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Edition 7 (10/13/21)

Peace Writing Prize Applicaction

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Edition 4 (9/22/21)

CLAS Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that CLAS Undergraduate and Creative Activity Fellowships will be available again this year to qualified students. To avoid duplication or competition with the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) and to simplify the application process for students and faculty, the application for both CUGR and CLAS Fellowships will again be on the same platform. The College does not have a separate application form for its undergraduate fellowships.

To apply, students with majors within CLAS must complete the application below. Please note that a faculty mentor letter must accompany the application, with the same deadline. Letters should comment on the student’s research and academic abilities and should confirm the faculty member’s commitment to mentoring the student. Mentors will need the student’s MaineStreet ID to submit the letter.

AY 2021-2022 CUGR Fellowship Application Linkhttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeD2BX5hMctGlu2qhhxSVv_ld1BYAvX31w3JRWtvnnBzVvwAA/viewform

Faculty Mentor Letter Linkhttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-tiB6NATdvqeN6_kfi4Pv0DZO42dEGW7kAVKNaIUDr-C9kA/viewform

The CUGR application is now open (at https://cugr.umaine.edu/; click on “Apply for CUGR Fellowships”), and the deadline is October 15. That deadline is firm. Please remind interested students about the application deadline, and let them know that completing the online CUGR application will automatically make them eligible for the CLAS Fellowship program. Team projects are encouraged. CUGR awards will be announced November 1; CLAS Undergraduate Fellowship Awards will be announced shortly thereafter.

Following CUGR review of proposals, a CLAS Awards Committee will review proposals that CUGR did not fund and make recommendations to Dean Haddad. Quality of the proposed projects and disciplinary distribution will guide selection. Recipients will be awarded up to $1500 for the academic year. This may include stipends and/or research expenses. Budgets must comply with all University regulations, and require final approval by the committee. Departments are responsible for distributing the funds in consultation with Heather Eddy, CLAS Budget Analyst.

CLAS Fellowships may be awarded for work in credit-bearing courses or on thesis projects, although this is not a requirement. The purpose of the Fellowships is to enhance and increase undergraduate student involvement in faculty-supervised research and creative activity.

Students who are awarded CLAS Fellowships must submit an abstract for the UMaine Student Symposium to be held on April 15, 2022. The abstract due date is March 7, 2022. For more details and contact information, see https://cugr.umaine.edu/.

A final report, including a record of actual expenses, must be submitted by the student to Dr. Timothy Cole at tmcole@maine.edu no later than May 6, 2022.


Edition 3 (9/15/21)

Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions Internship AY2021/22

Forty percent of food produced is never eaten, and for Maine’s rural farms and communities the food waste challenge is even greater. Maine’s food waste has high economic costs: the direct cost of food loss plus related costs for water, labor, energy and soil used for uneaten food; social costs: the 12th highest rate of food insecurity in the US with 1 in 5 children being food insecure; and environmental costs: negatively impacting precious natural resources and climate change.

In 2019 an interdisciplinary team was funded to help identify triple-bottom-line solutions to end food waste in Maine.  The team worked with Maine’s major food business and organization stakeholders and conducted best-practice research to identify food waste solutions that would deliver major economic, social and environmental benefits for Maine. 

 We identified a strategic plan for six inter-connected solutions that will end food waste in Maine and deliver those important triple bottom line benefits (profits, people, planet). The most cost-effective solution is Solution #3 – Create and implement a Maine consumer food waste awareness/education/action campaign. Changing the “hearts and minds” of Maine people is key to ending wasted food in Maine; a great website can be an extremely effective tool.

                                                                                                                             Mitchell Center Student Intern – Website/Digital Communication

Ability to work 7-8 hours per week.

Has a strong passion for triple bottom line based sustainability solutions – food systems interest a plus

Strong communication and creative design skills

Detail-oriented and project management ability

Enjoys working with a diverse team

Curious, resourceful and creative problem-solver

Junior or senior standing or equivalent work/study experience

Multi-semester option available

Global Problems Need Global Solutions

The US is organized as a democratic federation of states that has solved national problems peacefully for the past 156 years.

How could the world be organized to solve global problems peacefully?

This contest is sponsored by

globalsolutions.org

Maine Chapter, Orono, Maine

Prizes: 1st $500, 2nd $300, 3rd $200

Contest rules:

  • Contestants must be younger than 30 years old on October 15th, 2021.
  • In up to 1500 words, write on the subject, “global problems need global solutions,” arguing for the most effective, peaceful, and just way of providing global solutions.
  • You may cover global problems in general, without greatly expanding on any one problem, or you may focus on one or two global problems. In either case, show how your approach would be applied to its/their solution.
  • Global problems include climate change, pandemics, wars, hunger/famine, poverty, biodiversity loss, genocide, emigration/immigration crises, and many others.
  • Double space your essay in 12-point font in an MS Word document.
  • In the text, you may cite up to 6 literature references to support your arguments. References listed at the end do not count toward the 1500 word maximum.
  • Submit by email attachments a completed entry form and your essay between October 15th and November 15th, 2021, to Lee Davis (email address below). Deadline: November 15th, 2021.
  • Winners will be announced on December 15th, 2021.

