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UMA Student Leadership and Research Conference


What is the UMA Student Leadership and Research Conference?

In a new UMA tradition, each spring students come together to share their research projects from across programs, courses, and majors. A variety of presentations (power points, roundtables, posters) will take place on site on both campuses on Friday, April 28 from 9 to 4. Students will also present their work and interact via social media (#UMASLARC). Lunch will be provided on both campus libraries at noon.

Each spring UMA students have also organized a Student Leadership Conference that includes speakers and workshops. This year’s Leadership Conference will take place on Friday, April 28th from 5 to 9 pm with two speakers and a dinner.

While students will present work on a variety of topics, this year’s Student Research Conference highlights the academic theme of climate change. Throughout the academic year, a variety of courses and projects have engaged with the often daunting subject of climate change and students’ projects offer big ideas as well as practical solutions.

Link to the Conference registration form

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Ways you can participate in the UMA Student Leadership and Research Conference…

Friday: Attend students’ presentations on the Augusta and Bangor campuses in the morning and/or the afternoon. Ask them questions about their work. Share ideas. Or just observe and applaud at the end!

Friday: Attend the lunchtime session at Katz Library (Augusta) and Nottage Library (Bangor) and enjoy some food and conversation with students, faculty, staff, and guests. We’ll be discussing next year’s academic theme and more!

Friday: Participate via social media—on Facebook or Twitter (#UMASLARC)—viewing projects there and making comments to the students presenting electronically.

Friday: Attend the evening dinner and keynote speech in the Fireplace Lounge in Augusta.


UMA Student Leadership and Research Conference Program

April 28, 2017


From 9 to 4, the conference will take place at the Katz and Nottage libraries in Augusta and Bangor and will be connected for each session through two video conferencing classrooms.

While students will present work on a variety of topics, this year’s Student Research Conference highlights the academic theme of climate change. Throughout the academic year, a variety of courses and projects have engaged with the often daunting subject of climate change and students’ projects offer big ideas as well as practical solutions. You can find these presentations in green font throughout the program.

Lunch will be provided on both campus libraries at noon and we will discuss next year’s academic theme: Truth. Next year’s colloquium book, Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction by Jennifer Nagel, will be available.


Friday night, from 5 to 8 pm, guest speakers–Muhammad “Humza” Khan, USM Student Body President, and Travis Hutchins, Masters Student at UMaine–will speak on the topic of “Overcome Adversity – Understand Diversity.” At 6 pm a formal dinner will be offered by the Student Government Association and will conclude the day’s events.


In addition to events based in Bangor and Augusta, the conference includes digital presentations and conversations on Facebook and Twitter. These digital spaces allow for  distance students’ participation, and internet spaces will also display students’ work.

We will use #UMASLARC on Twitter for links to other social media spaces. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to participate in this social media space from 9:00 to 4:00 and beyond. Share your observations and ideas in this online space!


The UMA Honors Program will be giving out reusable aluminum water bottles (to 100 conference participants) and copies of next year’s colloquium book, Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction by Jennifer Nagel (to 50 students).

How do you get a water bottle?: Sign in at the front desk in Katz Library in Augusta or the Nottage Library in Bangor between 9 and 4. If you are participating online, you will have to pick up your bottle on campus, but we will save one for you if you send an email to Karyssa Upham ( by 4 pm, or while supplies last. Your email must have water bottle in the subject line and you must indicate which campus you will be picking up your bottle at.

And, these water bottles are a part of the start up for the Go Fund Me project to raise money for better water fountains on the Augusta campus (see the 2B session for more info).

How do you get a copy of Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction by Jennifer Nagel? Join us for lunch in Katz Library or Nottage Library and the first 50 students (returning to UMA in the fall) will get a free book to prepare for next year’s convocation and colloquium theme. Can’t make lunch but you’d like a book? If we have extra books, they will be available in the library while supplies last.


And a word about our sponsors…

The 2017 UMA Student Leadership and Research Conference  is sponsored by the Student Government Association (Augusta and Bangor), The UMA Honors Program, The College of Arts and Sciences, The College of Professional Studies, The Office of the Provost, UMA Libraries, and Women Invigorating Curriculum and Cultivating Diversity (WICCD).

