Black Bear profiles

An image of student Irja Hepler.

Irja Hepler: Early College leads to hands-on engineering at ASCC

Irja Hepler started working at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC) before college, when she landed an internship as a sophomore in high school. Now Hepler, a civil engineering major from Orono, is a senior at UMaine.  “I really like math and I especially like applying it to the real world, […]

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Bradley Denholm

Bradley Denholm: Engineering student designs programming solutions for AMC

A family connection brought Bradley Denholm to the University of Maine from Kempton Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. The opportunity to contribute daily to projects designed for Maine businesses kept him here.  That connection was Denholm’s grandfather, William “Bill” Bacigalupo, who graduated from UMaine in 1966 with a degree in mechanical engineering.  Nearly 50 years […]

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Jarred Haynes

Jarred Haynes: Anthropology student studies biodiversity, conservation in Bali

Jarred Haynes of Westbrook, Maine had the experience of a lifetime this summer studying abroad in Kerambitan, Bali, in Indonesia.  The sophomore anthropology major studied through the School for International Training (SIT) Biodiversity and Conservation Studies program, which focused on biodiversity, resource-use patterns, and conservation initiatives in the surrounding community.  Haynes, who also has an […]

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Four siblings attend UMaine at the same time

When Brenda Boucher LaFrance returned to Orono in August to move her youngest daughter, Grace, into a residence hall at the University of Maine, it was deja vu. Not just because she is an alumna, but because she has done this two other times, with three of her older children. Brenda and Jim LaFrance of […]

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UMaine students interned with NOAA salmon research team this summer 

Six University of Maine students were part of a group of eight students who interned this summer with the Atlantic Salmon Ecosystems Research Team, part of the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center based at the Woods Hole Laboratory on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and the Maine Field Station in Orono.  The students worked on rivers, at […]

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