Award’s Committee comprised of a minimum of 3 graduate students and 3 graduate faculty members or administrators who will recommend 3 finalists to the President. The President will then make the final decision

DEADLINE: Friday, March 29, 2019 at 5 PM

Dean of the Graduate School Undergraduate Mentoring Award

The Dean of the Graduate School Undergraduate Mentoring Award is given to a graduate student who has gone above and beyond to mentor undergraduate students in the research setting. Announcement of the award will be made at the UMaine Student Symposium Award Ceremony.

Award Amounts:

  • First Place: $500
  • Second Place: $250
  • Third Place: $100

An eligible applicant for the Dean of the Graduate School Undergraduate Mentoring Award must be a graduate student presenter at the UMaine Student Symposium in one of the following categories: oral presentation, poster presentation, or exhibit. The student must apply specifically for this award through the Graduate Student Government. Abstract submissions for the Symposium are not automatically enrolled in the award process.

Application for this award includes:

  1. A nomination form. Please use an UMaine email address to complete the submission.
  2. Abstract for the Symposium presentation (250 words maximum).
  3. A statement (250-300 words) written by the graduate student describing their goals as a mentor, details of the mentoring experience and the mentee(s) role in contributing to the student mentor’s research.
  4. A letter of support (up to 150 words) from the undergraduate mentee describing the successful mentoring experience. Multiple letters can be provided by individual mentees. Individuals writing the letter must be a co-author on the applicant’s abstract for the symposium.

If either statement (student or mentee) is not submitted, the work will not be judged for the award.

This award is now closed to further applications.

Submissions will be reviewed by an Award’s Committee comprised of a minimum of 3 graduate students and 3 graduate faculty members or administrators who will recommend 3 finalists to the Dean of the Graduate School. The Dean will then make the final decision.

DEADLINE: Friday, March 29, 2019 at 5 PM

UMaine Alumni Association Award

The UMaine Alumni Association Award is given to a graduate student who successfully completed their undergraduate degree at UMaine and is now working towards their Master’s or doctorate degree. Announcement of the award will be made at the UMaine Student Symposium Award Ceremony.

Award Amount: $100

An eligible applicant for the UMaine Alumni Association Award must be a graduate student presenter at the UMaine Student Symposium in one of the following categories: oral presentation, poster presentation, or exhibit. The student must apply specifically for this award through Graduate Student Government. Abstract submissions for the Symposium are not automatically enrolled.

Application for this award includes:

  1. A nomination form. Please use an UMaine email address to complete the submission.
  2. Abstract for the Symposium presentation (250 words maximum).
  3. A statement (250-300 words) written by the graduate student describing how their experience as an undergraduate at UMaine prepared them for graduate school and why they chose to pursue their graduate studies at UMaine.

If either statement is not submitted, the work will not be judged for the award.

This award is now closed to further applications.

Submissions will be reviewed by an Award’s Committee comprised of a minimum of 3 graduate students and 3 graduate faculty members or administrators who will recommend 3 finalists to the Alumni Association. The Alumni Association will then make the final decision.

DEADLINE: Friday, March 29, 2019 at 5 PM

Provost’s Innovative and Creative Teaching Award

The Provost’s Innovative and Creative Teaching Award is given to a graduate student who is a lead instructor for a course at UMaine and successfully uses innovative and creative teaching methods that bring the subject matter to life. Announcement of the award will be made at the UMaine Student Symposium Award Ceremony.

Award Amount: $850

An eligible applicant for the Provost’s Innovative and Creative Teaching Award must be a graduate student presenter at the UMaine Student Symposium in one of the following categories: oral presentation, poster presentation, or exhibit. Applicants must also be an instructor of a course of record. The student must apply specifically for this award through the Graduate Student Government. Abstract submissions for the Symposium are not automatically enrolled in the award process.

Application for this award includes:

  1. A nomination form. Please use an UMaine email address to complete the submission.
  2. Abstract for the Symposium presentation (250 words maximum).
  3. A statement (250-300 words) of their work in the classroom, including evidence that students are provided with an innovative and/or creative way to better understand the subject matter.
  4. A letter of support (up to 150 words) from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s teaching.

If either statement (student or faculty member) is not submitted, the work will not be judged for the award.

This award is now closed to further applications.

Submissions will be reviewed by an Award’s Committee comprised of a minimum of 3 graduate students and 3 graduate faculty members or administrators who will recommend 3 finalists to the Provost. The Provost will then make the final decision.

DEADLINE: Friday, March 29, 2019 at 5 PM