Conference Planning Committee: Sarah Hentges (chair), Kati Corlew, Carey Clark, Matthew Dube, Amber Howard, Roger Mackbach, Brad O’Brien, Aaminah Aleem, Patrick Caskin, Elizabeth Powers, Sharon McMahon Sawyer, Ben Treat, Lorien Lake-Corral.

Special Thanks to: Rose Pelletier, Kent Corey, Paul Philbrick, Frear Hook, Joyce Blanchard, Karyssa Upham, Colleen Coffey, Haley Brown, Lisa Botshon, Jeff Sychterz, Greg Fahy, Joe Szakas, Brenda McAleer, Lauren Weinbrown, Ken Elliott, Kay Retzlaff, Gillian Jordan, LeeAnn Trask, Helene Turcotte, Laurin Gordin, Kimberly Dowling, Michelle Arms.

Special thanks to Kim Emerson and Roger Mackbach for creating this year’s conference logo! And to Karyssa Upham for creating the logo on the “Reuse, Reduce, Recycle” water bottle.

Eco-friendly catering by Lisa’s Restaurant and Catering (Augusta) and Frank’s Bakery and Moe’s Original BBQ (Bangor).

And a warm thank you to everyone in the UMA community whose energy, ideas, and enthusiasm contributed to making this important event happen!



9:00 Check in and Opening remarks in the UMA Libraries!

Augusta: Katz Library (first floor)

Bangor: Nottage Library


Session I: 9:30 to 10:30

Session 1A: Katz 53 (Augusta) and Lewiston Hall 118 (Bangor)

Refugees and Immigration: Hunger, Violence, and Trauma

Moderator: Professor of English, Kay Retzlaff (Bang)

Lian Oyerbides, Justice Studies (Aug), Domestic Violence and Immigrant Women

Data collected through Kennebec county jail and Family Violence Project and conducted individual interviews. It shows the complication of the issue of domestic violence involving immigrants.

Karl Hance, Mental Health and Human Services (Bang), Refugees and Hunger: How Do We Feed our New Populace?

I plan to address the issue of hunger and social services put in place to feed refugees in the U.S.


Session 1B: Katz 40 (Augusta) and Lewiston Hall 119 (Bangor)

 Talking About Climate Change

Moderator: Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems, Matthew Dube (Aug)

Heidi Hodsdon, Applied Science (Aug), How To Say It: Discussions about Climate Change

The purpose of this project is to help create a framework that others can use on a daily basis for having engaging in non-political discussions about climate.  It is important to take back the topic of climate.  Surely these conversations can have relevant political aspects but the subject of climate does not belong exclusively in the realm of politics.  This review will  help others consider a new framework for how to approach the subject of climate with their peers, colleagues, and family members resulting in actionable enthusiasm rather than cynical partisan blame, hopelessness, or worse, disregard.

Allen D. Colby, Mental Health and Human Services (Bang), Heads Up for a Brighter Future

I plan to create  presentation explaining what adults of all ages can do to secure their future as it pertains to types of health care settings for themselves and their aging family; all the while discussing ways to protect homes, investments, assets, and being conscious of the quality of environments affected by their actions (e.g., air quality; in/out of residence; water quality as it pertains to wells, septic systems, waste, etc.; soil quality as it pertains to updating safe(r) energy and/or waste practices). I will outline where/when to start, who to ask, and discuss possible solutions to common problems/barriers facing people who want such security and those who are willing to help.

Jennifer Krawczyk, Applied Science (Aug), Are high school students in Maine learning about Climate Change?

My project is based on my belief that to make a difference in climate change we need to educate our youth. My poster focuses on what high school students are currently learning about climate change. For this project I consider these specific research questions: On what aspects of climate change is the education being focused? What barriers are teachers facing to teaching climate science?  Are young people open to this subject regardless of what side they are on?  Is it difficult to teach the science of this subject without politics? I am focusing on schools in Maine and science teachers at high schools in varying communities.