For more information and an entry form:

Contact Lee Davis, Chair, Maine Chapter of CGS at sldavis@maine.edu


Edition 2 (9/8/21)

Visit the office of Major Scholarships!

The Office of Major Scholarships offers information and support to help undergraduate and graduate students prepare competitive applications for prestigious national merit-based scholarships, including awards for undergraduate study, study abroad and graduate study. We view the scholarship application process as an integral part of the academic, personal, and career development for the students at the University of Maine. We strive to make the application process a positive, skill-building, and transformative learning experience accessible to all students.

We are currently preparing to assist students with applications for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The Gilman Scholarship provides study abroad funding opportunities for undergraduate students who are receiving a Federal Pell Grant. There are two opportunities to apply for the Gilman Scholarship during the academic year, depending on the date of your proposed study abroad program. The Fall application (deadline October 5th) provides funding for programs happening during the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2022, as well as for programs taking place during the 2022/23 academic year. 

If you are interested in learning more about the Gilman Scholarship, or other scholarship opportunities, please contact our office! You can find us online at our website, follow us on Instagram, or contact us directly by emailing nives.dalbowheeler@maine.edu or taylor.cray@maine.edu

Fall 2021 Sustainability Talks

For many years, the Mitchell Center has hosted an innovative Sustainability Talks series during the fall and spring semesters. The goal of these talks is to provide students, faculty, and interested citizens with opportunities to learn about: 1) the multi-faceted nature of sustainability problems; 2) the value of connecting different forms of knowledge and know-how in efforts to understand and solve such problems; and 3) the ways in which partnerships between universities and diverse stakeholders can facilitate efforts to identify and implement useful solutions.

All talks are Mondays at 3pm and are available via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. For Zoom attendees, registration is required for each talk. Please go to individual event pages to register. Many talks are recorded and can be found on our Vimeo site after the event.

September 13, 2021: Team Science and Lessons from Kindergarten – The Essence of Collaborative Research

Find the Schedule for Upcoming Talks HERE!

Come Join SAB!

The Honors College Student Advisory Board (SAB) is looking for new members! If you’re passionate about planning community programs and want to get to know your fellow honors students in the process, SAB is the perfect group for you. We meet weekly on Thursdays at 5:30pm in Colvin 401. For more information, visit honors.umaine.edu/student-advisory-board/ or email our President at dominique.dispirito@maine.edu!

Partners for World Health 

Are you a pre-med student or a student looking for reliable service hours? Partners for World Health (PWH) is a student organization and humanitarian group that collects medical supplies to distribute to people in need. Interested individuals are invited to join the first meeting of the semester on Tuesday, September 14th, 5-6PM via Zoom or in person in the Lown Room, second floor of the Memorial Union. For more information and the Zoom link, please reach out to Co-President Michael Delorge at michael.delorge@maine.edu.

Biomedical Research Opportunities for Honors Students

Are you interested in biomedical research? The Honors College Genomics Research Collaborative (https://honors.umaine.edu/inbre/genomics-research-collaborative/) is a new program where three student teams work together to make new discoveries in the field of genomics with a faculty mentor. Over the course of the academic year, the three teams will meet to share their progress and develop research skills in genomics and bioinformatics. This year, student teams will be mentored by Profs. Sally Molloy, Pauline Kamath and Ben King. 
 
Prof. Molloy’s lab studies bacterial viruses (phage) and how they can alter how a bacterial host responds to antibiotics. This is of particular importance given the increasing prevalence of bacterial pathogens that are resistant to antibiotics, especially in immunocompromised patients.
 
Prof. Kamath’s lab investigates infectious disease transmission dynamics and host-pathogen adaptation in wildlife disease systems. Current projects include genomic studies of zebra and kudu populations in southern Africa with increased resistance to anthrax.
 
Prof. King’s lab studies how the innate immune system responds to Influenza A virus by using zebrafish and analyzing large gene expression datasets. An estimated 10-36 million influenza infections occur each year in the US, with 114,000-624,000 needing hospital care for associated respiratory and heart symptoms. His lab seeks to understand how neutrophils regulate the inflammatory response to influenza A virus.
 
A stipend and supply budget is provided by the Maine INBRE Program. To learn more about the program or to apply to join one of the teams, please email Prof. Sally Molloy (sally.dixon@maine.edu).