Black Bear profiles

Bailey West

Bailey West: UMaine 2021 Valedictorian and Outstanding Graduating Student

Bailey West of Stockton Springs is the 2021 Valedictorian and the Outstanding Graduating Student in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture, and in the Honors College. The biochemistry major and honors student is a Maine Top Scholar.  Her numerous honors include the 2021 Society of Toxicology Undergraduate Research Award and the George J. […]

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Drew Bennett

Drew Bennett: UMaine 2021 salutatorian

Drew Bennett of Brewer is the University of Maine 2021 salutatorian. Bennett is a mechanical engineering major with a minor in robotics. He has received Mid-South Engineering scholarships and the Thomas P. Hosmer Scholarship.  Throughout his time on campus, Bennett has been an undergraduate research assistant in the Advanced Manufacturing Center. Last year, he also […]

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Xander Karris

Xander Karris: MaineMBA student’s company captures DPC in 3D

When the Maine Business School needed an in-depth, 3D virtual tour of the D.P. Corbett (DPC) Business Building, Xander Karris answered the call.  The MaineMBA student and his company, Hestia Media LLC, created a first-person tour that brings people inside the complex and gives them a sense of place. He formed an LLC for the […]

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Madeline Blair

Madeline Blair: Society of Women Engineers rising star

University of Maine civil and environmental engineering senior Madeline Blair of Nazareth, Pennsylvania is the recipient of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) award as a current and future leader. The SWE WE Local 2021 Rising Star Award is presented to members with less than two years of experience, and who have demonstrated outstanding community […]

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Pooja Rawat

Pooja Rawat: Community connections in a virtual world

Like many students attending college during the pandemic, University of Maine senior Pooja Rawat has spent the last year in lock-down mode. Thinking about academic pursuits and professional goals in a time where nothing is guaranteed has been tough says Rawat.  Luckily, the Dean’s List student from Mumbai, India, says she has always felt at […]

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Thao Nguyen

Thao Nguyen: Learning the language of microcontrollers

When she earned her associate degree in electrical and automation technology from Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC), Thao Nguyen, a native of Vietnam, had a number of career options available. With a nudge from her professors, she enrolled in the University of Maine’s Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) program.  “I heard all good things about UMaine […]

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Abdelrahman ElbrolosyA

Abdelrahman Elbrolosy: International student leader

Abdelrahman Elbrolosy, a native of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is a double major in finance and management at the University of Maine, and president of the International Student Association. Abdelrahman came to the Maine Business School because he wanted to study business at a strong program in the Northeast. While he lived in the U.S. from […]

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Malak Helal

Malak Helal: Revelations during the pandemic

While the coronavirus pandemic has captured international attention for more than a year, it is clear that the global impacts of COVID-19 have not been fully documented. For undergraduate student Malak Helal, the pandemic has clarified her professional goals and revealed her need to engage with others. “I am hoping my skills as a biomedical […]

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Colby Johns

Colby Johns: Alumna and UMaine science diving assistant earns instructor certification

Colby Johns, a University of Maine alumna who has been working as a UMaine scientific diving assistant since 2017, has successfully completed the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) instructor certification.  UMaine’s Scientific Diving program provides support and training to scientists and students in using diving as a research tool. It is based in Walpole […]

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