Officers

President Samuel Belknap

Office Hours – By Appointment

Email: umainegsgpresidentATgmailDOTcom

Hometown: Damariscotta, Maine

Degree Program(s): Anthropology and Environmental Policy (PhD)

Year in School: 4th

Future Plans: Working for a State or non-profit organization dealing with climate change and community issues in coastal Maine.

Hobbies/Fun Fact: Spent over 20 years as a Maine lobstermen

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies? UMaine, I’m a Black Bear all the way!

Are you also involved in other clubs/organizations? If so, which one(s)? I was involved in UMaine’s anthropology club, but have stepped aside to dedicate myself to the Graduate Student Government. I am also a member of several academic honors societies (PHI BETTA KAPPA, PHI KAPPA PHI, and LAMDA ALPHA)

Why did you choose to be a part of the GSG? I wanted to become involved in the discussions regarding the future of graduate education at UMaine. The GSG has a strong track record of creating meaningful change at UMaine and I wanted to be part of that moving into the future. The GSG and our involvement with UMaine’s Graduate School enables graduate students from all discipline to have their voices heard and serves as an advocate for those pursuing advanced degrees at UMaine.

What is one goal you have for the GSG? In addition to being an advocate for UMaine’s graduate students, I hope to use my time as GSG president to address issues of declining graduate student enrollment. UMaine is a great institution providing world-class graduate educations. We need to make sure that we continue to attract intelligent, motivated leaders to continue placing UMaine’s mark of the world stage.

 

Vice President Jack McLachlan

Office Hours – By Appointment

Email: jack.mclachlan[at]maine[dot]edu

Hometown: Fort Augustus, Scotland

Degree Program(s): MS Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Year in School: First Year

Future Plans: A research job that lets me ponder conceptual ecology whilst wading through marshes hunting invertebrates.

Hobbies/Fun Fact:  I’m a compulsive nerd with sciolistic tendencies. I like playing banjo, digging my garden, homebrewing, and natural history.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies? I have a BSc. in Ecology and Conservation from University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Are you also involved in other clubs/organizations? If so, which one(s)? I’m involved in an initiative that places undergraduates in research positions in the biological sciences.

Why did you choose to be a part of the GSG? I got involved with the GSG to get different groups talking to each other. The graduate student experience can only be improved through engagement with other members of our campus and local community. I’m also excited about organizing the 2016 Graduate Student Exposition, as it is a great opportunity to create new relationships and research collaborations from beyond your home discipline.

 

Treasurer Sky HellerTresurer

Office Hours: By Appointment

Email: gsgtreasurerATgmailDOTcom

Hometown: Little Marsh, PA

Degree Program(s): Anthropology and Environmental Policy PhD, A2C2 IGERT Fellow

Year in School: 3rd Year PhD.  I also have a MS in Quaternary and Climate Studies from UMaine.

Future Plans: I would like to spend my life gleaning as much information as possible from endangered archaeological sites before they disappear forever.

Hobbies/Fun Fact: I like to quilt, watch football, and play video games.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies? I double-majored in Anthropology and Religious Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Are you also involved in other clubs/organizations? Besides GSG and my IGERT activities, I focus on my research.

Why did you choose to be a part of the GSG? The student government has provided me with a lot during my time here at UMaine, I felt it was time I did something in return.

What is one goal you have for the GSG? I simply want to ensure that we can continue to provide the same fun and services from which I was able to benefit.  GSG provides an invaluable forum for graduate students to take their time at the University of Maine into their own hands and make the most of it.

 

Secretary Piper Black

Office Hours – By Appointment

Email: gsgsecretaryATgmailDOTcom

Hometown: Urbana, Illinois

Degree Program(s): French

Year in School: 2nd year master’s

Future Plans: I hope to get my PhD in French and teach at a college level

Hobbies/Fun Fact: I love to play volleyball and read.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies? I received two bachelor’s degrees (French and journalism) from Eastern Illinois University.

Are you also involved in other clubs/organizations? If so, which one(s)? I’m not currently involved in any other organizations.

Why did you choose to be a part of the GSG? I chose to be a part of the GSG because I believe it’s a great opportunity to get involved on campus in a way that can genuinely make a difference.

What is one goal you have for the GSG? I hope to assist in continuing to provide the fun and support that the has GSG provided for a long time by keeping things organized and helping the student body to gain awareness of events and opportunities available through the GSG.

