NSF EPSCoR RII Track-4 Office Hours Announcement

The Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is hosting virtual office hours to share information about the Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-4: EPSCoR Research Fellows solicitation. This opportunity provides awards to build research capacity in institutions and transform the career trajectories of investigators and to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative […]

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UMaine Graduate School records all-time high student enrollment

For the first time in its history, the University of Maine graduate student enrollment has exceeded 2400 students following a record-breaking year of admissions. Scott Delcourt, Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies, noted that “spring enrollment is usually about 10% less than the previous fall’s enrollment, so to set an all-time high graduate enrollment in […]

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UMaine MARINE – Enhancing Social, Environmental and Economic Wellbeing

UMaine MARINE, a new initiative launched by the University of Maine to make Maine a global leader as a marine state. Since its formation in Fall 2017, the UMaine Marine Sciences Advisory Council has supported in a coordinated and synergistic manner the growth and development of research and scholarly activity in marine sciences, and has […]

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Search for Assistant VP for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School is currently searching internally for one or two Assistant Vice Presidents for Research. The purpose of these positions is to assist the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School (VPRDGS) in the realization of initiatives, programs, and services […]

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Faculty Research Fund AY20-21, RRF Program Announcement

Program announcements for the UMaine Faculty Research Funds (FRF) and the University of Maine System Research Reinvestment Fund (RRF) have been released and can now be viewed in the InfoReady grant review portal. A listing of available programs and associated due dates are listed below. Please review the program announcements located within InfoReady for more […]

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Abedi promoted to Associate Vice President for Research

Dr. Ali Abedi has been promoted from Assistant to Associate Vice President for Research in recognition of his accomplishments in the advancement of research at the University of Maine, and its impact on Maine and beyond. His accomplishments include the continued growth of the Center for Undergraduate Research, development of the UMaine AI webinar series, […]

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UMaine Achieves Record Growth Despite COVID-19 Challenges

Recently, it was announced that the University of Maine has set a new record in funding generated in support of research and development activities. Today, the final numbers have been determined, indicating that $125.2 million in R&D funding has been generated in fiscal year 2020. This corresponds to a 120% increase over the past four […]

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Institute of Medicine Announcement

Launched in Fall 2018, the UMaine Medicine initiative was intended to support in a coordinated and synergistic manner the growth and development of research and scholarly activity in health and life sciences, and to better position the university with related community outreach and engagement efforts. Through the contribution of many faculty and other participants, and […]

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Research Q&A Session Planned for September 21

All University of Maine members are invited to attend an informational Research Q&A session to be held live via Zoom on September 21. The virtual event will present updates and resources for the research community and an opportunity for Q&A with the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School. To submit research-related […]

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Susan Smith named director of MA, MFA programs in intermedia

Dr. Susan L. Smith assumed the duties of director of the MA and MFA programs in intermedia effective September 1, 2020. Susan takes over leadership of the program from Dr. Owen Smith, the founding director of the intermedia program, which began admitting graduate students in 2008. Susan has a long record of involvement with the […]

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2020 Faculty Research Fund Awards Announcement

The Faculty Research Fund program aims to support faculty in establishing or maintaining high quality research programs and other creative achievements. Competitions are held annually and funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School through a review and nomination process by the Faculty Research Fund Committee. The […]

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CORE Welcomes Dr. Evanoff as Operations Manager

The Coordinated Operating Research Entities (CORE) team welcomes Dr. David Evanoff as the new Operations Manager starting August 1. Dr. Evanoff is a native of Western Pennsylvania and earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA in 2001. In 2005, he received a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in 2005 from Clemson […]

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Update on the Plan for Phased Continuity of the Research Enterprise

July 31, 2020: The following is an update on the University’s Plan for Phased Continuity of the Research Enterprise and also, an update regarding the submission and approval of research and scholarly activity requests. We will be moving to Phase 3 of the plan as of August 1st. Phase 3 involves an increase in on-site […]

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CUGR welcomes Dr. Melissa Maginnis as Associate Director

Dr. Melissa Maginnis has been appointed as Associate Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) effective July 1st, 2020. “Dr. Maginnis is one of our most active and engaged faculty mentors, with demonstrated high quality research as evidenced by the number of highly competitive awards won by her students”, said Assistant Vice President Abedi, […]

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UMaine Medicine releases 2020 update

