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UMSS22 Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Humanities   Exposure to COVID-19-related Stress and Gender Moderate the Relationship Between Social Media Use and Depression in Late Adolescence Submission Type: Virtual Presentation Submission Category: Social Sciences and Humanities Author(s): Emily Scarpulla Cynthia Erdley Graduate Student Presentation Faculty Mentor: Cynthia Erdley Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has created many mental health difficulties […]

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UMSS22 Business

Business   Measuring China’s Footprint in the United States Submission Type: Exhibit Submission Category: Business Author(s): Nicholas Johnson Stefano Tijerina Undergraduate Student Presentation Faculty Mentor: Stefano Tijerina Abstract: We measured FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in the United States from Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Our research establishes patterns in the FDI that determine what […]

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UMSS22 Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Physical and Mathematical Sciences   Design, Construction, and Investigation of a Small Polarimeter Submission Type: Poster Submission Category: Physical and Mathematical Sciences Author(s): Kelvy Zucca David Batuski Undergraduate Student Presentation Faculty Mentor: David Batuski Abstract: This project uses a custom polarimeter to measure the polarization of light we receive from stars. Most bright stars emit […]

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UMSS22 Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences The Effects of Timber Harvesting on Small Mammal Abundance and Foraging Behavior with Implications for Tick Densities Submission Type: Virtual Presentation Submission Category: Natural Sciences Author(s): Stephanie Hurd Jessica Leahy Laura Kenefic Allison Gardner Graduate Student Presentation Faculty Mentor: Allison Gardner Abstract: Timber harvesting is a property-scale forest management practice that involves the […]

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UMSS22 Interdisciplinary Sciences

Interdisciplinary Sciences 901. Comparing Municipal COVID-19 Response in Inland vs. Coastal Communities in Maine Submission Type: Poster Submission Category: Interdisciplinary Research Author(s): Tamra Benson Ben Cotton Annie Coburn Kathleen Bell Vanessa Levesque Eileen Johnson Undergraduate Student Presentation Faculty Mentor: Kathleen Bell Abstract: COVID-19 is an ongoing problem across the world that has required a direct […]

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UMSS22 Engineering and Information Sciences

Engineering and Information Sciences   An Automated Process for the Production of Rebar Reinforced Concrete Parts Using Additive Manufacturing Submission Type: Poster Submission Category: Engineering and Information Sciences Author(s): Lara Chern Richard Kimball Undergraduate Student Presentation Faculty Mentor: Richard Kimball Abstract: This research presents the development of a novel composite material that will be functional […]

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UMSS22 Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Sciences 1001. Role of Heme Oxygenase in Endurance Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Mediated Improvement of Dystrophic Skeletal Muscle  Submission Type: Virtual Presentation Submission Category: Biomedical Sciences Author(s): Amanda Ignacz, Elisabeth Kilroy, Kodey Silknitter, Clarissa Henry Graduate Student Presentation Faculty Mentor: Clarissa Henry  Abstract: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a fatal, progressive muscle-wasting disease that affects […]

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UMSS22 Allied Health

Allied Health    Family Nurse Practitioner Student Perceptions of Simulation Based Education Submission Type: Virtual Presentation Submission Category: Allied Health Author(s): Sean Sibley  Kelley Strout Graduate Student Presentation Faculty Mentor: Kelley Strout Abstract: A form of high fidelity simulation, known as Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), is an evidence-based teaching/learning tool. Students prepare for and […]

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2022 UMaine Student Symposium announces award winners

Undergraduate and Graduate Researchers Awarded at UMSS22 More than 1,000 student researchers, co-authors, faculty and community members attended the 2022 UMaine Student Symposium, held at the New Balance Field House and Memorial Gym on Friday, April 15, 2022.  The seventh annual symposium provided an opportunity for the public to interact with student researchers and scholars […]

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UMSS21 Student Profile: Zachary Maynor

Zachary Maynor’s UMaine Student Symposium project focuses on ways to mitigate the effects of water evaporation on wild blueberry crops in Maine. With the help of graduate student Rafa Tasnim, a Ph.D. candidate studying ecology and environmental sciences, he was able to conduct a study that mixed Biochar and compost at different rates and compositions […]

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UMSS21 Student Profile: Anna Soule