 

Grants Officer Erin Carter

Office Hours – By Appointment

Emailumaine.gsg.grantsATgmailDOTcom

Hometown: South Berwick, ME

Degree Program(s): Ph.D., Biomedical Science

Year in School: 3rd

Future Plans: I hope to one day teach and conduct research at the college level and work closely with undergraduate students in the biological/biomedical sciences.

Hobbies/Fun Fact: In  my ever-decreasing free time, I am a yogi, hiker, baker, clarinetist. and knitter.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies? I obtained my B.S. in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Microbiology from here at UMaine. This is my seventh year as a Black Bear!

Are you also involved in other clubs/organizations? If so, which one(s)? Currently, I serve as the Orono site coordinator for the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering (GSBSE). Students in my program are located at several research institutions across Maine. I will play a role in organizing the student activities portion of our annual meeting in September.

Why did you choose to be a part of the GSG? I was inspired to become a member of GSG and to take on the Grants Officer position while serving as a grant reader for a recent cycle of GSG grants. I am excited to have the opportunity to interact with graduate students across all disciplines and to give back to the graduate community.

What is one goal you have for the GSG? One of my goals is to encourage more graduate student grant writers to also serve as grant readers. For me, reviewing grants was rewarding and provided insight into how to improve future grant applications, inside and outside of GSG, and I hope other graduate students can have this experience as well.

 

 

Outreach and Professional Development Officers Megan Leach & Nora Theodore

Office Hours – By Appointment 

Email: gsgopdofficerATgmailDOTcom

Megan Leach

Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Degree Program(s): Ecology and Environmental Science

Year in School:  Second

Future Plans: I hope to get a job!  Really though, I like public outreach and spreading the knowledge that I’ve gained to more individuals.  I hope to do more of that in the future as well as continuing in conservation and ecology.

Hobbies/Fun Fact: I like doing anything outside, especially hiking in the fall and anything in the winter.  I also love doing anything with woodworking,  my latest relaxation project has been wood burning and I want to get into wood carving.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies? Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Are you also involved in other clubs/organizations? If so, which one(s)? Not at the moment, but I did play intermural volleyball last winter.

Why did you choose to be a part of the GSG? I wanted to be more involved in my graduate experience and have fun while doing so.  This position allows me to get more involved as well as meet many new people on and off campus.

What is one goal you have for the GSG? Once of my goals is to have more events/workshops that attract and benefit a diverse group of people.  I also hope to get more local businesses involved so there is a stronger relationship between the graduate community and local professionals.

Nora Theodore

Hometown: Arrowsic, Maine

Degree Program(s): Ecology and Environmental Science

Year in School:  Second

Future Plans: I hope to use my experience in the sciences to communicate clearly with the public about the changing climate and inform environmental decisions and policy surrounding water quality and conservation.

Hobbies/Fun Fact: I love to run, hike, bike, do yoga, make granola, kombucha, and kim chi. 

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies? Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA

Are you also involved in other clubs/organizations? If so, which one(s)? Yes, intramural volleyball-it is the BEST. 

Why did you choose to be a part of the GSG? Because I want to bridge the gap between my department and other departments so that all graduate students have opportunities to socialize with others across campus.

What is one goal you have for the GSG? One of my goals for this year is to have students from a diverse set of departments attend events. I also want hold awesome events that gain lots of interest from lots of students!

 

Board of Trustees Representative Kimberley Rain Miner

Office Hours – By Appointment

Email: Kimberley.miner@maine.edu

Hometown: Boulder, Colorado

Degree Program(s): Paleoclimatology PhD, NSF IGERT Fellow

Year in School: 2nd year PhD

Future Plans: Climate Change Risk Management Consulting, Department of Defense

Hobbies/Fun Fact: I have a Black Belt in Kenpo Karate and like to drink whiskey in Western saloons

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies? : University of California at Santa Cruz

Are you also involved in other clubs/organizations? If so, which one(s)? The Explorer’s Club, Foreign Policy Association, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

Why did you choose to be a part of the GSG? I was very excited to be a part of the GSG after participating in awesome activities and events last year. I am also very interested in sharing the voice of the graduate student body during this significant time in UMaine’s history.

What is one goal you have for the GSG? To be a clear communicator and accessible liaison and resource to the graduate student body.