Session II: 10:45 to 11:45

Session 2A: Katz 53 (Augusta) and Lewiston Hall 118 (Bangor)

Community Gardening and Campus Water Issues

Moderator: Assistant Professor of Psychology, Kati Corlew (Bang)

Jeremy Tanis, Social Science (Bang), Climate Change + Community Action/Engagement = Solutions

Research suggests there are many potential benefits of community gardens.  I will demonstrate the many different forms this can take, be it from sustainable gardening practices having minimal impact on surrounding environments, environmental remediation practices, building community relationships and making connections, providing fresh produce for said community, also using them as a medium for education about the many issues having a negative impact on our world.  There are other benefits of community gardens to expand on as well, such as the therapeutic potential as it may relate to recovery from substance abuse, also reducing the rate of recidivism in juvenile offenders.

 Also, students in Dr. James Cook and Dr. Kati Corlew’s SSC 334 Cultivating Community: The Garden Seminar course in Spring 2017 will discuss their projects and actions in developing the Bangor community garden. Students will describe their projects and project goals organizing both the physical space and the community of people of the Bangor community garden.

Sarah Coughlin, Biology (Aug), Water Fountain Project

Supplying clean drinking water to students, faculty, and staff is of utmost importance and often overlooked. Currently, most drinking fountains at UMA do not work and the ones that do are faulty. The probability of the working fountains being contaminated with toxic minerals, viruses, and pathogens is high. Without a proper source for drinking water, campus affiliated individuals are more likely to buy their water out of machines which is a waste of money and material resources (i.e., plastic and paper). Kayla Hutchins, a student I am working with on this project, recently proposed a replacement in the water fountains at UMA. We will share our research and challenges and discuss the possibility of getting a viable, clean, and green source of water for our campus. Eric Wilson, the founder and owner of The Water Doctors Corporation, will be on hand to answer questions anyone may have about the importance of clean water. The Water Doctors LLC is a local business that is dedicated to solving water problems using a unique interactive and educational approach.


Session 2B: Katz 40 (Augusta) and Lewiston Hall 119 (Bangor)

 UMA photoCUBA 2017 Travel Course – Reflections on Cuba

Moderator: Associate Professor of Social Science, Lorien Lake-Corral (Aug)

 David Craig, Information & Library Science (UCBB), Marcia Tyrol, Senior College (Aug), & Alison Weaver, Social Science (URock)

During the Spring 2017 semester, fifteen UMA students are participating in photoCUBA, a six-credit photography and sociology course combining cultural studies and visual sociology with photography and digital media.  Students recently spent seven days in Cuba, learning about the culture, art, and life of the Cuban people in the city of Havana as well as in the rural farmlands of Viñales Valley.  In this panel, students will present their (in-progress) photo books and research projects as well as answer questions about the trip.


12:00 to 1:00

Lunch and open conversation on next year’s theme/posters on display

Discussion about next year’s academic theme of TRUTH with the accompanying book Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction by Jennifer Nagel.


 Session III: 1:15 to 2:15

Session 3A: Katz 53 (Augusta) and Lewiston Hall 118 (Bangor)

Elder Caregiver Study: A Roundtable

Moderator: Professor of Psychology, Ken Elliott (Aug)

Aaminah Aleem (Biology, Aug), Raelene Bouchard (Social Science, Aug), Scott Garbiel (Medical Laboratory Technology, Aug), Jennifer Pratt (Social Science, Aug), Alyssa Rollins (Biology, Aug).

Eldercare needs are changing in Maine due to population aging, caregiver strain, income and poverty, food insecurity, a dwindling workforce, and housing concerns. Informal care-giving, like home and community based services is a critical resource that assists elders  In addition to monetary and transportation assistance, caregivers often provide direct support for activities of daily living (ADLs) including such essential activities as bathing, dressing, medication management, shopping, housework, paying bill and preparing meals.

Little research has been published describing the engagement of college students as caregivers. Previous studies in this area have suggested that students who provide informal care-giving often face difficulties such as lack of time, under-performance in school due to caring, late assignments, attendance, and being afraid to ask for help because of stigmatization.  Anecdotal reports suggest that caregiver involvement impacts not only the care recipient but also the undergraduate students challenged by the many responsibilities of rural, typically non-traditional millennial students. This panel will describe the first phases of a multi-campus, mixed methods (survey and focus group) study whose goals are a) to describe the extent of undergraduate caregiving; and b) to explore the impacts (positive and negative) of those commitments on the students and those they care for. Rural elder care-giving by Maine’s undergraduate students, eldercare engagement, attitudes about eldercare, costs and barriers will be addressed to find a way to strengthen educational pathways for students to become successful eldercare providers that will greatly benefit the state’s economy.