Anna Soule presented two separate projects at the UMaine Student Symposium 2021. The project “Whites Only,” advised by Owen Smith, won the arts category award for graduate students. The winning project is a “collaborative video performance/installation that touches on white privilege and assimilation to white culture and systemic racism in America.” Along with collaborators Derek […]

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UMSS21 Student Profile: Jacob Mealey

Jacob Mealey’s UMaine Student Symposium project focuses on COVID-19 contact tracing. He has designed a system that utilizes Android cellphones and a Bluetooth Beacon. The phone uses an app that constantly scans the unique ID of each beacon, and looks for the closest one. When the app detects a new beacon, it updates a server […]

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UMSS21 Student Profile: Cassidy McCusker

Cassidy McCusker’s UMaine Student Symposium 2021 project focuses on the role that diagnosis, hospitalization, and perceiver mental health experience have on the subjective hireability of a job applicant. She is examining how medication use, previous hospitalizations, mental health disorder diagnosis, and gender could change a candidate’s perceived hireability for a job. From this research, she […]

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2021 UMaine Student Symposium announces award winners

In a virtual platform, 569 students showcased 338 research and creative works at the 2021 UMaine Student Symposium held on April 16. The sixth annual symposium provided an opportunity for the public to view student research and scholarly work – all online due to COVID-19. The free public event was organized by the Office of […]

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UMSS21 Social Sciences and Humanities

UMSS21 Presentations by Category UMSS21 Natural Sciences UMSS21 Biomedical Sciences UMSS21 Physical and Mathematical Sciences UMSS21 Engineering and Information Sciences UMSS21 Interdisciplinary Research UMSS21 Business, Education, and Art UMSS21 Allied Health   Links provided will take viewers to UMaine’s Kaltura video gallery. Presentations available for viewing by UMaine users only are noted (*). 0701. Are […]

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UMSS21 Physical and Mathematical Sciences

UMSS21 Presentations by Category UMSS21 Social Sciences and Humanities UMSS21 Natural Sciences UMSS21 Biomedical Sciences UMSS21 Engineering and Information Sciences UMSS21 Interdisciplinary Research UMSS21 Business, Education, and Art UMSS21 Allied Health   Links provided will take viewers to UMaine’s Kaltura video gallery. Presentations available for viewing by UMaine users only are noted (*). 0101. Luminosity […]

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UMSS21 Natural Sciences

UMSS21 Presentations by Category UMSS21 Social Sciences and Humanities UMSS21 Biomedical Sciences UMSS21 Physical and Mathematical Sciences UMSS21 Engineering and Information Sciences UMSS21 Interdisciplinary Research UMSS21 Business, Education, and Art UMSS21 Allied Health   Links provided will take viewers to UMaine’s Kaltura video gallery. Presentations available for viewing by UMaine users only are noted (*). […]

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UMSS21 Interdisciplinary Research

UMSS21 Presentations by Category UMSS21 Social Sciences and Humanities UMSS21 Natural Sciences UMSS21 Biomedical Sciences UMSS21 Physical and Mathematical Sciences UMSS21 Engineering and Information Sciences UMSS21 Business, Education, and Art UMSS21 Allied Health   Links provided will take viewers to UMaine’s Kaltura video gallery. Presentations available for viewing by UMaine users only are noted (*). […]

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UMSS21 Engineering and Information Sciences

UMSS21 Presentations by Category UMSS21 Social Sciences and Humanities UMSS21 Natural Sciences UMSS21 Biomedical Sciences UMSS21 Physical and Mathematical Sciences UMSS21 Interdisciplinary Research UMSS21 Business, Education, and Art UMSS21 Allied Health   Links provided will take viewers to UMaine’s Kaltura video gallery. Presentations available for viewing by UMaine users only are noted (*).   0501. […]

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UMSS21 Business, Education, and Art

UMSS21 Presentations by Category UMSS21 Social Sciences and Humanities UMSS21 Natural Sciences UMSS21 Biomedical Sciences UMSS21 Physical and Mathematical Sciences UMSS21 Engineering and Information Sciences UMSS21 Interdisciplinary Research UMSS21 Allied Health   Links provided will take viewers to UMaine’s Kaltura video gallery. Presentations available for viewing by UMaine users only are noted (*).   0201. […]

