Black Bear profiles

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Sophie Dean: Leading on campus and beyond

Sophie Dean may only be a rising junior studying communication sciences and disorders at the University of Maine, but she is already taking on national leadership roles in her field.  Last year, Dean served as Maine’s student state officer for the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), the only student organization for pre-professionals studying […]

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Taylor Britt and Sarah Zacahariason: JET-ting off to teach in Japan

University of Maine alumni Taylor Britt and Sarah Zachariason were selected for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, a prestigious teaching exchange program managed by the government of Japan. Since 1987, JET has welcomed to Japan more than 35,000 Americans and more than 70,000 participants from around the world. JET participants sign a one-year […]

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Mackenzie Gillis: 2023 George J. Mitchell Peace Scholar

Mackenzie “Kenzie” Gillis, a University of Maine rising senior from Glenburn, has been awarded the 2023–24 George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship to study abroad at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland.  UMaine partnered with UCC to create the scholarship that honors the 1998 Northern Ireland peace accord brokered by then-Senator George Mitchell between Ireland and […]

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Hope Shore: Building the student experience at UMaine Machias

For Hope Shore, curating the student experience at the University of Maine at Machias is more than just her calling — it’s just plain fun. The director of student life has been in the position for a little over a year, but is already making waves in planning activities and community-building on campus, while including […]

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Sabrina Murray: Working toward diversity, equity and inclusion in higher ed

Sabrina Murray is used to getting questions about her race and adoption. Murray, who is Chinese, was adopted by white parents, making her a transracial adoptee (TRA). “Strangers will often ask me questions about my birth family and why I was adopted,” she says. “Because I am a Chinese adoptee, I also get questions about […]

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Katelyn Amero: UMaine junior named a 2023 Goldwater Scholar

University of Maine junior Katelyn Amero of Mapleton, Maine has been named a 2023 Goldwater Scholar.  Amero, a double major in biochemistry and microbiology, and a member of the Honors College, is one of 413 college students nationwide who were named Goldwater Scholars for the 2023–24 academic year, according to the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and […]

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Erica Desjardins: Fulbright recipient to study international affairs in France

Recent University of Maine graduate Erica Desjardins of Bangor, Maine received an award from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to pursue a master’s degree in European and International Affairs at Cergy Paris University in France. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, a signature program from the U.S. Department of State, funds opportunities for U.S students to […]

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MaggieBeth Turcotte Seavey: Research that’s out of this world

MaggieBeth Turcotte Seavey always had dreams that went beyond this planetary sphere — and the University of Maine has been helping her achieve them. This summer, she will complete her fifth internship at NASA, where she will continue an impressive body of work that includes exoplanets research, instrumentation analysis and advocating for diverse voices in […]

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Peter Breigenzer: Preserving forests as a woodsman and scientist 

Peter Breigenzer of Glasgow, Montana, fell in love with forestry while working in the woods with multiple crews over the past several years. When he decided to attend graduate school, he searched for a program that would marry his passion for outdoor work and research, and teach him how to sustainably manage forests.  Now more […]

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