The importance of medical research is incredibly significant in the era of COVID-19. Teams of researchers at the University of Maine have contributed to medical knowledge for years and continue to make strides that will have a lasting impact on our community, the nation and the world. The Office of the Vice President for Research […]

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Plan for Phased Continuity of the Research Enterprise

A message from the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School I am writing to share with you the University’s Plan for Phased Continuity of the Research Enterprise, and to provide an update regarding the submission and approval of research and scholarly activity requests. The attached plan, which has been approved by […]

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COVID-19 Research Continuity Town Hall Q&A

Research Town Hall

*This post has been edited to update links to the newly released phased plan and updated messaging from the OVPRDGS. 5-29-20. The COVID-19 Research Continuity Task Force recently held a virtual town hall and received many questions from the UMaine research community. This document highlights as many of the questions and their answers as possible […]

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Virtual Research Town Hall to be held May 21

A virtual Research Town Hall will be held on Thursday, May 21 to discuss the current status of research and proposed plans for the future. The Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, Kody Varahramyan, will host the event and welcomes members of the UMaine and UMM communities to join via Zoom. […]

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May 6: COVID-19 Research Guidelines Update

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias Colleagues, I am writing to provide you an update in response to Governor Mills’ Stay Safer at Home Executive Order, plan to gradually restart Maine’s economy (PDF), the Chancellor’s extension of the work from home directive through May 31st, and the limiting of in-person events, group gatherings, summer camps, day […]

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IMRC welcomes Drew Hooke as new Operations Manager

Drew Hooke has recently joined the University of Maine community as the Operations Manager at the Innovative Media, Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center. A Maine native, Drew has worked in New England Higher Education for fifteen years in roles encompassing administration, change and relationship management, event and classroom technology support, media production, audio engineering and […]

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COVID-19 Research Continuity Update

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias Colleagues, Referring to my last message, I am writing today to provide you with further information on current status and latest developments. As noted in my last message, the current definition of essential research activity and scholarly activity was developed in response to Governor Mills’ Stay […]

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April 9: COVID-19 Research Guidelines Update

I am writing to let you know about an important change in procedure in response to Governor Mills’ Stay Healthy at Home Mandate. We continue to stress that research and scholarly activity should be conducted away from university facilities and field sites, or delayed if necessary. Given the Governor’s mandate and the emphasis to be far more […]

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March 24: COVID-19 Research Impact Update

As indicated in my last communication on March 18th, and as mentioned by President Ferrini-Mundy in her March 20th communication, research labs have moved to ‘remote research’ when possible, with small numbers of staff coming in to conduct essential research activities to sustain the most critical functions. Essential means either that the research activity during this period is critical to the health of the public; is of national […]

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March 18: COVID-19 Research Impact Update

As our university continues to closely monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, it remains open and operational, while transitioning to remote or telecommuting arrangements effective Thursday morning, March 19, 2020. To minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19 and to safeguard the health and safety of the university community, at this time all are […]

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COVID-19 FAQ for Research and Graduate School

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, in collaboration with other offices at the University of Maine, continues to monitor COVID-19 developments that may impact research and graduate studies. We are available to assist the university community with information and support. As needed, we also are available to […]

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Advanced Research Computing (ARC) updates

The University of Maine Advanced Research Computing (ARC), established in May 2019, is dedicated to supporting the high performance computing (HPC) needs of the university research community, and is associated with the Coordinated Operating Research Entities (CORE). Maisha Asha has joined the ARC team in the role of Project Manager, to support the high performance computing needs of […]

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Welcome FIRST’s New Director, Dr. Mukhopadhyay

I am delighted to welcome Dr. Sharmila Mukhopadhyay to the University of Maine. She is the new Director of the Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies (FIRST). She has started in this role on January 1, 2020, after a nationwide search. Dr. Mukhopadhyay’s vision completely aligns with the University vision to grow FIRST into […]

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Call for Concept Papers

The UMS Grand Challenge Pilot Initiative: Rural Health and Wellbeing  is calling for concept papers! Concept papers must be submitted through InfoReady, no later than end-of-day, November 14, 2019. Please visit this page for more details and instructions: UMS Grand Challenges: Call for Concept Papers

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IMRC announces leadership changes

Dr. Owen Smith has recently stepped down from his role as Director of the Innovative Media Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center to concentrate on directing the Intermedia MFA and MA programs and the development of new initiatives, such as the new Maine Medical Arts Graduate Certificate and Master’s degree program. As the Founding Director of […]

