Hasselbaum named 2023–24 Maine Policy Scholar

Cam Hasselbaum, of Bellingham, Massachusetts, was named this year’s Maine Policy Scholar at the University of Maine.

One student from each of the University of Maine System’s campuses is selected for the program. Each scholar conducts a policy research project that is relevant to Maine. Following a year of study, the scholars present a solution through a report and presentation. 

Hasselbaum, a senior majoring in financial economics with a minor in business administration, will study how university students use generative AI tools like ChatGPT for their assignments. His project adviser is Kelsi Hobbs, an assistant professor of economics at UMaine. 

“This research is important because it has the potential to influence how quickly and to what extent we integrate emerging generative AI technology into higher education,” Hasselbaum says.

The Maine Policy Scholar program is supported by the Maine Community Foundation and overseen by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center. Each scholar receives a $5,000 scholarship and up to $1,000 for research expenses.