UMA student won First Prize in Best Undergraduate Presentation at the 2022 Maine Sustainability and Water Conference

Greg Spencer, 1st prize winner

Gregory Spencer, a Junior in the Biology program at UMA Augusta campus, recently presented his toxicological research work and won the Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation Award at the annual Maine Sustainability and Water Conference on March 31, 2022, at the Augusta Civic Center.

His research, at the laboratory of Dr. Juyoung Shim, focuses on examining the impact of arsenic in well water on stem cell regenerative capacity and nervous system. Spencer plans to expand his research with Dr. Shim to assess the toxicity of PFAS, “forever chemicals” found in fire-fighting foam. Spencer also serves as a local firefighter.