Want to contribute to this ongoing research project? Take the online survey for the Strengthening Higher Education Pathways for Eldercare Providers project!


Session 3B: Katz 40 (Augusta) and Lewiston Hall 119 (Bangor)

Art, Service, and Race: Interdisciplinary Explorations

Moderator: Associate Professor of American Studies, Sarah Hentges (Aug)

Luke Meyers, Art (Aug), Relationship Status: Complicated

My ongoing exploration of the intricate relationship between man and his environment continues to generate questions and responses. To help myself answer some of those questions, I created and installed climate change themed artwork at an Augusta gallery. The three week show concluded with an open forum that saw artists and community members engaged in discussion about what climate change is, how we treat our planet, and ways to change the outlook.

I recognize that climate activism is a global effort, and that the act of creating art is also to participate in a broader discussion. To address this, I’ve researched other artists who have climate change and environment as a central theme of their work, and discovered some important artistic efforts around the world that deserve a wider audience. Some of that information will be used to inform and accompany my work. My presentation includes a short video that documents the creation and discussion of my recent show, as well as three 22″x30″ ink drawings that were used as studies in the process. Written artist statements will accompany these materials.

Jamie Plummer, Biology (Aug), Team PataJe (Haiti 2016)

This presentation will include information and pictures about the BIO 490 trip to Cazale, Haiti from 2016. I will go in depth about the specific Honors Capstone project I did on bringing rehabilitation knowledge to our clinic.

Heather Warner, English (Bang), Drug Policies & Race & the Effects

Through my research I discovered that while the war on drugs has affected every race in America, it has affected African-Americans disproportionately. With mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug crimes African American’s have been placed in a system that bares striking similarities to that of slavery in the 1800’s. The prison population has seen a dramatic increase in the past 25 years directly related to the war on drugs and the policies that followed. In my research paper, I will argue for the decriminalization of drugs and an end to the war on drugs because of these reasons–the over-populated prison system and sentencing policies, corruption among police departments, and how mass incarceration relates to slavery. I plan to conclude with the fact that poor African American’s have never been given a fair shot of succeeding in America, and even though I may not know any solution to the ending of the war on drugs and the decriminalization of drugs, it is something that must be done.

Edward Scott, Applied Science (Aug), What Climate Change Means to Me

  I have authored two poems, both of which have to do with climate change.  On poem, ‘What Climate Change Means to Me’, is just that.  It’s my view of what climate change in our physical world means to me.  My second poem, ‘Great Again’, is about how our Spiritual climate affects me and how i feel about it.  Although both poems differ in context the meaning is still the same.  I see problem within both realms, I bring them to light and offer solutions to fix them. In closing let me just say they will be entertaining, educational and philosophical.  If my writing affects even one person I’ve done my job as a writer.

Session IV: 2:30 to 3:30

Session 4A: Katz 53 (Augusta) and Lewiston Hall 118 (Bangor)

Developmental Psychology Special Topics Projects

Moderator: Assistant Professor of Psychology, Kati Corlew (Bang)

Students from Dr. Corlew’s Spring 2017 PSY 308 Developmental Psychology class will discuss the special topics projects they have been working on throughout the semester. Each student has chosen a topic of interest related to lifespan development, and has explored the topic through multiple avenues of inquiry — peer-reviewed literature review, popular culture critique, and lifespan development reflection. Students will define and describe their topics and expand upon their findings.


Session 4B: Katz 40 (Augusta) and Lewiston Hall 119 (Bangor)

Food Security and Waste

Moderator: Professor of English, Lisa Botshon (Aug)

Alex Miller, Liberal Studies (Aug), Improving Nutrition at Food Banks: A Feasibility Study

This semester, I volunteered at the Sidney Food Bank, a community organization that provides food and household items to qualifying residents of Sidney. This presentation includes my impressions from volunteering there and will have an assessment of how we can help the people relying on the food bank, specifically pertaining to nutrition. I will present the pros and cons, as well as the feasibility of a communal garden to improve access to nutrition. This will include the costs, obstacles, and benefits of creating a communal garden. Both tangible factors like food produced and less quantifiable bonuses such as communal bonding and food education will be explored.

