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SOE undergrads and grads do well at the 2016 Research Symposium held in Bangor20160427_112356
Every spring, UMaine graduate and undergraduate students present their research in academic conference-style events on campus.  Undergrad Allyson Eslin presents her award winning poster (third place) identifying the economic and psychological factors associated with people who self-identify as political extremes, as moderates and as a political mix (fiscally conservative and socially liberal)




sarah newcomb - NYTSarah Newcomb wins paper award
Sarah’s paper “Predictably Irrational or Perceptively Warped? Psychological Distance Explains Preference Reversals Without Violating the Axioms of Rationality” won the Best Paper award at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Behavioral Finance & Economics

Sarah is also publishing a personal finance book (Wiley) titled  “LOADED: Money, psychology, and how to get ahead without leaving your values behind” She will also be an invited speaker at the 7th Annual Fostering Financial Education Conference in Augusta Maine this summer



SOE Financial Economics Student highlighted in UMaine Today
Jeff Rogers, a double major in finance and financial economics, is president of the Senior Skulls honor society, and co-president of SPIFFY (the Student Portfolio Investment Fund where students manage a mutual fund). Rogers interned at State Street Bank in Boston, Massachusetts, jeff rogersone of the world’s largest financial institutions. He worked with currency traders on a foreign exchange trading desk and analyzed trading patterns of firms. At State Street, Rogers was selected to participate in a leadership development program, where he led a case study exploring the environmental strategies of large financial institutions.

He recently accepted a job offer from The Beacon Group in Portland, Maine. He plans to earn the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and, ultimately, pursue an MBA.



Two undergrads intern in Sen. Collins’ and Sen. King’s Washington DC Offices
Abigail Bennet interned in Sen. Collins office and Allyson Eslin interned in Sen. King’s office.

SOE undergrad Chelsea Ogun and grad student Elyse Doyle has article published in Bangor Daily News
The article co-authored with two PhD students, Amy Kireta and Bjorn Grigholm, summarizes information on how Maine middle and high school teachers are teaching climate change.  The findings provide insight into teachers’ attitudes on the severity of climate change and the necessity of teaching of it in our school systems. They also provide an interesting view into the diverse ways teachers are including a variety of climate change topics in Maine classrooms.  The article is here:

nehat and dorina - croppedWork by two MS students recognized by USAID and World Learning
Dorina Grezda and Nehat Dobratiqi, two Kosovar students supported by the Transformational Leadership Program – Scholarships and Partnerships (TLP-SP), analyzed data from a survey of Mainers to examine the factors that encourage people’s recycling and other environmental behaviors. Professor Mario Teisl, the scholars’ advisor presented their work at an UNITWIN/UNESCO sponsored conference on Food Waste and Sustainability in Wisconsin in early September.  Dorina and Nehat’s contribution to the research was critical.

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Watch a video of the conference presentation