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UMSS21 Allied Health

UMSS21 Presentations by Category UMSS21 Social Sciences and Humanities UMSS21 Natural Sciences UMSS21 Biomedical Sciences UMSS21 Physical and Mathematical Sciences UMSS21 Engineering and Information Sciences UMSS21 Interdisciplinary Research UMSS21 Business, Education, and Art   Links provided will take viewers to UMaine’s Kaltura video gallery. Presentations available for viewing by UMaine users only are noted (*). […]

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UMSS21 Biomedical Sciences

UMSS21 Presentations by Category UMSS21 Social Sciences and Humanities UMSS21 Natural Sciences UMSS21 Physical and Mathematical Sciences UMSS21 Engineering and Information Sciences UMSS21 Interdisciplinary Research UMSS21 Business, Education, and Art UMSS21 Allied Health   Links provided will take viewers to UMaine’s Kaltura video gallery. Presentations available for viewing by UMaine users only are noted (*). […]

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Call for abstracts: UMSS21

The 2021 annual UMaine Student Symposium (#UMSS21) is held every spring and is open to all disciplines. All students from the University of Maine and the University of Maine Machias can present their research and creative activity in the form of video presentations and will be judged by faculty, staff, and community sponsors. UMSS21 invites […]

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2020 UMaine Student Symposium announces award winners

In a virtual platform, 270 students showcased 131 research and creative works at the 2020 UMaine Student Symposium held on October 2. The fifth annual symposium provided an opportunity for the public to view student research and scholarly work – all online due to COVID-19. The free public event was organized by the Office of […]

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UMSS20 Social Sciences and Humanities

UMSS20 Presentations by Category UMSS20 Natural Sciences UMSS20 Biomedical Sciences UMSS20 Physical and Mathematical Sciences UMSS20 Engineering and Information Sciences UMSS20 Interdisciplinary Research UMSS20Business, Education, and Art   Links provided will take viewers to UMaine’s Kaltura video gallery. Presentations available for viewing by UMaine users only are noted (*). 0702. Testing the Waters of Natural […]

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UMSS20 Physical and Mathematical Sciences

UMSS20 Presentations by Category UMSS20 Social Sciences and Humanities UMSS20 Natural Sciences UMSS20 Biomedical Sciences UMSS20 Engineering and Information Sciences UMSS20 Interdisciplinary Research UMSS20Business, Education, and Art   Links provided will take viewers to UMaine’s Kaltura video gallery. Presentations available for viewing by UMaine users only are noted (*). 0101. Synthesis of Photoswitchable Triptan Derivatives […]

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UMSS20 Natural Sciences

UMSS20 Presentations by Category UMSS20 Social Sciences and Humanities UMSS20 Biomedical Sciences UMSS20 Physical and Mathematical Sciences UMSS20 Engineering and Information Sciences UMSS20 Interdisciplinary Research UMSS20Business, Education, and Art   Links provided will take viewers to UMaine’s Kaltura video gallery. Presentations available for viewing by UMaine users only are noted (*). 0802. In Planta Examination […]

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UMSS20 Interdisciplinary Research

UMSS20 Presentations by Category UMSS20 Social Sciences and Humanities UMSS20 Natural Sciences UMSS20 Biomedical Sciences UMSS20 Physical and Mathematical Sciences UMSS20 Engineering and Information Sciences UMSS20Business, Education, and Art   Links provided will take viewers to UMaine’s Kaltura video gallery. Presentations available for viewing by UMaine users only are noted (*). 0903. Undesigning Stigma; Motorized […]

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UMSS20 Engineering and Information

UMSS20 Presentations by Category UMSS20 Social Sciences and Humanities UMSS20 Natural Sciences UMSS20 Biomedical Sciences UMSS20 Physical and Mathematical Sciences UMSS20 Interdisciplinary Research UMSS20Business, Education, and Art   Links provided will take viewers to UMaine’s Kaltura video gallery. Presentations available for viewing by UMaine users only are noted (*). 0502.* Exploration of potential correlation between […]

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UMSS20 Business, Education, Allied Health and Art

UMSS20 Presentations by Category UMSS20 Social Sciences and Humanities UMSS20 Natural Sciences UMSS20 Biomedical Sciences UMSS20 Physical and Mathematical Sciences UMSS20 Engineering and Information Sciences UMSS20 Interdisciplinary Research   Links provided will take viewers to UMaine’s Kaltura video gallery. Presentations available for viewing by UMaine users only are noted (*). Business 0203.* On The Accuracy […]

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UMSS20 Biomedical Sciences

UMSS20 Presentations by Category UMSS20 Social Sciences and Humanities UMSS20 Natural Sciences UMSS20 Physical and Mathematical Sciences UMSS20 Engineering and Information Sciences UMSS20 Interdisciplinary Research UMSS20Business, Education, and Art   Links provided will take viewers to UMaine’s Kaltura video gallery. Presentations available for viewing by UMaine users only are noted (*). 1003. The role of […]

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Travis Mills Speech to be Broadcast Live During UMSS20!

