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Edition 4 (2/9/22)

PAID Undergraduate Student Research Assistant Position

Project: USGS Cooperative Research Units Program Evaluation

Join a research team working towards understanding the relationship dynamics of the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units (CRU) program and characterize responses to changing natural resource management needs. Students with an interest in network analysis, conservation organizations, human dimensions, and spatial analysis are encouraged to apply.

  • Timeline: Spring 2022 start with the opportunity to continue throughout the year
  • Funding: 10-20 hours per week at $12.75; work study preferred
  • FMI, Contact Sarah Vogel (

Funding with Maine Policy Scholars Program

This $5000 scholarship supports one student from each UMS campus to pursue research on a public policy topic with relevance to Maine. Students learn how to carry out independent research, participate in colloquia, and present their research ideas and findings. Each student works with a faculty advisor and a community mentor.

For more information please see here or contact Peggy McKee (

Edition 3 (2/2/22)

Edition 2 (1/26/22)

Mitchell Center Seeks Undergraduate Research Assistant

Position: Undergraduate Student Research Assistant: Interventions to increase landowner enrollment in forest property tax programs
Timeline: January 2022 – May 2022
*Note: Option to work over the summer and future semesters exist.
Academic Year: up to 20 hours per week at $13.50/hr
Summer: approximately 30 hrs/ week at $13.50
*This project could also evolve to be an Honors thesis project.
Project Description: Join a solutions-oriented research team working with the U.S. Forest Service to help identify and incentivize Maine landowners to join forest property tax programs designed to keep more land as forests, thereby providing ecosystem services and other amenities.
FMI Contact Dr. Adam Daigneault (

The 2022 Graton Prize in Constitutional Law

Endowed by Claude Dewing Graton, Class of 1900, the Graton Prize is awarded annually to the best essay responding to a current question in constitutional law. This year’s prize will award up to $8,000 to the best response to each of five questions:

  1. Does the Supreme Court need more justices? What constitutional authority would permit expanding the Court? Which constitutional values would be served by doing so? Which would be threatened?
  2. Under what circumstances and to what extent is it constitutionally permissible for the federal government to require mandatory vaccinations?
  3. Is there a constitutional right to birth control? What are the broader constitutional stakes involved? E.g. how does the question implicate the class of rights ostensibly protected by substantive due process, or the common law doctrine of stare decisis?
  4. Is the judiciary the appropriate branch of government to guarantee individual rights and liberties? Or are rights sometimes best defended by the political branches? What distinguishes these cases? Were they anticipated by the Framers?
  5. Is executive privilege a power from which only a sitting president can benefit? Can a former president invoke executive privilege even when a sitting president has waived it?

Notes and directions:
Any regularly enrolled undergraduate student may enter the contest. A qualifying essay must respond to only one of the set questions and should illustrate its answer by drawing (where appropriate) on the intent of the Framers, actions of Congress and/or the executive; and landmark decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. Essays must be submitted in hardcopy to the Office of the Administrative Assistant, Department of Political Science, 229 North Stevens Hall, no later than Monday, 21 March 2022 by 12:00 p.m.

The essays must be between 2,000–5,000 words in length and have two cover sheets: one with the title only, the other with the student’s name and contact information. Adherence to the Style Manual for Political Science, APA, or other standard style reference is highly encouraged. A complete bibliography must accompany the essay and proper citation be followed throughout.

Judging criteria include:
• Clarity of issue identification and thesis
• Strength of argument and analysis
• Quality of research
• Coherence of organization and grammar

The evaluation committee reserves the right not to award any prize money if it determines that no essay meets its standards. Questions about the contest may be directed to Robert Ballingall, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Extra copies of this announcement are available in the office of the Administrative Assistant, Department of Political Science.

Other Opportunities

The Dirigo Leadership Conference

The Dirigo Leadership Conference will be held on the University of Maine’s campus on March 26th. 2022. This year, our sessions will focus on the following topics: 

  • Social Justice and Social Change
  • Leadership in different contexts
  • Resilience
  • General leadership for new students

CISV Work & Travel Opportunity

CISV Maine (formerly Children’s International Summer Villages) chapter has short-term summer 2022 programs looking for leaders (age 21+) for a Youth Meeting to Portugal and Step up program to Norway.  

  • build leadership skills with multicultural and DEIA focus
  • unique, life changing and fun opportunities in Summer 2022
  • adds to resume and connects you to CISV opportunities around the entire world 

Apply and find more information with: or go to applications page.

Publication Opportunity: Aisthesis Undergraduate Honors Journal

University of Minnesota Duluth’s Honors Program is currently seeking academic and creative submissions for the 2022 issue of Aisthesis, our undergraduate honors journal. As an interdisciplinary publication, we welcome academic work, including honors capstone projects, literature reviews, and research articles, from all fields of research. Creative submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art (including but not limited to painting, sculpture, short film, multimedia, and photography) are also encouraged. If you are hoping to build your resume, share your work, and publish as an undergraduate, this is the perfect opportunity for you!

The submission deadline is March 7, 2022. Guidelines can be found at Submission Guidelines | Aisthesis: Honors Student Journal.

Please email questions to!