2016 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) Award Recipients

A Special Thank You to the 2016 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) Sponsors!

Office of the Vice President for Research

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

College of Engineering

Axiom Technologies

Dirigo Pines

Jackson Laboratory

Maine Technology Institute

Maine business School

Printing Services

Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering

UMaine Bookstore

Umaine Anthropology Department


1st Place

  • Morgan Cates, Management, Research and Practicum in Arts Management &Marketing: Managing Producer for School of Performing Arts Fundraiser/University Singers European Tour Coordinator, advised by Laura Artesani

Oral Presentation:

1st Place

  • Jessica Moore, Brittany Seman, Microbiology, Infection Dynamics Between a Fungal Pathogen and it’s Host, Biochemistry, advised by Robert Wheeler

2nd Place

  • James Miller, Magdalena Blaszkiewicz, Caroline Curtis, Raymond Vallejo, Bethany Miles, Brenna Gerchman, Aidan Robichaud, Biology, Minor: Chemistry, Impact of Dietary Fat Type and Amount on Metabolic Health, advised by Kristy Townsend
  • Monique Theriault, Microbiology, NSFA, Immune Recognition of Candida albicans in zebrafish, advised by Robert Wheeler


1st Place

  •  Jacob Morris, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, New Methods for Enhanced Optical Memory Data Storage, advised by Howard Patterson

2nd Place

  • Andrew Hart, Microbiology, NSFA, Isolation of the enzyme Protein Acyltransferase, advised by Robert Gundersen

3rd Place

  • Allyson Eslin, Political Science, Psychology, Economics,The Impact of Economic and Psychological Metrics on Political Decision-Making, advised by Caroline Noblet
  • Ashley Soucy, Jeanne DuShane, Biochemistry, Microbiology, NSFA,Defining the Role of Cellular Ca2+ in JCPyV Attachment and Infection, advised by Melissa Maginnis