UMSS20 to feature inspirational speaker: Travis Mills The 2020 UMaine Student Symposium (virtual) will feature Travis Mills as the keynote speaker of the virtual event. Attendees must register to watch the live broadcast on October 2 at noon via Zoom. The Retired United States Army Staff Sergeant inspires others around the world with his motivational […]

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UMaine Student Symposium pivots to new virtual format

The UMSS Executive Planning Committee is pleased to announce that the celebrated UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS20) which was postponed earlier this spring due to COVID-19, will now be held as a virtual event scheduled for Friday October 2, 2020. All presentations, exhibits, and other activities will be held using online collaboration platforms such as Zoom, […]

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Christopher DeMarchi

*this video was produced before COVID-19 restrictions went into effect Simulating varying hydrogen flow patterns in solar powered lunar oxygen production The research that I’m helping Dr. Lapp and the fellow students with is to pull oxygen out of the lunar soil. Specifically, we’re looking at oxygen production for habitation on the moon, as well […]

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Nicholas Soucy

*this video was produced before COVID-19 restrictions went into effect THED: Thermal Hand Experience Device [Nicholas Soucy] I created THED, which stands for Thermal Hand Experience Device. It’s a device that allows us to feel thermal sensations – both hot and cold – in virtual reality on the hands. So, good virtual reality has a […]

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March 13 Update: UMSS20 Postponed

The UMaine Student Symposium will NOT take place on April 17, 2020. We continue to monitor directives regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and will update this page when we have more information about the rescheduling of this event. Project submissions will be held and can be used for the future date. We will share more details […]

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UMSS20 Student Profile: Teagan LaPiere

Teagan LaPiere, Psychology Understanding Veteran Suicide Mentored by Mollie Ruben Teagan LaPiere, a military veteran himself, researches why non-combat deployed veterans have a higher rate of suicide than combat-deployed veterans. He hopes that this research will indicate factors that lead to military suicide, so policies for veteran mental health can be changed and improved.

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UMSS20 Student Profile: Anna Schumann

Anna Schumann, Molecular and Cellular Biology The Role of BPs’ gp33 Immunity Repressor in the Downregulation of M. Chelonae Genes Mentored by Sally Molloy Anna Schumann studies how viruses infect bacteria and interact with the host genes – with the hope of finding new treatments that will be able to work past the antibiotic resistant […]

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UMSS20 Student Profile: Christopher DeMarchi

Christopher DeMarchi, Mechanical Engineering Simulating Varying Hydrogen Flow Patterns in Solar Powered Lunar Oxygen Production Mentored by Justin Lapp Christopher DeMarchi is studying and developing different options in order to extract oxygen from lunar soil. The goal is to allow long-term habitation for humans on the moon. He has hopes of turning science fiction into […]

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UMSS20 Student Profile: Shannon O’Grady

Shannon O’Grady, Animal and Veterinary Sciences major with a Pre-Vet concentration Predictors and Impacts of Haemosporidian Parasite Infections in Barn Owls (Typo alba) Mentored by Pauline Kamath Shannon O’Grady studies the effects of blood parasite infections in barn owls by examining the relationships between haemosporidian infection intensities and reproductive success in individual barn owls (Typo […]

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UMSS20 Student Profile: Oisin Biswas

Oisin Biswas, Biomedical Engineering Surface Contamination Detection Method Using Structural Color Analysis Mentored by Caitlin Howell Oisin Biswas is developing a way to detect contaminants inside autonomous vehicles by using micro-structured paper, light and the concept of structural color. “With the rise of companies such as Tesla, the time of autonomous vehicles roaming the streets […]

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UMSS20 Student Profile: Samuel Varga

Samuel Varga, Finance How Speculative are Different Sectors of the Stock Market? Mentored by Grant Miles Samuel Varga researches what a stock’s price is based on: business performance or speculation about future growth. Varga will develop a map about the level of speculation, which will help investors make better financial decisions. “I hope that the […]

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Olivia Bradstreet

UMSS20 Student Profile: Olivia Bradstreet

Olivia Bradstreet, Student Fine Arts Paper, Pulp, and Practice: Investigating Connection Through Process Art Mentored by Ronald Nadeau Olivia Bradstreet is studying process art with handmade paper as her medium to demonstrate the connections between materials and narrative art. She is making the paper in a self-made, small-scale studio to investigate the connection that an […]

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Noah Moring

UMSS20 Student Profile: Noah Moring

Noah Moring, Business The Effective Marketing of Products, Services, and Events towards College Students Mentored by Stefano Tijerina Noah Moring examines why specific marketing strategies work so well on young audiences, specifically “Generation Z.” He hopes this will allow students and young adults to become more aware of their spending habits and that by being […]

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Michelle Ward

UMSS20 Student Profile: Michelle Ward

Michelle Ward, Psychology Influence of Personality on Dementia Caregiver Stress Mentored by Fayezah Ahmed Michelle Ward studies the stress levels of dementia caregivers in Maine. She examines the influence of personality to determine which caregivers are at a greater risk of high stress. Her findings could help provide better support for these caregivers and in […]

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Deven Teisl

UMSS20 Student Profile: Deven Teisl

Deven Teisl, Ecology and Environmental Science Tapping the Sweet Spot: Assessing a woodlot’s potential to transition into a productive, commercial-sized sugarbush. Mentored by Jessica Leahy Deven Teisl is researching the key site characteristics that are required on a woodlot in order for it to become a productive sugarbush. Producers of maple syrup must find these […]

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Amelia St. John

UMSS20 Student Profile: Amelia St. John

Amelia St. John, Microbiology Investigating the Role of Group B Streptococcus Prophages on Bacterial Fitness and Virulence Mentored by Melody Neely Amelia St. John studies how prophages residing in the Group B Streptococcus (GBS) genome impact its ability to cause disease. Pregnant mothers are often impacted by the effects of GBS, and the antibiotics used […]

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Nicholas Soucy

UMSS20 Student Profile: Nicholas Soucy

Nicholas Soucy, Physics THED: Thermal Hand Experience Device Mentored by Nimesha Ranasinghe Nicholas Soucy is developing a Thermal Hand Experience Device (THED), which allows users to feel thermal sensations in virtual reality on the hands. The sensations are both hot and cold and occur in real time. This will create a more fulfilling virtual reality […]

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Olivia Reese

UMSS20 Student Profile: Olivia Reese

Olivia Reese, Media Studies How 280 character changed the world: Crime, Twitter, and New Perception Mentored by Judith Rosenbaum-Andre Olivia Reese is studying the impacts that Twitter has on college students’ perceptions of crime and news. This idea came about from when researchers in the 1960’s looked at the ways in which television affected people’s […]

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Jacob Marchio

UMSS20 Student Profile: Jacob Marchio

Jacob Marchio, Engineering Physics Design and Construction of a Computer Controlled Astronomical Spectropolarimeter Mentored by Sam Hess Jacob Marchio is building an instrument that can gather spectral information as well as polarization in astronomy (which provides information about stars). Through spectroscopy, things such as temperature and mass can be obtained, whereas measuring the polarization (a […]

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Henry Laurita

UMSS20 Student Profile: Henry Laurita

Henry Laurita, Zoology Path, Pattern and Preference- the Power of Shape to Modify Honeybee Foraging Behavior Mentored by Julia McGuire Henry Laurita is studying honeybee foraging behaviors on different crop layouts. The goal is to find out bees preferences of different patterns, and therefore show farmers the best way to plant crops to encourage honeybee […]

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Miranda Jacques

UMSS20 Student Profile: Miranda Jacques

Miranda Jacques, Biomedical Engineering An Array of Synthetically Produced Fluorescent Biomarkers for Monitoring Neutrophil Behavior in the Non-Specific Immune Response Mentored by Matthew Brichacek Miranda Jacques is working to change the way neutrophils are studied. In the past, organisms would need to be genetically modified to express fluorescent genes – a time consuming method. Jacques […]

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Jacob Cote

UMSS20 Student Profile: Jacob Cote

Jacob Cote, Microbiology The Role of Prophage in Mycobacterial Antibiotic Resistance Mentored by Sally Molloy Jacob Cote is studying bacteriophage (bacterial viruses) in order to better understand antibiotic resistance and bacterial fitness. Bacteriophage are major contributors to the severity of diseases such as cholera and pathogenic E. coli. Cote’s goal is to better understand bacteriophage, […]

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Megan Arsenault

UMSS20 Student Profile: Megan Arsenault

Megan Arsenault, Chemistry Determination of Lactic Acid to Improve Quality of Biodegradable Polymers Mentored by Brian Frederick Megan Arsenault is working with lactic acid – a bioplastic produced from renewable resources (such as corn). These bioplastics do not require the usage of coal, crude oil and other fossil fuels. She hopes to determine the orientation […]

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UMSS20 Student Profile: Leigh Neptune

Leigh Neptune, Food Science and Human Nutrition Nonverbal displays of pride and shame in LGBTQ+ populations and their relationship with health outcomes Mentored by Mollie Ruben Leigh Neptune is studying body language in gender and sexual minorities in order to better understand how these may be signs of mental and physical health status, dietary habits, […]

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UMSS20 Student Profile: Hua Lin

Hua Lin, Engineering Physics Silicon-Carbide Nanowires and Thin Films for Sensing Strain and Pressure in Harsh Environments Mentored by Sheila Edalatpour Hua Lin is studying silicon carbide sensors in order to understand if they can be used to collect data in high stress situations – situations in which there are high temperature and pressure. He […]

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UMSS20 Student Profile: Sahvannah Michaud

Sahvannah Michaud, Psychology Emerging Neuroimaging Technology in Category Learning Research Mentored by Shawn Ell Sahvannah Michaud is studying the neural processes involved in learning and memory through examination of blood flow, volume, and oxygenation using a fNIRS device. This will assess frontal brain regions using neuroimaging technology. She is collecting data on the performance of […]

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UMSS20 Student Profile: Sophia Palangas

Sophia Palangas, Communication Sciences and Disorders Assessing Health Related Quality Of Life, Language Impairment, and Psychosocial Factors in Post-Stroke Aphasia Mentored by Christopher Grindrod Sophia Palangas studies the quality of life and mood of stroke survivors when they have aphasia, which is the inability to speak and comprehend language. This project will help stroke survivors […]

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UMSS20 Student Profile: Patrick Hurley

Patrick Hurley, Ecology and Environmental Science Mites, Camera, Action: Assessing Varroa Mite Treatment Trends in Maine Beekeepers Mentored by Julia McGuire Patrick Hurley is studying strategies in which the ectoparasitic mite, Varroa destructor, can be treated due to their threat to honeybees. Large-scale beekeepers are more at risk for these mites, as they keep many […]

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UMSS20 Student Profile: Maddie Eberly

Madeline Eberly, Forestry Feedbacks Between Wood Structure and Function Driving Forest Tree Responses to Extreme Drought Mentored by Jay Wason Madeline Eberly studies the effect of drought on forest trees in Maine. This will aid professionals in natural resources to better understand how to work with the forests challenged with climate change. Shifts in forest […]

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UMSS20 Student Profile: David Fitzpatrick

David Fitzpatrick, Engineering Physics A Hybrid Thermochemical and Pressure Swing Adsorption process of Air Separation Mentored by Justin Lapp David Fitzpatrick is modeling a new type of air separation to see if it could be more efficient than the current standard. He is combining two types of air separation processes to assess whether the process […]

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UMSS20 Student Profile: Lindsey Lagerstrom

Lindsey Lagerstrom, Psychology Telemental Health Care From the Perspective of Maine Mental Health Professionals Mentored by Fayeza Ahmed Lindsey Lagerstrom is assessing telemental health care from the perspective of mental health professionals practicing in Maine. She views the strengths and weaknesses in this rising technology through survey research. “Telemental health care, videoconferencing with a mental […]

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Travis Mills announced as UMSS20 featured speaker

UMSS20 to feature inspirational speaker: Travis Mills The 2020 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS20) is proud to announce Travis Mills as the featured speaker of the event. The Retired United States Army Staff Sergeant inspires others around the world with his motivational motto: “Never give up. Never quit.” His speech will teach and inspire attendees to […]

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UMSS20 Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts: UMSS20

Join the hundreds of students presenting their research work and creative activities on Friday, April 17, 2020! The 2020 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS20) has an open call for abstracts until March 13, 2020. All students – undergraduate or graduate – from the University of Maine or University of Maine Machias are invited to present their […]

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2019 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) Award Recipients

More than 1,200 students showcased nearly 400 research and creative works at the 2019 UMaine Student Symposium held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on April 10. The fourth annual symposium provided an opportunity for the public to interact with student researchers and scholars as they viewed posters and exhibits and listened to oral […]

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UMSS19 Photo Gallery now available online

Photos from the UMaine Student Symposium held on April 10, 2019 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor are now available to view and download in this gallery online. Visit the UMSS19 Photo Gallery to see some of the projects and presenters in action. Do you have photos you would like to share? Send them […]

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Jordan Miner

UMSS19 Jordan Miner

Imaging Zebrafish with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy using Second-Harmonic Generation to Evaluate Myosin Structure Transcript: I am studying muscular dystrophy with zebrafish test subjects. Muscular dystrophy is an incurable neuromuscular disease, and these individuals, they’re unsure if they should exercise or not. And so my research is going to be imaging zebra fish that have muscular […]

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Ben Williams

UMSS19Ben Williams

The Impact of Prophage BPs on Antibiotic Resistance in Mycobacteria Transcript: A big global health concern right now in all fields of medicine is antibiotic resistance. In general, any kind of antibiotic resistance makes small infections really difficult to treat and it can lead to bigger issues that can just compound in the future. And […]

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Michaela Murray

UMSS19 Michaela Murray

Project: An exploratory study of sustainability conceptualizations and practices in Maine wineries Transcript: I am working with the Maine wine guild to assess how wineries across the state are both implementing and conceptualizing sustainability with the hopes of contributing to industry development strategies. Agriculture and tourism are both really important parts of Maine’s economy. And I […]

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Olivia Reese

UMSS19 Olivia Reese

Project: Tweets, Trust & Pixie Dust: understanding credibility in the age of social media Transcript Throughout, my media studies major, I learned that there were so many different things that were kind of influencing us on a daily basis. So I began to wonder, well how is it influencing me and my generation specifically? So […]

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Emma Newcomb studies seal strandings in Maine

UMSS19 Emma Newcomb

Project: Anthropogenic effects on marine mammal strandings and call reports in the Gulf of Maine from 2010 to 2015 Transcript I’m researching how humans in the state of Maine interact with seals through boat strikes, entanglement, approach. Why is it common in certain areas? There’s a higher population density? More beach goers? More accessible beaches? […]

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Gabrielle Bock

Gabrielle Bock

Determination of Potential Biopolymer Substitutes for Intaglio Etching Constituents Based on Rheological and Adhesive Properties Gabrielle Bock, Chemistry and Studio Art, is attempting to determine a non-proprietary, non-toxic substitute to use in an intaglio etching ground, which is the process of using acid or mordant to cut into metal surfaces to create a design. “I […]

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Benjamin Williams

Benjamin Williams

The Impact of Prophage BPs on Antibiotic Resistance in Mycobacteria Ben Williams, pre-med, is conducting research on understanding the manner in which bacteria gain tools for antibiotic resistance from the viruses that infect them. “The rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria is a critical issue in the clinical setting. So, as a pre-medical student this area […]

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Michael Buyaskas

Michael Buyaskas

Assessing the effectiveness of bait versus lure in linear arrays with multiple trail cameras to detect North American mammals Michael Buyaskas, wildlife ecology, is attempting to find the best combination of bait and lure to attract the most mammals to a trail camera. This combination will be used to provide a framework for researchers and […]

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Jordan Miner

Jordan Miner

Imaging Zebrafish with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy using Second-Harmonic Generation to Evaluate Myosin Structure Jordan Miner is a Biomedical Engineering student at the University of Maine examining Zebrafish with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy to help determine the best course of treatment for a person with DMD. Miner uses a two-photon laser to image the myosin structure of […]

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Meghan Royle

Meghan Royle

The effects of environmental lighting on circadian rhythm entrainment and voluntary alcohol intake: possible role for melanopsin signaling With her research, Meghan Royle, biology, is attempting to find a link between daily biological rhythms and voluntary ethanol intake through a protein found in photosensitive cells. Royle is hoping her research can be used to help […]

