Student profiles

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Maxwell Burtis: UMaine 2022 salutatorian

Maxwell Burtis of Brunswick, Maine is the 2022 University of Maine Salutatorian. Burtis is a mechanical engineering major with a neuroscience minor, and an Honors College student. His numerous academic honors include the Thomas P. Hosmer Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering and the J&M Gorman Mechanical Engineering Scholarship. Since 2018, Burtis has been the co-founder and […]

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Aminata Sissoko: From Mali to the Mall

Aminata Sissoko loves doing paperwork. With her job in the University of Maine President’s Office, the global policy graduate student is not only perfecting her English, but she also is learning about the day-to-day work that makes organizations tick — work that she sees as vital to her future career in global organizations.  Sissoko was […]

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Jennifer Smith-Mayo: Rethinking how we talk about science

Jennifer Smith-Mayo was in the United Kingdom filming a documentary about a Jesuit priest when she felt a calling.  Smith-Mayo had been working as a photographer and videographer for most of her professional life. Her resume is diverse, working for well-known outlets such as National Geographic and Down East in locations all over the world, […]

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Lily Canders: Heading into kindergarten

When Maine Speaker of the House Ryan Fecteau visited the University of Maine campus Feb. 18 as a Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, his first stop was the Katherine M. Durst Child Development Learning Center. There, Speaker Fecteau, who has proposed legislation to strengthen and grow Maine’s early childhood workforce, held a […]

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Corey Sampson

Corey Sampson: MaineMBA at sea

The Maine Business School says students can earn a MaineMBA from anywhere and Corey Sampson from Durham, Maine, can confirm that that’s true. A 2011 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy and a licensed marine engineer, Sampson has spent his career traveling the globe working for offshore drilling contractors. Taking classes on an oil rig in the […]

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Lauren Babb

Lauren Babb: UMaine broadens horizons for chemistry master’s student 

At the University of Maine, Lauren Babb found new experiences — both academic and personal — and opportunities to meet people who inspired her. Babb, a chemistry master’s student, began her graduate studies at UMaine in the fall 2019. She has been involved in research to create renewable fuel from biomass and study the capture […]

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Melissa Jankowski

Melissa Jankowski: Aspiring forensic psychologist evaluates inmates, patients at N.C. prison complex

To become a forensic psychologist, Melissa Jankowski decided to participate in a competitive internship at a prison complex famous for housing several high-profile inmates: the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina.  Many know FCC Butner for having housed Unabomber Ted Kaczynski and Tiger King Joe Exoctic, but it doesn’t only house incarcerated individuals. The […]

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Maggie Somers

Maggie Somers: Innovating for Maine

Maggie Somers is a December 2021 graduate from Bridgton, Maine. The marketing and media studies double major spent her summer as an intern at Portland Rising through the Innovate for Maine Fellows Program. Read Somers’ story online. Contact: Melanie Brooks,

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Grace Graham

Grace Graham: Summer audit internship leads to job after graduation

Grace Graham’s internship experience at BerryDunn is an excellent example of how a hard-working student can secure a job post-graduation. The accounting, finance, and financial economics major made a fantastic impression during her summer audit internship. She is excited to join the accounting firm as an employee in the spring of 2022. Read Graham’s story online. Contact: […]

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Jocelyn Cooper: Perspectives on deep-sea coral research

Jocelyn Cooper of Boxford, Massachusetts, is a University of Maine senior majoring in marine sciences with a concentration in marine biology. She is a UMaine Center for Undergraduate Research-Maine Space Grant Consortium Fellow and Brooke Olson Award recipient, conducting research in the Waller Lab, led by associate professor Rhian Waller, at UMaine’s Darling Marine Center, […]

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