Kathie Rollins, English (Aug), Household Byproducts + Conservation = Climate Solutions

I will use a multimedia presentation and speech to explain the positive effect a singular household can make on our environment. A recurring theme in our Honor 300 class has been how society as a collective or as individuals make positive modifications on Climate Control, it was because of this discussion I decided to feature ways my individual family practices these reforms.  I will include pertinent information on practices which will save individual participants money, achieve a reduction in natural resources and waste, and subsequently will lead to decreased use of fossil fuel, and garbage, while achieving an increase in recycling, composting, sustainable gardening, water filtration, reuse and make your own products. Topics to be addressed at this conference will include guidance on; Home Temperature Regulation, Recycling- Making It Work, Grow Your Own, Kick the Water Bottle, Water Conservation Made Simple, Reuse and Re-gift, and Make Your Own.  I will use the incentive of saving money to interest the individual consumer with the bonus of how these practices will help the planet by their individual conservation.

Jennifer Harvey, Liberal Studies (Aug), Food Waste Reduction

My proposal is a talk on fast food waste with a powerpoint to show some of the research I have found. Fast food is  a part of many of our lives. The type of waste that we think about first is food and that is not where I am concentrating my research. Fast food / food packaging waste is an issue.I would like to present a talk about why this is an issue, what has been done, and how to reduce this waste and include how recycling in some areas could help and has helped  these companies by saving waste costs. Not to mention that if a Fast food company is seen as being “green” consumers feel good about eating at those restaurants which brings in more business.

Bonnie Davis, English (Aug), The KALE Project: Addressing Food Security

The KALE Project (Kallaloo Alternative Learning Experience) is a program in the development stage, designed to bring teens from the U. S. Virgin Islands and Haiti to central Maine to join local students for a summer program focused on food security, which is a social justice issues directly related to climate change.  Addressing this vital issue along with understanding cultural diversity will lead to a better future for the people as well as the planet.  Both students from Maine and the U.S.V.I. will share experiences with their local food movements.  Since the U.S.V.I. and Haiti have a similar climate and culture, they can address issues common to the Caribbean.  The program will show students how to compost, plant, grow food that is either organic or chemical free, and store food with the assistance of master gardeners, local farmers, the University of Maine Extension Service, and the U.S.D.A.  They will also share their cultures, including food and music.  Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, ships its best produce off island while people are starving.  Clear cutting ruined areas previously used for farming.  Heavy rains from hurricanes washed nutrient rich soil into the ocean, causing pollution and depleting seafood.  Poverty is not a comfortable issue to address.  People donate to alleviate poverty, but charity often sets up a system of dependence.  As the ancient African proverb states, “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.


Session 4C: Nottage Library (Bangor), first floor

Works in Progress

Moderator: Associate Professor of English, Gillian Jordan (Bang)

This forum is an opportunity for students to share their current course project drafts and ideas with other members of the campus community. Students who participate in this forum are expected to bring a one-page draft or synopsis of their project to share with a group of 3-5 peers and one faculty discussion leader.  The group discussion will focus on providing substantive feedback that can help each participant move forward on their projects.


Session V: 3:45-5:00

Katz Library (Augusta), first floor

Works in Progress

Moderator: Assistant Professor of English, Elizabeth Powers (Aug)

This forum is an opportunity for students to share their current course project drafts and ideas with other members of the campus community. Students who participate in this forum are expected to bring a one-page draft or synopsis of their project to share with a group of 3-5 peers and one faculty discussion leader.  The group discussion will focus on providing substantive feedback that can help each participant move forward on their project.