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Biomimetics, Artificial Muscles and Nano-Bio programs on table

Inventors inspired by nature attend conference hosted by UMaine

Velcro, bullet trains, and prosthetic limbs may not seem to have much in common – but they were all designed by humans to artificially mimic nature. Biomimetics is the study of the development and function of human-made synthetics created to mimic models of the natural world. Sticky plant burrs were the inspiration for the invention […]

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ARI celebrates 10 years of aquaculture service to Maine

The advancement of sustainable aquaculture (the farming of aquatic species while allowing continued benefit for the next generation) requires innovative research and multi-disciplinary collaborations for success. The University of Maine’s Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI) is celebrating 10 years of service to the State of Maine as a research resource and an objective authority on aquaculture. […]

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NIH T32 Grant Awarded for GSBSE

The University of Maine has received a five-year, $1.07 million Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) from the National Institutes of Health. This funding is the first of its kind to be awarded in the state of Maine from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. According to the NIH, the T32 program supports broad and […]

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CAMM Center Opening

On July 25, 2019 the Advanced Manufacturing Center in Orono held a kickoff celebration for the opening of the Center for Additive Manufacturing of Metals (CAMM). Learn more about the center and what it offers in this UMaine News article and accompanying video. Center offering additive metal manufacturing services, training to Maine businesses

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Video: Learn about CORE’s Microfabrication Cleanroom at FIRST

Dr. George Bernhardt of the CORE Microfabrication Cleanroom showcases cutting-edge sensor research and technologies being developed by UMaine researchers and students. The CORE Cleanroom provides unique, hands-on training opportunities for students entering careers in STEM fields. FIRST Cleanroom Video Transcript Coordinated Operating Research Entities (CORE) A tour of UMaine’s CORE Microfabrication Cleanroom FIRST Lab – […]

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TASC Expanded Support Services

Expanded support services now offered by TASC

The former “Shared Resource Pool” has expanded to become “Technical and Administrative Services Central (TASC)” and provides timely, professional business and technical support for the university community. Luke Doucette, general manager of Coordinated Operating Research Entities (CORE), manages TASC’s technical services personnel, which include a Laboratory Technician and Statistical Consultant for project assistance. They provide […]

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Research Reporting Dashboard, A new resource from UMaine Research Information Management;

New Research Reporting Dashboard now available!

The UMaine Research Information Management team is pleased to announce the launch of the Research Reporting Dashboard – a self-service resource giving the UMaine community access to commonly requested research activity data, including proposal submissions and awards received. Users will sign in to the dashboard using their UMaine single sign-on username and password. They can […]

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Congratulations Amanda Ashe, Director of Research Compliance

New Director of Research Compliance: Amanda Ashe

I am pleased to announce that Amanda Ashe has been named the Director of Research Compliance starting July 1st. In this role she will be overseeing the operational aspects of the Office of Research Compliance. Amanda has worked at the University of Maine for the past 11 years, starting out in the then Office of […]

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FBRI: Transforming wood products into jet fuel

UMaine researchers produce crude oil from wood biomass

“Our facility at the Technology Research Center (TRC) allows us show on industrially relevant scale how we can convert woody biomass into jet fuel.  We are excited that we now do 24 hours per day continuous operations campaigns for 100 hours. UMaine jet fuel and diesel is made from biomass-derived premium synthetic crude oil. At […]

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Maine Impact Week Faculty Mentor Appreciation Awards

Congratulations 2019 Faculty Mentor Awardees

Awardees recognized during the 2019 Faculty Mentor Appreciation luncheon at the Wells Conference Center on May 7. The Maine Impact Week event celebrates faculty mentoring of students in and out of the classroom and lab. View a sample of student messages of appreciation on the Maine Impact Week site. View photos from the event in […]

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Congrats to the 2019 Summer Faculty Research Fund Awardees

Congrats to 2019 Summer Faculty Research Awardees

Four new projects were recently selected for funding by the Faculty Research Funds Committee for the 2019 Summer Faculty Research Awards.  These awards provide summer salary for faculty to advance research and scholarship in an accelerated manner during the summer of 2019. This year’s awardees are: Christine Beitl, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, “The effect […]

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Eric Roy on Shark Tank

UMaine alum pitches product on ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’

Eric Roy graduated from UMaine in 2009 with a Ph.D. in oceanography. Roy is the founder of Hydroviv, a company that makes custom water filters. He recently appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank to pitch his product to the sharks — and won a $400,000 investment from Mark Cuban. Season 10, Episode 19: “Hydroviv is a Washington, […]

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Share your summer research plans with us!

