Student profiles

Sierra Yost

Sierra Yost: Chemical engineering major, student-athlete, valedictorian

Chemical engineering major and Honors College student Sierra Yost of Windham, Maine is the 2020 University of Maine valedictorian. Yost is a member of the UMaine cross-country, and track and field teams. Her honors thesis focuses on the application of cellulose nanofibers as an alternative to plastics in disposable utensils. As part of her UMaine […]

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Elizabeth Spiller

Elizabeth Spiller: Education major ready to fill buckets and change lives

Last fall, Elizabeth Spiller was in a first grade classroom at Earl C. McGraw School in Hampden, where she’s a student teacher, when the guidance counselor taught a lesson that struck a chord and reminded her why she decided to pursue a career in education. “Picture a bucket in your mind,” the counselor said. “This […]

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Maddy Jackson and Elizabeth Theriault

Theriault and Jackson: Honors College students pitch must-see social justice TV

Maddy Jackson’s Saturday morning routine as a young girl included Cap’n Crunch and “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends.” “As an only child, I had lots of imaginary friends,” says the University of Maine senior from Hermon, Maine. “It’s such a silly cartoon. But it inspired my imagination and creativity. It sticks with me.” Elizabeth “Liz” […]

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Kell Fremouw

Fremouw to compete at international level in wildwater canoeing

Some students spend their time outside of class on the basketball court, the hockey rink or the baseball diamond. Kell Fremouw traverses whitewater rapids in a canoe.   The first-year engineering physics student from Orono competes in wildwater canoeing, a timed event in Class II to Class IV whitewater with both classic and sprint forms of […]

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Bradley Denholm

Bradley Denholm: Engineering student designs programming solutions for AMC

A family connection brought Bradley Denholm to the University of Maine from Kempton Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. The opportunity to contribute daily to projects designed for Maine businesses kept him here.  That connection was Denholm’s grandfather, William “Bill” Bacigalupo, who graduated from UMaine in 1966 with a degree in mechanical engineering.  Nearly 50 years […]

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Jarred Haynes

Jarred Haynes: Anthropology student studies biodiversity, conservation in Bali

Jarred Haynes of Westbrook, Maine had the experience of a lifetime this summer studying abroad in Kerambitan, Bali, in Indonesia.  The sophomore anthropology major studied through the School for International Training (SIT) Biodiversity and Conservation Studies program, which focused on biodiversity, resource-use patterns, and conservation initiatives in the surrounding community.  Haynes, who also has an […]

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