Research Collaboratives

Genomics Research Collaborative

The Genomics Research Collaborative (GRC) is an interdisciplinary biomedical research training program within the Honors College and INBRE. Teams of Honors students are conducting research with faculty mentors on topics ranging from how the innate immune system responds to Influenza A Virus infection, to the behavioral and physiological responses to toxins in drinking water, to discovering genes that could lead to new bacteriophage therapies for tuberculosis. Even though the students in the GRC have different majors and years of study, they are all interested in biomedical research.

Interested in learning more? Contact Dr. Benjamin King (


Servant Heart Research Collaborative

The Servant Heart Research Collaborative (SHRC) was created through the Honors College at the University of Maine to address specific educational and experiential challenges facing children in Sierra Leone. Learn more about the collaborative’s recent trip to Sierra Leone here! For three years, the collaborative has been working on two projects:

    • A six-part series of workshops on attachment theory (AT) for caregivers working with displaced and orphaned children
    • The National Exam Test Tool (NETT), an online training system for students taking high stakes national exams which they are required to pass in order to progress in school

Interested in learning more? Contact Dr. Melissa Ladenheim (


Margaret Chase Smith Recipe Research Collaborative

The Margaret Chase Smith Recipe Research Collaborative formed in fall 2018 to support an interdisciplinary group of students and faculty who are passionate about food and interested in studying the role of recipes and cooking in politics and public life, as well as issues related to history, gender, and the environment.

Interested in learning more? Contact Dr. Amy Blackstone (, or Dr. Melissa Ladenheim (


Project Q

Project Q provides a space for students to engage in Queer Theory and LGBTQIA*-related research. The group serves as a place to discuss issues in Queer Studies and get ideas and feedback for classwork, independent studies, and Honors theses. The group also engages in critical study of queerness as it relates to various majors and fields such as Literature, History, Biology, Art, and Theatre. Project Q also engages in the Honors curriculum, seeking space for queer texts in the Civilizations sequence and beyond.

Interested in learning more? Contact Dr. Jennie Woodard (


Sustainable Food Systems Research Collaborative

The Sustainable Food Systems Research Collaborative (SFSRC) is an initiative of the Honors College at the University of Maine. It brings together students, faculty, and community partners in an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems of food production, food distribution, and hunger. The SFSRC seeks to bring the expertise, energy, and enthusiasm of student researchers to bear on problems that are posed by community partners. Honors faculty and other UMaine professors serve as thesis advisors and provide continuity for problem-solving that could span several thesis projects. Note: this collaborative is currently not active.