IURC Funds Four Sustainability Projects

The Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Collaborative (IURC) grant program recently announced four award winners for 2019 projects, all led by Mitchell Center members. Funded projects involve teams of two or more faculty members from different disciplines with primarily undergraduate researchers working in areas of interest. The IURC is funded by UMaine’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School and the UMS Research Reinvestment Fund.

Dragging undergrowth for ticksProjects led by Mitchell Center researchers include: “Biophysical and social dimensions of tick-borne disease risk in Maine’s public parks and natural areas” led by Allison Gardner, School of Biology & Ecology; “The Western Passage student research collaborative: Considering physical, biological, and social dynamics of a tidally energetic system in Eastern Maine” led by Kristina Cammen, School of Marine Sciences; “Making Maine’s Local Food System Sustainable: Opportunities to Address Hunger and Reduce Waste Through a Multi-site, Interdisciplinary Team” led by Deborah Saber, School of Nursing; and “Science and Workforce Development for Sustainable Aquaculture in Maine” led by Heather Leslie, Darling Marine Center.