Augusta Posters

On display, Katz Library (Aug)

Aaminah Aleem (Biology), Avian Pox Virus in Mosquitoes in Maine

Avian pox (AP) is a viral disease of birds caused by one of the larger viruses of the pox virus family. Occurring naturally in North America, it is a widespread disease found in large numbers of bird families. To date, there is no evidence that it can infect humans. Generally, AP is a slow-developing disease that causes proliferative lesions on the skin of toes, legs, head, and/or mucous membranes of mouth and upper respiratory tract that may result in death. Some strains of avian pox virus (APV) have the ability to infect several species of birds while others appear to be species-specific. APV is usually transmitted from infected bird to uninfected bird, that is susceptible to the specific strain of virus, by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes act as the primary vector of APV, consistently and efficiently transmitting AP to new avian population. Previous studies have demonstrated a close relationship between the prevalence of pox virus infections in birds and seasonal mosquito cycles. In Maine, there are roughly 40 species of mosquitoes, few of which are potential vectors including Aedes vexans, A. japonicus, A. triseriatus, A. canadensis, A. cantator, A. sollicitans, Anopheles punctipennis, Coquillettidia perturbans, Culex pipiens, C. restuans, C. salinarius and Culiseta melanura. In this study, different species of mosquitoes are tested for APV by amplifying a 578-bp fragment of APV from 4b core protein gene after DNA extraction for PCR examination. As AP prevalence ranges from 1-5% in birds, the same range of mosquitoes samples are expected to be APV positive.

Danielle D. Wadsworth (Business Management), A Myth Debunked

After interviewing an aging Mainer, and several other individuals of varying ages regarding their thoughts and experiences with Climate Change, my findings were quite different. My presentation will expose the truth about recycling. In one of my interviews I was told she did not recycle because recycling actually caused more emissions then not recycling. I took this question to my local transfer and recycling center and asked the professionals. During my presentation I will present what the results of my interview and research were via poster.

Jennifer Krawczyk, Applied Science (Aug), Are high school students in Maine learning about Climate Change?

My project is based on my belief that to make a difference in climate change we need to educate our youth. My poster focuses on what high school students are currently learning about climate change. For this project I consider these specific research questions: On what aspects of climate change is the education being focused? What barriers are teachers facing to teaching climate science?  Are young people open to this subject regardless of what side they are on?  Is it difficult to teach the science of this subject without politics? I am focusing on schools in Maine and science teachers at high schools in varying communities.

Online Posters

On display on Facebook and Twitter (#UMASLARC)

Shelly Kearns (Liberal Studies)

Under Pressure – The Effects of Climate Change on Mental Health

How will mental health and well being be affected by climate change? My research this semester is focused on discovering which communities around the world are currently impacted by climate change and what mental health repercussions they are facing. I am curious what factual data has been gathered on climate change in relation to mental health and what is being looked at for possible preventative measures and treatments. I would like to discover how affected individuals are coping with the added stress of climate change and what strategies they may already be utilizing. I will be presenting a poster with current data and an overview of my research findings.

Sarah Sinclair (Liberal Studies)

How Much is Your Change Worth?

This semester I focused my engagement and research project on reassuring people that any change, no matter how small, is still a step in the right direction.  For my engagement project, I organized an online forum as a way for community members to help each other incorporate green changes into their everyday lifestyles.  Through this online community, people can offer ride shares, trade used goods such as books, clothing, and other household items, collaborate on gardening and trading crops, and ask for advice and provide insights into positive changes toward reducing the impacts of climate change. I have applied this engagement project to my research: How much of an impact does carpooling have?  How many people can one garden sustain?  What kind of an impact will switching to a vegetarian diet have on the planet? This PowerPoint presentation will highlight facts and statistics found through my research.

Kelsey San Angelo (Liberal Studies)

Everyday Activities to Combat Climate Change

I would like to do a digital poster on personal/everyday activities we can do to combat climate change on an individual level. This is something that I would like to get better at and I think it is possible by implementing helpful daily routines.

Christeena Lothrop (Applied Science)

Kids, Gardening and Nutrition…Digging a Little Deeper

My engagement project has included my involvement with my children’s classrooms and action with recycling, reducing and reusing. More importantly, both teachers I have been working with on this engagement project have a great interest in all things nature. For the students this means exposure and hands on experience with composting and gardening. I have been assisting the teachers with these lessons and valuable life experiences. My research project focuses on digging a little deeper to get to the root of the what climate change is, how it has affected agriculture, why people (especially our younger generations) and how we as a community can work toward mitigating such effects. This presentation will consider my work this semester–engaging with children’s classrooms and researching food and nutrition.

