Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) UMSS

What is the abstract number used for?

The abstract number is used to identify your project within the correct category. This is also what is given to judges to find and review your video presentation. 

Where do I find my abstract number?

Your abstract number was sent to you via email from If you cannot locate your email with the abstract number within please contact as soon as possible. 

When is the next in-person UMSS?

UMSS23 is Friday, April 14th, 2023.

Where will the next UMSS be held?

Collins Center for the Arts (CCA), University of Maine, Orono, ME 

When will students be able to submit their abstract for UMSS23?

The form to submit your abstract opens on Thursday, January 19th, 2023.

Why should I present my research at UMSS?

Presenting your research at a symposium is a great way to sharpen your presentation and communication skills. It looks great on your resume and CV. It allows you to network with fellow researchers and sponsors.  It is also great practice for your future endeavors. 

Do I need special credentials to be a judge? 

No, you do not need special credentials to sign up to be a judge. We allow graduate students to judge undergraduates, but undergraduate students cannot be judges.

Who can I ask for assistance or accommodation with this process? 

Please contact us at  or 207.581.3583 with any questions. For more information or a reasonable accommodation, please contact

What if I have a FERPA hold?

If you have a  FERPA hold it may affect how you and your research are listed on our website and program. To check or to change your hold go to your student MaineStreet service center click “Other Personal…” and then choose “Privacy Settings” to update your hold. If you have further questions or concerns about your FERPA hold please contact the UMaine Office of Student Records at 207.581.1288.

Will my work be open to the public?

Yes, student presentations will be highlighted on the UMSS website.  Please consult with your faculty mentor and omit information that cannot be shared with the public.

How do I dress for presenting at UMSS?

When presenting at UMSS students will want to dress business casual. If you would like additional information regarding proper attire check out the UMaine Career Center website.