2012 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) Award Recipients

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  • 1st Place: Patrick Dean & Nicklaus DeBlois, A Study of Photogrammetry and the Virgin Islands National Park Hassle Island Sugar Plantation Ruins, advised by Karen Horton
  • Honorable Mention: Philip Kolmar & Will Hofacker, Under Your Skin with Microsoft Kinect, advised by Mike Scott

Oral Presentations

1st Place:

  • Haley Richardson, Classroom Realities: Traditionally and Alternatively Certified Secondary Science Teachers’ Preparedness to Teach Students with Disabilities, advised by John Maddaus

2nd Place:

  • Breanna Bennett, The Haptotactic Motility of Angiogenic Endothelial Cells, advised by Sharon Ashworth, Alireza Sarvestani
  • Charles Bergeron, Imagining a Better World: A Study of Imagined Intergroup Contact, advised by Jordan Labouff
  • Hanna Bonaiuto,A Study of Dairy Bedding on Prototheca Survival, advised by Anne Lichtenwalner
  • Thomas Leeuw, In situ Measurements of Phytoplankton Fluorescence Using Low Cost Electronics, advised by Emmanuel Boss

Honorable Mentions:

  • Geoffry Davis, Whole-Mount Fluorescent in situHybridization as a Genetic Tool in the Chloroplast Hosting Mollusc Elysia chlorotica, advised by Mary Rumpho, Karen Pelletreau
  • Heather White, Hybrid Healing: The Process of Integrating Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) into Biomedicine, advised by Ann Acheson


1st Place: Shannon Brown, Salinity Tolerance of the OysterMudworm Polydora websteri, advised by Paul Rawson

2nd Place

  • Justin Bollinger, Colleen Buckless, Gabriel Vachon, Paige Miles, Jordan Gagne, A Study of Changes in Gene Expression During Limb Regeneration, advised by Keith Hutchison
  • Brittany Wolfe, Line-specific Susceptibility to Rosoevarius Oyster Disease (ROD), advised by Paul Rawson

Honorable Mentions:

  • James Fecteau, Pyrolysis Oil Stability: A Study of Polymerization Chemistry in Wood-Based Bio-Oil, advised by Brian Frederick
  • Rafael Garcia, Identification of Fungal Contamination in Maple Syrup, advised by Seanna Annis, Beth Calder, Kathryn Hopkins
  • Joshua Komusin, Event Viewer: iPad Visualization and Exploration of Events, advised by Mike Scott, Kate Beard-Tisdale, Larry Latour
  • Peter Strand & Patrick Ryan, Investigation of the Ross Sea Ice Sheet History Preserved in the Antarctic Dry Valleys, advised by Brenda Hall, Alice Kelley
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