Student profiles

Roy brothers

The Roys: Three brothers, one MBA Program

Billy, Jonathan, and Daniel Roy grew up in Frenchville, Maine. They all earned their bachelor’s degrees at the University of Maine and are now all enrolled in the MaineMBA program. “Honestly, the three of us never planned to work on our MBA’s simultaneously,” Billy says. Jon, who works at the University of Maine Advanced Structures […]

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Claudia Desjardins

Claudia Desjardins: Hands-on lab experience benefits human health in pandemic

University of Maine senior Claudia Desjardins of Bangor pursued a major in animal and veterinary sciences and a minor in mathematics to make a difference in the lives of animals and humans through disease research and prevention. As an undergraduate, she collaborated with UMaine researcher mentors for a study of Maine’s wild turkey population and […]

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Fogler library creates list of Wabanaki-authored books

In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, and in honor of the University of Maine’s place within the homeland of the Penobscot Nation, the Raymond H. Fogler Library created a list of books by Wabanaki authors available at awihkhikaní-wikəwαm (“book house” or “Fogler Library” in the Penobscot language). The growing list contains nearly 70 titles […]

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Jordon Gregory

Jordon Gregory: Hands-on learning in the pulp and paper industry

Jordon Gregory of Minot, Maine, plans to work as an engineer in the pulp and paper industry, and her two internships with Maine companies confirmed her career choice. The Pulp & Paper Foundation scholarship recipient has had internships at Verso Paper in Jay, and Solenis at ND Paper in Rumford. Solenis also offered her another […]

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Rene Francolini

Rene Francolini: Using computational biology talents for Maine-eDNA program 

Graduate research assistant Rene Francolini will employ her knowledge of computational biology to tackle research in the Maine-eDNA program.  Sequencing eDNA produces large amounts of data, and Francolini, a University of Maine Ph.D. student of marine sciences, can parse through and manipulate it for analysis using computational programs and models. She previously worked on eDNA […]

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Sydney Greenlee

Sydney Greenlee: Studying harmful algal blooms in Maine EPSCoR initiative

Sydney Greenlee found her passion for molecular ecology through a research undergraduate experience at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.  Now a participant in the Maine-eDNA program, the Ph.D. student of marine sciences at the University Maine delves deeper into her chosen field, primarily researching harmful algae blooms. Greenlee says she plans to investigate and […]

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Samuel Tan diving with fish in the ocean

Samuel Tan: Exploring microbial communities in Maine-eDNA research

Samuel Tan traveled from Singapore to study at the University of Maine and work for Maine-eDNA.  The Ph.D. student of marine sciences’ research for the Maine EPSCoR program will involve microbial communities and how they change in response to disturbances, such as the effects of seasonality and human action. The technology for eDNA research has […]

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Julia Van Steenberghe

Julia Van Steenberghe: Miss Maine USA says, ‘I definitely bleed blue’

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, Julia Van Steenberghe’s parents’ living room in Old Town was transformed into a veritable TV studio, with ring lights surrounding her as she gave probably the biggest interview of her life so far.  Van Steenberghe — a master’s student in human development at the University of Maine — was chatting […]

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