Every year University of Maine students, staff and faculty spend their summers in locations around the world. We want to showcase how far and wide we go! Help us by sharing your summer plans on this form. The Fogler Library has teamed up with UMaine Marketing and Communications to gather your stories and share them […]

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UMaine Medicine Advancing Human Health and Wellbeing in Maine and Beyond

UMaine Medicine – Advancing Human Health and Wellbeing in Maine and Beyond

UMaine Medicine, a new initiative launched by the University of Maine to make Maine a model for a healthy state. Building on the existing health and life sciences programs and resources at the University, the initiative is developing, through innovative and coordinated research, education, and strategic partnerships, transformative solutions that enhance the health and wellbeing […]

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UMaine Research connects with community at 2019 Maine Science Festival

The 2019 Maine Science Festival (MSF) was a celebration of contemporary scientific knowledge in various fields. The fifth annual MSF Exploration Stations event took place at the Cross Insurance Center on March 16 where UMaine Research hosted an “Ask a Researcher” table. Other MSF events that week showcased more than 70 events and activities including […]

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Graduate students wow the crowd with 3MT presentations

“An 80,000 word Ph.D. thesis would take 9 hours to present. Their time limit… 3 minutes.” Graduate students at the University of Maine competed in the annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) event on March 25. Participants follow guidelines set by the University of Queensland, the founders of the competition. The rules are simple: present research […]

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Katie Rossignol new Student Success Manager for UMaine Graduate School

Katie Rossignol: Student Success Manager

Katie Rossignol is the new Student Success Manager for the graduate program. She is excited to be a centralized resource for graduate students and faculty on campus. In this role, Rossignol will see students through their graduate school program. “Katie’s position provides a critical link between the Graduate School and graduate programs,” says Scott Delcourt, […]

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2019 RRF awardee announcement

We would like to congratulate these newly announced Research Reinvestment Fund (RRF) awardees. Terry Shehata, Planning for Wraparound Services that Support the Growth of Maine’s Craft Beer Industry Owen Smith, Pilot project for development of Maine Medical Arts (MEMA) MA degree Brian Beal, Planning for the future: UMM’s Marine Science Field Station Niclas Erhardt, MBS […]

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LASST is now FIRST, the Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies


Building on the foundation established by the Laboratory for Surface Science & Technology (LASST), an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Maine since 1980, the Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies (FIRST) has been created in its place. Using novel materials, advanced processes, and state-of-the-art devices, the mission of the institute is to research and […]

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CORE partners with iLab Solutions

As part of CORE’s ongoing efforts to improve access to research equipment and facilities, we are pleased to announce that CORE has partnered with iLab Solutions, an online system used to streamline the process scheduling CORE services. Starting in February of 2019, the iLab Core Facility Management Software platform will be implemented for the service centers […]

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Gayle Jones, 36 years of service at UMaine

Retirement of Gayle Jones

Gayle Jones has worked at the University of Maine since 1982, when she started as an assistant in what was the Office of Sponsored Programs. Over the years Gayle, due to her exemplary performance and contributions to the University, received multiple promotions and recognitions in offices associated with the Office of the Vice President for Research. In […]

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Congratulations Luke Doucette and Scott Delcourt

Congratulations to Scott Delcourt and Luke Doucette

We are pleased to announce the recent promotions of Scott Delcourt and Luke Doucette. Both are serving new roles as of September 1. 33 years of service: “I wouldn’t want to be any other place…” Scott Delcourt has been promoted to Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School. […]

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Register for New Faculty Orientation for Research and Graduate Studies

Register Today! New faculty can choose between two sessions to learn how to be successful at research and graduate studies at the University of Maine. Dr. Kody Varahramyan, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, and his Senior Staff will answer questions during the Q&A portion of each session. Orientation will provide […]

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Inaugural Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Collaborative Grant Winners Announced

Inaugural grant program awards $245,000 to interdisciplinary undergraduate research The Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Collaborative has announced nine winners of its inaugural grant program funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School (OVPRDGS) and the UMS Research Reinvestment Fund (RRF). Funded projects involve teams of two or more […]

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