About Maine Impact Week

Maine Impact Week showcases the depth and breadth of research and creative activity of the University of Maine community and its effect on Maine’s businesses and citizens. 

University of Maine is Maine’s only land grant institution, conveying a mission of teaching, research and economic development, and outreach. Maine Impact Week provides a framework for celebrating these accomplishments each year. The events scheduled during Maine Impact Week are free and open to the public. This is the first year that we have conducted Maine Impact Week as a combined event.

“Maine Impact Week is intended to provide an opportunity for the public to gain awareness about the latest efforts by Maine’s research university in contributing to the social and economic advancement of Maine and beyond.” Dr. Kody Varahramyan, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School.

aerial shot of employment fairStudent Symposium

The third annual UMaine Student Research Symposium kicked off the week of events with an open forum for the public to meet student researchers and scholars, see their posters and exhibits, hear their presentations, view short performances and participate in round-table discussions. A diverse variety of projects were presented at the symposium, from allied health, the arts, sciences, business, education, engineering and other collaborative efforts, with something for everyone to enjoy.

handshake businessBusiness Connect

The Symposium concluded with Business Connect, a networking event to allow business leaders to meet student researchers. The event featured a reverse job fair – students will display their work and have résumés on hand – and business attendees will be able to circulate around the room to meet students interested in internships and employment. In addition, the winners of UMaine’s Three-Minute Thesis competition delivered their three-minute pitches describing the impact of their research.  Business Connect is a partnership with the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, and will serve as the Chamber’s monthly Business After Hours.

Logo for celebrating scholarship eventCelebrating Scholarship

Celebrating Scholarship celebrates the research and creative works of faculty with more than 50 faculty works such as published books, musical recordings, and artwork on display or performed.

Maine Sea Grant Research Symposium

The Maine Sea Grant Biennial Research Symposium serves as a forum for new and seasoned Sea Grant investigators and students to share their research plans and outcomes, receive input from the community, and plan collaborative outreach activities. The event included presentations, panels and a reception.

patricia wenThe Stephen E. King Chair Lecture Series

The Stephen E. King Chair Lecture: Getting it Right, Investigative Journalism in a ‘Post-Truth’ Age was presented by Patricia Wen, the current editor of the Boston Globe Spotlight Team.


We hope to add more events to Maine Impact Week in the future. If you have a related event that you wish to add to Maine Impact Week next year, please contact research@maine.edu.