Welcome from the President of the Graduate Student Body!

Greetings, and welcome to The University of Maine! Let me be among the first to formally and cordially welcome you to your home for the next several years. You have taken that crucial first step in furthering your education and have made a significant investment in your future! My name is Sam Belknap and, as President of the Graduate Student Government, I represent the interests of all graduate students to the University Administration, officials, faculty, staff and surrounding community.

The Graduate Student Government (known colloquially as the GSG) provides many resources and services for graduate students here at the University of Maine. We are proud of our grants program, allocating funds to graduate students for conference travel and other degree-related expenses. Our signature product, the Graduate Research Exposition (Grad Expo), strives to foster an environment rich in collaboration, where graduate students throughout campus are able to come together and present their research to their colleagues, classmates and the community. The Grad Expo is an excellent opportunity to present your work, learn something new, and to network with other creative and highly motivated graduate students.

Like any other Student Government in the country, we work tirelessly with the University Administration, officials, and various committees to not only best represent the interests of all graduate students, but also advocate for a better campus and graduate school experience, including, but not limited to lower fees, higher stipends, education and social events, health insurance coverage, and a better work environment for graduate studies and innovative research. While each of us come from unique backgrounds and different disciplines, we are all graduate students and we are all UMaine Black Bears! The GSG strives to provide a network addressing issues that impact graduate students here at UMaine, especially during times of transition like we are currently experiencing. Most importantly we hope to pave the way for future graduate students and ensure a bright and successful future for them here at UMaine!

At UMaine you are more than a graduate student, you are also part of a community. As President, and on behalf of the Graduate Student Government, I encourage each and every one of you to become involved on campus and in the community! A simple first step is to represent your degree program as a senator in the GSG.  It truly is a rewarding experience to both represent your Department or Program of Study, as well as your fellow graduate students in the GSG! The experiences and skills you acquire as a senator will help you in both your academic and professional pursuits. Meetings of the Graduate Student Government are held every two weeks and are open to the public! The schedule for the 2014-2015 school year can be found here. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact myself or any other member of the GSG. We are here for you and we would love to hear from you!

Best of luck in your graduate studies, best wishes to you in all your endeavors, and once again, welcome to the University of Maine! You truly are in a great place!

Samuel L. Belknap III

President, Graduate Student Government

Welcome from the Graduate School

The staff of the Graduate School extend their best wishes to all University of Maine graduate students for the upcoming academic year. Please drop by and visit us; we are located on the ground-level of Stodder Hall.

Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School

Carol Kim – (207) 581-1506

Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies

David Neivandt – (207) 581-2288

Assistant Vice President for Graduate Studies and Senior Associate Dean

Scott Delcourt – (207) 581-3291

Graduate School Staff and Responsibilities

Administrative Support Specialists

Lauren Dupee – (207) 581-4217

  • Tentative thesis review
  • Website updates
  • Financial accounts manager
  • Final thesis review
  • Tentative thesis review
  • Completion of graduate degree requirements
  • Fellowship appointments

Gail Mahan – (207) 581-3291

  • Meeting scheduling (Dean, Associate Dean)
  • Office Reception
  • Short-term housing contact
  • Conference room reservations
Academic Records Specialist CL1

Debbi Clements – (207) 581-3221

  • Graduate School correspondence (i.e. admission letters, committee appointment letters, etc.)
  • Meeting scheduling (Associate Dean)
  • Process Programs of Study
  • Maintains graduate student information databases
  • Graduate Faculty appointments (ROQ’s)
  • Evaluation of graduate transfer credits
  • Financial documentation for international students
  • Office manager/student employee supervisor
  • Reviews Part-Time Temporary Faculty & Overload Teaching Agreements (for graduate courses)
  • Staff assistant for the Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies Master of Arts programs
Assistant Director of Graduate Enrollment Management Services

Jamie Ballinger – (207) 581-1623

  • Recruitment contact for graduate professional programs
  • Graduate enrollment management strategy
Administrative Specialist CL1

Dianne Knight – (207) 581-3219

  • Office reception
  • Graduate non-degree applications
  • Graduate student registration
  • Course add/drop
  • Retro‐active course enrollement
  • Financial adjustments
Data Management Technician CL2

Jessica Ouellette – (207) 581-3220

  • Processing of graduate student applications/credentials
  • Updating application checklists in MaineStreet
  • Maintenance of applications in MaineStreet
  • Correspond with departments regarding students’ applications
  • Back-up for student registration
  • ImageNow/WebNow contact
  • Graduate School Catalog editor
  • Graduate Assistant/Fellowship appointments
  • Health insurance enrollment & Tuition waivers
Administrative Specialist CL2

Crystal Burgess – (207) 581-3223

  • Graduate School surveys/requests for data
  • Website maintenance
  • MaineStreet Reporting
  • Back-up for Data Management Technician
  • ImageNow/WebNow contact
  • Tentative thesis review
  • Short-term Housing Contact
  • Stodder On-Campus Grad Housing Coordinator
Administrative Clerk

Open position – (207) 581-3291

  • Office reception
Faculty in Residence

Yung-Wei Dennis Lin – (207) 581-2226

  • Student activities/workshops
Graduate Assistant

Katie Delcourt – (207) 581-3291

  • Student Recruitment/admission marketing
  • Special projects for the Grad School Office
Graduate Assistant

Meg Swanson – (207) 581-3291

  • Student Recruitment/admission marketing
  • Special projects for the Grad School Office
Graduate Assistant

Mikala Thompson – (207) 581-3291

  • Student Recruitment/admission marketing
  • Special projects for the Grad School Office
Graduate Assistant

Fuoad Saliou-Sulley

  • Community Coordinator for Stodder Hall
  • Graduate Center Coordinator