UMaine Student Symposium: Research & Creative Activity

At the University of Maine, students inspire creativity and lead in the discovery of new knowledge that makes a direct difference to the people of Maine.

Please join us for the 2nd annual UMaine Student Symposium on April 24, 2017 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Come and meet student researchers and scholars, see their posters and exhibits, hear their presentations, view short performances, participate in arts and humanities roundtables and discover the value of Maine’s only public research university.

The UMaine Student Symposium is free and open to the public.

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April 24, 2017
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cross Insurance Center. Bangor, Maine.


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UMaine Student Symposium: Research and Creative Activity (#UMSS17)

Thank you for participating – see you all on April 24th!


The Center for Undergraduate Research and Graduate Student Government invite the submission of student research and creative activities abstracts from all disciplines to be presented at the 2017 UMaine Student Symposium. All submissions must be entered using an email address. 

Abstracts may be for posters, oral presentations, performances/exhibits, and/or round tables. Submissions must be in the form of an abstract (250 word limit, 2000 characters with spaces approx. 1000 characters without spaces) describing the focus, method or process, and outcomes of the project. Entries must be authored by one or more undergraduate or graduate students from the University of Maine and be accompanied by the endorsement of a faculty mentor. All email correspondences will be sent to the submitting student author listed in the submission form (as corresponding author).

For award consideration each presentation, poster, round table and exhibit will be evaluated by the following rubric. Click to download: UMSS17 Evaluation Rubric (PDF)

ORAL PRESENTATION: Presenters will be given 12 minutes (plus 2 minutes for questions) to present their work to an audience with the help of visual aids (PowerPoint, Prezi etc.). Moderators will manage oral sessions and will enforce time limits and handle changeovers between presenters. Wherever possible, presenters will be grouped in sessions by subject matter.

POSTER PRESENTATION: Poster presentations allow for more intimate discussion on topics with audience members, as presentations are often one-on-one. Posters will be displayed for the duration of the event and presenters will be allotted a time to stand by their poster and present it (usually 2 hours).

ROUNDTABLE / PANEL DISCUSSION (subject to interest): A more collaborative method for presenting work, roundtables partner 4-6 presenters with similar topics of interest for an interactive presentation and discussion. Each participant is given 5-10 minutes to give a brief presentation or synopsis of their work. After the presentations, an appointed chairperson will identify connections or common themes and start a discussion that would involve the participants and audience members.  These discussions should serve to highlight the multidisciplinary approaches taken by student researchers at UMaine to problems facing Maine and further afield. The hope is that these sessions will foster dialogue between students at UMaine and the broader community.

  • Round table presentation groups need to be identified prior to submitting an abstract. Each participant should submit an abstract as a separate submission with a common note in the title identifying it is part of a group of submissions (see example below). The overall roundtable topic must be confirmed with their project faculty mentor. Round table project/abstract title should read as: Round Table on [Overall Topic]:[Individual Topic/Title].

Example: Round table on Politics in Maine: Native American Perspectives. 


LIVE PERFORMANCE / EXHIBITS: Some work is visual and can only be expressed and appreciated when performed or physically exhibited. Submissions from all disciplines are invited, whether intermedia, fine art, sciences, technology, or something else. The nature of this category means that there are no hard and fast rules for submissions. The only exceptions would be submissions that may cause damage to the event venue or pose a public health and safety risk.


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Symposium Registration

Participants and Attendees

The UMaine Student Symposium is an event that consists of student research presentations that will be judged by faculty, alumni, and industry professionals. It will also act as a forum for research centers and future employers to market their needs to students, as well as offer a means for professional development.

All attendees – students, participants, faculty, staff and members of the public must register. We encourage preregistration by following the link below.

Please visit the following link to register:

UMaine Student Symposium Registration

Judge RSVP & Information

Judging provides a unique opportunity to engage with a diverse range of students and learn of their research projects and creative activities. The office of the Vice President for Research, upon request, will write a letter of participation for each judge that will be sent to his or her respective department chair for inclusion in their personnel file.

Judges will be expected to review and score assigned undergraduate and graduate student research presentations. Research projects will be presented in one of three ways: Poster Presentations, Exhibit Presentations and Oral Presentations. Although an all-day event, judges will only be required to attend for an estimated 2 hour time block (refer to symposium program for times/topics). Presentations will be scored by multiple judges. Students will be recognized for exceptional work during an award ceremony at the conclusion of the event.

By signing up as a judge, you are automatically registered for the conference and do not need to register again.

To participate as a judge in the UMaine 2017 Student Symposium please register here

Sponsorship Information

The 2017 UMaine Student Symposium is sponsored by:

Diamond Level:

  • Alton ’38 and Adelaide Hamm Campus Activity Fund, Spring 2017

Platinum Level:

  • IDEXX Laboratories Inc.

Gold Level:

  • UMaine College of Engineering
  • Maine Technology Institute 

Silver Level:

  • University Credit Union 

Bronze Level:

  • UMaine Department of Anthropology
  • UMaine College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Axiom
  • UMaine Academic Affairs
  • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

To become a Sponsor submit a  Sponsorship Agreement: UMSS17 Sponsorship Agreement

Sponsor Levels and Benefits

Internal Research Center, College, and Department Hosts

  • Forest Bioproducts Research Institute
  • MBA / Graduate Business Department
  • Maine EPSCoR
  • English Department
  • Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center
  • OVPR Shared Resources Pool
  • Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology
  • Climate Change Institute
  • Aquaculture Research Institute
  • Maine Sea Grant

If you would like to consider becoming  a sponsor of the 2017 UMaine Student Symposium click here for more information. 

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