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Erica Desjardins: Fulbright recipient to study international affairs in France

Recent University of Maine graduate Erica Desjardins of Bangor, Maine received an award from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to pursue a master’s degree in European and International Affairs at Cergy Paris University in France. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, a signature program from the U.S. Department of State, funds opportunities for U.S students to […]

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MaggieBeth Turcotte Seavey: Research that’s out of this world

MaggieBeth Turcotte Seavey always had dreams that went beyond this planetary sphere — and the University of Maine has been helping her achieve them. This summer, she will complete her fifth internship at NASA, where she will continue an impressive body of work that includes exoplanets research, instrumentation analysis and advocating for diverse voices in […]

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Peter Breigenzer: Preserving forests as a woodsman and scientist 

Peter Breigenzer of Glasgow, Montana, fell in love with forestry while working in the woods with multiple crews over the past several years. When he decided to attend graduate school, he searched for a program that would marry his passion for outdoor work and research, and teach him how to sustainably manage forests.  Now more […]

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Lara Chern: UMaine 2023 Valedictorian

Mechanical engineering major Lara Chern of Bow, New Hampshire is the 2023 University of Maine valedictorian. Chern is an Honors College student with minors in engineering leadership and management, and mathematics. She graduated from high school two years ahead of her class and enrolled at UMaine when she was 16. As a UMaine junior, she […]

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Zoe Vittum: UMaine 2023 Salutatorian

Zoe Vittum of Brewer, Maine is a University of Maine 2023 salutatorian. Vittum, who minors in bioinstrumentation and neuroscience, is a UMaine Presidential Scholar, and a 2022–23 Helen Louise Stinchfield ’18 Memorial Scholar and Tau Beta Pi Scholar. Her numerous academic and research awards include two National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) — […]

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Ben Campbell: Sixth-generation Black Bear holds up family traditions

When Duncan Aleister Benjamin Campbell — or “Billy Ben,” as his friends and fraternity brothers know him — walks across the stage to graduate this spring, he will be continuing a family tradition. Campbell is part of the sixth generation University of Maine graduates from his family, whose Black Bear origins can be traced back […]

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Jacob Mulligan: Aspiring teacher and coach gains leadership experience at UMaine

During his senior year at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine, Jacob Mulligan was a teaching assistant with the school’s health and physical education department. Although he had thought about becoming a teacher previously, that experience and a conversation with his head football coach and P.E. teacher made him realize that was the career […]

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Brenna Jones: UMaine student recontextualizes the housing crisis 

Brenna Jones of Mount Desert, Maine, spent her high school years either unhoused or precariously housed in the greater Bangor area with little to no support from adults. At times, she lived in her car, in which she kept all of her belongings; couch-surfed or slept in dorm rooms at Husson University. She kept food […]

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Mille Baartvedt: Outstanding Graduating International Student

Mille Baartvedt of Oslo, Norway is the Outstanding Graduating International Student in the College of Education and Human Development. The kinesiology and physical education major is a Presidential Scholar. On campus, she has worked at the New Balance Student Recreation Center and as a teaching assistant, and been a member of the Maine chapter of […]

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