UMaine Student Symposium: Research & Creative Activity

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

The annual UMaine Student Symposium provides an opportunity for the public to interact one-on-one with UMaine and UMaine Machias students as they present their research and creative work. UMSS is free and open to the public and is part of Maine Impact Week.


Did you miss UMSS22? Check out awardees and virtual presentations.

UMaine Student Symposium 2022 Awards

Special Awards

  • Susan J. Hunter Undergraduate Award – Zachary Doherty, “Taste and Odor Degradation in Water by Nanobubble-facilitated Ultrasonication,” advised by Onur Apul
  • Susan J. Hunter Graduate Award – Sean Sibley, “Family Nurse Practitioner Student Perceptions of Simulation Based Education,” advised by Kelley Strout
  • Dean of Graduate School Undergraduate Mentoring Award –  Caitlin Wiafe-Kwakye
  • Provost’s Innovative and Creative Teaching Award –  Martha P. Gladstone
  • Student Innovation Commercialization Awards –  Jacob Snow, Md Ikramul Hasan, Richa Arya

UMSS22 Virtual Presentation Undergraduate Category Awards

  • Allied Health: Meg Lander, “Efficacy of the FIFA 11+ Injury Prevention Program in Maine High School Soccer,” advised by Christopher Nightingale
  • Arts: Kimberly Hunt, “Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Interpretive Architecture,” advised by Phillip Silver
  • Biomedical Sciences: Katie Southworth, “DMC9 Prophage Characterization and Impact on Group B Streptococcus Virulence,” advised by Melody Neely
  • Business: Nicholas Johnson, “Measuring China’s Footprint in the United States,” advised by Stefano Tijerina
  • Education: Nicole LaPlant, “Creating a Healthy Rural Ecosystem for Community Vitality: Developing Rural Business Research,” advised by Catherine Biddle
  • Engineering and Information Sciences: Mackenzie Ladd, “Effect of Interface Contact Conditions on the Electrical Resistance of 3D-Printed Conductive Filaments,” advised by Brett Ellis
  • Interdisciplinary Research: Ainslie Allen, “Detecting Shared Touch Surface Contamination with a Deep Learning-Enhanced Smartphone and Nanopatterned Material System,” advised by Caitlin Howell 
  • Natural Sciences: Emily Holt, “Measuring Firn Thickness and Volume Change Using GPR Profiles Across the Juneau Icefield,” advised by Seth Campbell
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences: Jinyoung Park, “Isolation and Analysis of Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) Using TEAB Auxiliary,” advised by Matthew Brichacek
  • Social Sciences and Humanities: Leah Savage, “Objectifying the Classroom: An examination of self-objectification, appearance comparisons, and their effects on cognitive resources within video-class environments,” advised by Amelia Couture-Bue

UMSS22 Virtual Presentation Graduate Category Awards

  • Allied Health: Lauren Jellison, “Firefighter Cancer Risk: A Qualitative Study of the Current Perceptions and Practices Surrounding Cancer Prevention in the Fire Service in Maine,” advised by Patricia Poirier
  • Arts: Stephanie Winslow, “Andante et Scherzo,” advised by Elizabeth Downing
  • Biomedical Sciences: Caitlin Wiafe-Kwakye, “Investigating the Impact of Prophages on Bacterial Fitness of Streptococcus agalactiae,” advised by Melody Neely
  • Business: Thomas Erick, “NIL Legislation and Sponsorship of D1 NCAA Athletes,” advised by Norm O’Reilly
  • Education: Anne Fensie, “The Study of Adult Learners in Distance Education: A Scoping Review of the Literature,” advised by Elizabeth Allan
  • Engineering and Information Sciences: Nicholas Soucy, “CEU-Net: Ensemble Semantic Segmentation of Hyperspectral Images Using Clustering,” advised by Salimeh Yasaei Sekeh
  • Interdisciplinary Research: Rachel Church, “Understanding Sense of Place in Maine Through Community Cookbooks,” advised by Susan Smith
  • Natural Sciences: Avery Lamb, “Using Paleolimnological Tools to Evaluate the Links Between Climate Change and CyanoHABs in Maine Lakes,” advised by Jasmine Saros
  • Social Sciences and Humanities: Amy Halpin, “Now or Later? Decision-Making Preferences in Community-Dwelling Older Adults,” advised by Rebecca MacAulay

UMSS22 People’s Choice Awards

  • Amanda Sandberg, “Evaluating Ca2+ Related Drugs for Inhibition of JC Polyomavirus Infection,” advised by Melissa Maginnis
  • Jordan Miner, “Role of the HU177 Cryptic Collagen Epitope in Differentially Controlling Breast Tumor Cell Behavior,” advised by Peter Brooks
  • Sarah Hanscome, “Simulation-Based Learning in Nursing Education,” advised by Deborah Eremita

COVID-19 Event Guidance 

The University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias follow civil and University of Maine System COVID-19 health and safety guidance. All those attending the UMaine Student Symposium will be asked to show evidence of vaccination, or documentation of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival or documentation of a positive COVID test within 90 days of arrival. Face coverings are required at this event. The latest UMaine and UMaine Machias COVID-19 health and safety guidance is online: