Thesis Archives Search
This search engine will let you explore the over 1800 theses written in Honors at The University of Maine since the Program’s inception in 1935. You may search our thesis archives based on any of the fields listed above. If the thesis is available at the Reynolds Library (Thomson Honors Center) or Fogler Library (Special Collections), the information will appear below the bibliographic data. At last count, we had about 1800 theses in the Reynolds Library.
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“Well, He Just Lost Man Points In My Book:” The Absence of Volunteerism Among First-Year College Men
Major: Sociology & Child Development and Family Relations Graduation Year: 2010 Thesis Advisor: Susan Gardner
Description of Publication:
A significant amount of research has been conducted on volunteerism in America. The majority of this research, however, can be characterized as comparing gender differences between men and women, grouping men and women as one representative group, or neglecting college students all together and focusing on adult volunteers. Given the benefits of volunteerism, the lack of involvement among college men, and the increasing need for volunteers in non-profit and civic organizations, this study documented reasons for the lack of volunteerism among first-year undergraduate men at a mid-sized research university in the northeast. Qualitative in nature, several themes appeared through a series of in-depth interviews indicating first-year men’s lack of motivation toward volunteering, perceived time and fun of volunteer activities, and unawareness of volunteer opportunities. There was also evidence that suggested men identify volunteering as emasculating or damaging to one’s social status. Taking into account themes that indicated a reason for the lack of volunteerism among men, suggestions on how to improve volunteer rates included utilizing skills and interests that first-year men already possess, making volunteer opportunities flexible, encouraging men to volunteer through already established groups, and advertising diverse volunteer opportunities. This study helped to provide a greater understanding of gender and its impact on one’s actions, and could assist administrators with future volunteer initiatives.
Location of Publication:
URL to Thesis: https://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/honors/574
1000 Days, or Lessons from Riverside is a novel, largely meant for a young adult audience, written with the intent to tell a story not just about a boy’s last three years of high school, or even about a boy becoming a man. Rather, this novel is about a boy becoming a man of God.
The protagonist, Paul Clark, has to complete community service hours for school credit. Disgruntled by the new assignment, Paul is assigned to work at Riverside Living Center, a group home for extremely ill children. There, he meets Timothy Pottinger, a classmate who volunteers at Riverside freely and acts as something as a chaplain for the ill children. Paul’s life is further complicated when his cousin, Julie, moves in with his family following her parents’ divorce. Julie, a pious, studious girl, is very different from anyone Paul knows.
Over the course of the next three years, Paul and Julie must learn how to live together as a family. Through their assignments at Riverside, they learn true compassion and understanding, and Paul begins to seek out just what is it about faith that makes Julie and Timothy as driven as they are.
2007: A Journey Through School District Reorganization: How Maine is Redefining its Educational Boundaries
A Benefit-Cost Analysis of Community Solar for Low to Moderate Income Residents of Mount Desert Island, Maine
Major: Ecology and Environmental Sciences Graduation Year: 2020 Thesis Advisor: Sharon Klein
Description of Publication:
As we continue to feel the effects of climate change there is an increasing demand for clean energy to reduce the impact that the energy sector has on greenhouse gas emissions. An organization, A Climate To Thrive (ACTT), on Mount Desert Island (MDI) in Maine has made it their mission to make MDI energy independent by 2030 and are interested in the application of a community solar farm (CSF) as a means to help their low-tomoderate income (LMI) population transition to the use of solar power and reduce their energy burden. This study explores four scenarios, in conjunction with several financing mechanisms, to determine which CSF management scenario and financing techniques would be most accommodating of LMI needs that could otherwise inhibit this group from participating in renewable energy projects. These needs largely include a lack of financial flexibility, the inability to qualify for loans or tax credits, and the need to accommodate their homeownership status, which tends to be renters. To obtain these results a benefitcost analysis (BCA) was done that showed the system owner and subscriber NPV, ROI, and Payback Periods. These results showed that, overall, the most accommodating scenario for LMI subscribers would be a lease-to-own scenario. This option provides flexible financing for both the system owner and subscriber and has great potential to be a worthwhile investment for both parties.
Location of Publication:
URL to Thesis: https://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/honors/601/