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UMA Student Leadership and Research Conference

University of Maine at Augusta Student Leadership Research Conference April 28 9am-4pm, 5pm-9pm, April 29 9am-3pm

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. Students will also present their work and interact via social media (#UMASLARC).

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 Saturday, April 29th with a speaker and dinner to kick off the conference on Friday, April 28th.

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.

Lunch will be provided on both campus libraries at noon and a keynote speaker in Augusta transitions the Student Research side of the conference to the Student Leadership side, which will offer a variety of speakers and workshops on the topic of Understanding Diversity and Overcoming Adversity.

Link to the Conference registration form

Check back on April 21st for the full conference program!

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.

Saturday: Attend the speakers and workshops on Saturday exploring diversity and adversity, sponsored by the Student Government Association.


April 28, 2017

Student Research Conference, 9 to 4

Katz Library (Augusta); Nottage Library (Bangor); and online (#UMASLARC)

Session 1: 9:30-10:30

A: Refugees and Immigration: Hunger, Violence, and Trauma

B: Talking About Climate Change

Session 2: 10:45-11:45

A: Community Gardening and Campus Water Issues


Lunch and Discussion from 12-1

Session 3: 1:15-2:15

A: Elder Caregiver Study: A Roundtable

B:  Art, Service, and Race: Interdisciplinary Explorations

Session 4: 2:30-3:30

A: Developmental Psychology Special Topics Projects

  1. Food Security and Waste
  2. Works in Progress (Bangor)

Session 5: 3:45-5:00

Works in Progress (Augusta)


Online posters include:

(View posters via this link to Facebook or search Twitter #UMASLARC)


Mother or Monster Earth?

Increased Carbon Emissions and Ocean Acidification

Political Partisanship and the Climate Change Question

Household Byproducts + Conservation = Climate Solutions

Kids, Gardening and Nutrition…Digging a Little Deeper

Everyday Activities to Combat Climate Change

How Much is Your Change Worth?

Under Pressure-The Affects of Climate Change on Mental Health

Avian Pox Virus in Mosquitoes in Maine

A Myth Debunked


April 28 and 29, 2017

Student Leadership Conference, 5 to 9 (Friday) and 9-3 (Saturday)

Randall Student Center (Augusta)

April 28th

Dinner: 6 pm (RSVP only)

Speaker 7:00 pm 

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

April 29th

Registration 8:30-9:00

Introduction 9:00-9:15

Session 1: 9:15-10:00       

Sen. Shenna Bellows, Diversity In Adversity; Bridging Difference to Move Maine Forward

Session 2: 10:15 – 11:15       

Randall Liberty, Maine State Warden, Embracing Cultural Diversity While at War

Session 3: 11:15 – 12:00       

Travis Hutchins, Masters Student at UMaine, Views on purpose, perspective, power, and perseverance

Lunch 12:00 – 12:30       

Session 4: 12:30 – 1:15       

Kate Brennen, Maine Equal Justice Partners, Equal Justice Means Justice for All: Improving the lives of poor and working class people in Maine

Session 5: 1:15 – 2:00   

Diversity Panel

Wrap up / Certificates: 2:00 – 2:30

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