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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.

The UMaine Student Symposium mobile web app is now available. 

2017 UMaine Student Symposium Online Program

The web app includes student abstracts and profiles, presentation descriptions and schedules and the ability to create a custom program of events which is conveniently available and viewable on your mobile device.

Student Symposium Contests!

The 2017 University of Maine Student Symposium will be hosting two social media contests! The contests will take place throughout the day at the Symposium and will conclude at 3 PM. Prizes will be announced between 3 and 4 PM. All are welcome to participate, but you must be present when the prizes are announced in order to win!

There are two contests:
Symposium Scavenger Hunt: A printed list of questions to answer/find will be available at the Symposium. Answers can be uploaded to social media, hashtags #UMSS17 and #UMSS_Hunt.

Photo Contest: Take as many pictures as you would like at the Symposium with a simple caption. For each picture that is uploaded to Instagram or Twitter with #UMSS17 and #UMSS_Snap, your name will be entered into a drawing for prizes!


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Schedule of Events

9–9:15 a.m.

  • Opening ceremony

9:15–10:30 a.m.

  • Posters: Arts, Business, Engineering and Info Sci., Biomedical
  • Presentations: Social Sciences, Physical Sciences
  • Exhibits: Allied Health, Education, Natural Sciences

10:45 a.m.–noon

  • Posters: Allied Health, Social Sciences,
  • Presentations: Business, Education, Natural Sciences
  • Exhibits: Arts, Engineering and Info Sci., Biomedical, Physical Sciences

Noon–1 p.m.

  • Fellowship Awards Luncheon:
    • Keynote Presentation with Sebastian Ventrone, “Lessons in Innovation”
    • CUGR Summer Fellowship and Graduate School Fellowship announcements

1–2:15 p.m.

  • Posters: Education, Natural Sciences, Physical Sciences
  • Presentations: Arts, Allied Health, Engineering and Info Sci., Biomedical
  • Exhibits: Business, Social Sciences

2:30–3:45 p.m.

  • Innovation Round Table with Sebastian Ventrone
  • Symposium Social Media Scavenger Hunt

4–6 p.m.

  • Social/Reception
  • Symposium Award Ceremony

Join the conversation: #UMSS17

TransportationTip Whip Logo

The University of Maine is pleased to have Tip Whip donating drivers for transportation to and from the Memorial Union and the Cross Insurance Center throughout the entire scheduled event. Transportation to the Cross Insurance Center will begin at 7:30 AM. 

For transportation to Cross Insurance Center

Riders will be picked up at the Union Circle located outside of Memorial Union (see map below). Riders who reserve a spot ahead of time will have priority seating in the van at the selected time. Depending on the number of seats available in that van after all reserved riders, other riders will be accepted . Riders will be dropped off at the Southeast Entrance of the Cross Insurance Center.

For transportation to Campus

Riders will be picked up at the Southeast Entrance of the Cross Insurance Center. Those riders who reserved a spot ahead of time will have priority seating. All others will be transported depending on the number of seats available in that van. Riders will be dropped off at the Union Circle located outside of the Memorial Union.

Click here to reserve a ride!

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Map of UMSS17 transportation pick up / drop off location at UMaine Campus
Map of UMSS17 pick up / drop off location at Cross Insurance Center, Bangor Maine

2017 UMaine Student Symposium Keynote

Lessons in InnovationKeynote speaker Sebastian Ventrone

This year, we welcome Sebastian Ventrone, GlobalFoundry Master Inventor, as our keynote speaker. 

Sebastian Ventrone graduated from UMaine’s Electricial Engineering program in 1982. After graduaation, he joined IBM Microelectronica in Burlington, Vermont. He started as a microprocessor designer, then became the lead designer of IBM DSP cores and the IBM x86 family of processors. Ventrone is a GlobalFoundry director and distinguished technical Staff member with focus on the Foundry and A&D IP portfolio. Sebastian has authored over a dozen technical papers and is also a GlobalFoundry master inventor with 204 granted patents and the author of the novel entitled “To Design Again”. In recognition of Sebastian engineering journey, Sebastian received the Francis Crowe Distinguish Engineering Award in 2015.

Ventrone will discuss his key lessons in helping to promote a lifelong path toward innovation during his keynote presentation during the Fellowship Luncheon Ceremony  at 12 p.m., Ventrone will host an open roundtable discussion for interested students at 3 p.m. 

The keynote is sponsored by IEEE Maine Section.   

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

For the UMSS17 judges rubric please click here

Sponsorship Information

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

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

The 2017 UMaine Student Symposium is sponsored by:

Diamond Level:

  • Alton ’38 and Adelaide Hamm Campus Activity Fund, Spring 2017
  • UMaine Office of the Vice President for Research

Platinum Level:

  • IDEXX Laboratories Inc.
  • The Jackson Laboratory

Gold Level:

  • IEEE, Maine Section
  • Maine Technology Institute 
  • UMaine College of Engineering
  • UMaine College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • UMaine College of Natural Sciences, Food, and Agriculture
  • UMaine College of Education & Human Development
  • UMaine Business School
  • UMaine Graduate School

Silver Level:

  • Bangor Target Area Development Corporation
  • University Credit Union 
  • UMaine Foster Center for Student Innovation/Office of Economic Development

Bronze Level:

  • Axiom Technologies
  • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
  • Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
  • UMaine Academic Affairs
  • UMaine Department of Anthropology
  • UMaine Bookstore
  • UMaine Printing Services

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
  • Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
  • Engaged Black Bear Initiative
  • Army ROTC University of Maine
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Chapter 1

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

For more information about the UMaine Student Symposium: Research and Creative Activity, please call 207.581.3583 or email