Cameron Arcidi (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Political Partisanship and the Climate Change Question

If we as Americans are one thing, we are divided. Any minor disagreement results in half of the nation raising their elephant banners while the other half raises their banner of the donkey; the resulting factions take no prisoners in this war. We as a nation have lost the art of compromise and the question of climate change is not exempt. In this presentation, I take a look at various individuals in different socioeconomic classes and get their insight into climate change as well as their political label if they indeed embrace one. Is there any correlation? Is there any room for compromise? Just how divided are we?

Michaela Kavanah-Koehn (Biology)

Increased Carbon Emissions and Ocean Acidification

Presentation of research in regards to increased carbon emissions and the effect on ocean acidification. Particular focus will be on the Gulf of Maine, the effect ocean acidification has on marine wildlife as well as the economic impact on local fisherman.

Kenny Hanscom (English)

YA Dystopia in Japanese Animation

Exploring how Kill la Kill presents and perhaps challenges the themes of the YA Dystopian Genre.

Michaela Kavanah-Koehn (Biology)

Prions and Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease: A brief overview

Prions are proteinaceous infectious particles which do not contain genetic material. When the protein is miscoded and folds improperly it can induce other proteins to become defective. Prions are the source of many devastating and fatal neurodegenerative diseases in both humans and animals. This presentation will focus primarily on Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease which is one of the forms that infects humans

Carmen Bragg (Biology)

Mother or Monster Earth?

This video highlights the key points of Climate Changed. I posted this flash-card style video on Facebook and asked friends to comment on either: what they are currently doing to help climate change, what they can do better, or something they learned from the video. This video is intended to bring awareness and get people thinking about the severity of the issue. It puts into perspective and discusses the ever-increasing rate of emissions and the reality at which we face if we don’t take action. It will also touch upon how specific areas are being affected, where most emissions come from, and what kinds of reform are needed to counter climate change.

Andrew Sprague (Applied Science)


I have been assembling an Instagram account consisting of original photography from photographers around the world. These images coupled with captions surrounding aspects of Climate Change are designed to provoke thought and engagement with the subject. The concept follows the project name of think.climate.engage. I’m engaging the globe by utilizing photographers from around the world, captions in multiple languages (English, German, Russian), and using a global presentation platform. This page can be viewed best by smartphones, tablets and/or computers.

Natasha Jordan (Liberal Studies)

Simple and green: Inspiring the next generation!

A powerpoint presentation about how elementary schools can positively impact the environment by teaching children about recycling. What goes in the trash, compost, blue recycle bins

Clynk program for schools. Ditch the back sales and magazine orders full of wrapping paper and earn money for your school by putting cans and bottles into clynk bags and dropping them off at your local school or recycling drop off center. I focus on the aspect of teaching children young and greener more effective ways to fundraise that does not involve waste and food. There’s a fun interactive quiz at the end to inspire soon to be teachers to get kids excited about preserving the planet. Children are the hope of the future and we, as soon to be teachers, need to inspire students to reuse, reduce and recycle.


UMA Student Leadership Conference Program

Friday, April 28 from 5 to 8 pm

Augusta campus

Randall Student Center, Fireplace Lounge


Understand Diversity – Overcome Adversity

April 28th

Dinner: 6 pm (RSVP only)

Travis Hutchins, Masters Student at UMaine,

Views on purpose, power, perspective, and perseverance

Travis is a currently pursuing his master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Maine. During his undergraduate career at the University of Maine he competed  as NCAA  Division 1 level for the Varsity Track and Field Team. As a Scholar athlete, by his Senior year of eligibility he was elected Captain. Ever since his childhood Travis has been deeply curious about what holds people back from reaching their highest potential and actualizing their truest self. Currently Travis has a YouTube channel, Facebook page, and blog, as social media platforms for  promoting his passion of inspiration. Drawing from his academic, athletic, and personal life experiences Travis delivers a genuine and empowering message.

Speaker 7:00 pm

Muhammad “Humza” Khan, USM Student Body President, Unity in Diversity

Humza was originally born in Multan, Punjab, Pakistan and moved to the Unites States when he was 8 years old in 2005. Humza is the first immigrant, person of color, and Muslim Student Body President at the University of Southern Maine. He is a second-year student at USM and studies Finance with minor in Political Science. After graduation, he is planning to attend Law School.

University of Maine at Augusta