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

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Email: gsgsecretaryATgmailDOTcom

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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

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Email: gsgopdofficerATgmailDOTcom

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Board of Trustees Representative Kimberley Rain Miner

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