Black Bear profiles

Sabrina Sultana

Sabrina Sultana: Green solvents, recyclable materials can sustain Maine’s forest industry 

Doctoral student Sabrina Sultana understands how Maine’s forests contribute to the state’s economic health. With her adviser, Carl Tripp, she is working to develop innovative industrial materials that can sustain Maine’s forestry industries while advancing bio-based, recyclable materials. Read more about Sabrina’s research on the Advanced Structures and Composites Center website.  Contact: Meghan Collins,

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Darling Marine Center

Darling Marine Center interns: Summer science stories

This summer, eight research interns from the University of Maine, Bates College and Brandeis University collaborated with UMaine scientists based at the Darling Marine Center. Some worked remotely, while other students were out in the field and on UMaine research vessels, collecting data on our changing ocean as part of their capstone and thesis projects.  […]

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Margaret Campbell

Margaret Campbell: Californian chooses UMaine for marine science  

Third-year University of Maine student Margaret Campbell from San Diego, California is an ocean lover who aspires to a career in marine affairs. She started college at the University of California, Davis, a campus renowned for its marine and coastal science programs, but quickly realized that for her, bigger was not necessarily better.  “The University […]

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Maylinda Boynton

Maylinda Boynton: UMaine is ‘home’

University of Maine graduate student and alumna Maylinda Boynton of Belfast, Maine learned a lot about performing arts at UMaine. Before she graduated in 2019 with two degrees — in music education and political science — she performed with four different band groups, sang with University Singers and Mainely Voices, and acted in Maine Masque […]

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Nicholas Slabyj: Rediscovering a family legacy 

University of Maine Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies student Nicholas Slabyj has long been interested in family history. The son and grandson of Ukrainian immigrants, he readily acknowledges the impact of his grandparents, Olha and Roman Fedoriw, on his life.  “I can still recall stories my grandmother told me to ensure that I knew […]

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Mason Crocker

Mason Crocker: Dedicated alum, enthusiastic medical student

Mason Crocker graduated from Gorham High School in 2012. While he had an affinity for academics, particularly science and especially biology, his sights were not set on college while in high school. It was only with strong encouragement from his English teacher and guidance counselor that his application to the University of Maine was completed. […]

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John Cangelosi

John Cangelosi: Bangor High School science teacher, UMaine grad honored with Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching

Bangor High School science teacher and University of Maine alumnus John Cangelosi (’96, ’12G) is one of 107 educators nationwide to receive a 2020 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).  Administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House, the awards are considered the highest honor bestowed by […]

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Melissa Flye

Melissa Flye: Communication key to natural resources management

Melissa Flye analyzed communication patterns of people and groups working to restore Atlantic salmon to Maine rivers. The University of Maine doctoral student says experts understand what’s needed, but that barriers to doing what’s scientifically beneficial can arise due to lack of trust and effective communication. Read more about her research on the Senator George […]

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Nolan Altvater

Nolan Altvater: Honorable Mention for the Udall Scholarship in Native American policy

Nolan Altvater of Milford, a University of Maine rising senior majoring in secondary education and minoring in English, was selected as one of 55 students nationwide to receive Honorable Mention for the Udall Scholarship in the Native American policy category.  The Udall Foundation awards scholarships, fellowships, and internships for study in fields related to the […]

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