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Sarah McCallister

Sarah McCallister

Determining the Role of Prophage, Cuke, Gene Expression on Host Mycobacterium Smegmatis Gene Expression Molecular and cell biology student Sarah McCallister’s research seeks to understand the impact of integrated phage genomes on bacterial gene expression. “I believe by researching and determining how bacteriophage impact bacterial gene expression, we can then understand more about the bacteria […]

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Michaela Murray

Michaela Murray

An Exploratory Study Of Sustainability Conceptualizations And Practices In Maine Wineries Michaela Murray studies environmental science. Her research is focused on understanding sustainability perceptions and implementations among Maine winery owners. “I chose to study Maine wine not only because I have a personal interest in the product, but because it has become evident that the […]

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Griffin Archambault

Griffin Archambault

Developing a Novel Approach to Estimate Reproductive Success of Black Bears in Maine Griffin Archambault, wildlife ecology, is currently researching and developing cost-effective monitoring protocols to establish an understanding of the black bear reproductive rates across the state of Maine. “Black bears are a keystone species in Maine, and understanding how our uses of the […]

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Bobby Brittingham

Bobby Brittingham

How Personality Types Affect Deer Mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) and Southern Red-backed Vole (Myodes gapperi) Seed Cache Management Bobby Brittingham, wildlife ecology, studies how varying personalities of deer mice and southern red-backed voles changes the behaviors around their seed caches. “There is a lot of information to find out about how personality can be implemented to […]

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Cassandra Steele

Cassandra Steele

Impacts of plant detritus and bacterial composition of mosquito development Cassandra Steele, zoology, does research focused on how plants and bacteria influence the survival of mosquitoes, who can be carriers of vector-borne diseases. “The more knowledge we have about how invasive plants alter ecosystems may contribute to management strategies to control invasive outbreaks,” explains Steele. […]

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Thilee Yost

Thilee Yost

Asian American Politics: A Case Study of Hmong American Political Incorporation in St. Paul, MN Thilee Yost, political science and philosophy, is researching Asian American voting motivations and patterns for her Honors Thesis. Yost’s research is focused in St. Paul, MN, where examples of Asian American political incorporation and participation has been successful. Yost is […]

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The 2019 UMaine Student Symposium keynote speaker is Stuart Kestenbaum, Maine's Poet Laureate.

UMSS19 Keynote Speaker: Maine’s Poet Laureate, Stuart Kestenbaum

Nothing Like a Deadline: Some Thoughts on the Creative Process The UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) celebrates student research and creative work each year. The 2019 UMSS keynote speaker is Stuart Kestenbaum, Maine’s Poet Laureate. His speech will be about creativity and how people are at their best when they have a framework and limitations.  Kestenbaum […]

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2018 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) Award Recipients

More than 1,300 undergraduate and graduate students presented their work during the third annual University of Maine Student Symposium held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on April 17. The free public event, which was organized by UMaine Graduate Student Government and the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) as part of Maine Impact Week, […]

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2017 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) Award Recipients

The free public event, which was organized by UMaine Graduate Student Government and the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) as part of Maine Impact Week, provided an opportunity for community members to meet student researchers and scholars, see their posters and exhibits, hear their presentations, and view short performances and art. 1st Place: Biomedical Sciences:Sarai […]

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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 Exhibits: […]

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2015 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) Award Recipients

The UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) was open to any undergraduate at the university and featured presentations from 229 students in the form of 92 posters, 16 oral presentations or performances, and 13 exhibits.  Several presentations included multiple student group projects. Awards were given to the top scoring presentations from each of the three presentation styles. 1st place winners were […]

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2014 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) Award Recipients

The UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) was open to any undergraduate at the university and featured presentations from 149 students in the form of 77 posters, 21 oral presentations or performances, and 10 exhibits.  Several presentations included multiple student group projects. Awards were given to the top scoring presentations from each of the three presentation styles. […]

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2013 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) Award Recipients

2013 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) List of Abstracts 2013 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) Program 2013 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) Final Stats The 4th UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) was held on April 16, 2013, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, at the Wells Conference Center. Dr. Ali Abedi, Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR), is pleased to […]

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2012 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) Award Recipients

A Special Thank You to the 2015 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) Sponsors! Office of the Vice President for Research UMaine Printing Services Department of Sociology Orono Pharmacy home of the recently opened Layla’s Bazaar Exhibits 1st Place: Patrick Dean & Nicklaus DeBlois, A Study of Photogrammetry and the Virgin Islands National Park Hassle Island Sugar Plantation Ruins, advised […]

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