Awards

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Awards to be presented for the 2015 Graduate Student Exposition are outlined below.

You will find on this page all the information you need about eligibility for each award presented at the 2015 Grad Expo. All presenter are automatically considered for the Graduate Student Government Awards. For all additional awards, please send the material in support of your application to umainegsggradexpoATgmailDOTcom

The deadline to submit your application for additional awards is due Friday, March 20th @ 4:00 pm

  • The Graduate Student Government Awards:

As sponsor of the Grad Expo, the GSG gives three awards in each Presentation Division. These awards are given based on the evaluations of the faculty and outside judges and are based on academic worthiness, excellence of the presentation and overall skill of the student in making their work understandable to a wide audience. The awards are $500 for first place, $250 for second and $100 for third.

  • President’s Research Impact Award:

The President’s Research Impact Award is given to the graduate student and advisor who best exemplify the University of Maine mission cornerstones of teaching, research and scholarship, and outreach. The $2000 Award will be shared equally between the student and the student’s advisor at the annual Grad Expo Award Ceremony.  Awardees will also receive a special mention at the Graduate Hooding and Recognition Ceremony.

Applicants for the President’s Research Impact Award must be a student presenter at the University of Maine Grad Expo and the student must apply separately to be eligible for the award. Grad Expo submissions are not automatically enrolled. Entries may be submitted in any accepted Grad Expo format (oral, poster, display) but must be accompanied by a 250-300 word statement by the student describing the work’s current or potential teaching, research, scholarship, and/or outreach impact on the quality of life and place in the State of Maine. In addition, the student’s advisor must submit a statement of up to 150 words supporting this impact.

Submissions will be read by an Award Committee comprised of minimum of 3 graduate students and 3 faculty members who will recommend 3 finalists to the President and Cabinet who will then make the final decision.

  • Provost’s Innovative/Creative Teaching Award

Provost Jeffrey Hecker and the Graduate Student Government (GSG) announce a competition, to be judged at GradExpo, for M.S. & PhD candidates who are lead instructors for a course at UMaine and use innovative and creative teaching methods that bring the subject matter to life.

The candidate must:

  1. Be currently enrolled in UMaine through May 2015
  2. Be instructor of record for course
  3. Submit a 250-300 word description of their work in the classroom, including evidence that  students are provided with an innovative and/or creative way to better understand the subject matter
  4. Provide a letter of support from a faculty member familiar with the student’s teaching

All candidates will be required to give a 15 minute presentation at Grad Expo showing their creative/innovative approach that will include a demonstration of the techniques used in the classroom to be considered for the award.  The Provost will designate judges to select the winner.

  • Graduate Dean’s Undergraduate Mentoring Award:

The Graduate Dean’s Undergraduate Mentoring Award is given to the graduate students who have mentored undergraduates in research most successfully. First prize of $600, second prize of $300, and third prize of $150 will be presented at the annual Grad Expo Award Ceremony. Awardees will also receive a special mention at the Graduate Hooding and Recognition Ceremony.

An applicant for the Graduate Dean’s Award must be a student presenter at the University of Maine Grad Expo and the student must apply separately to be eligible for the award. Grad Expo submissions are not automatically enrolled. Entries may be submitted in any accepted Grad Expo format (oral, poster, display) but must be accompanied by a 200-250 word statement by the student describing how s/he mentored the undergraduate student(s) and the role the mentee(s) played in completing the research. In addition, the undergraduate mentee(s) must submit a statement of up to 100 words supporting the successful mentoring and should be included as a co-author. If either statement is not submitted the work will not be judged for the award. Submissions will be read by an Award Committee headed by the Graduate Dean.

  • GSBSE Award in Biomedical Science and Engineering

The Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering awards are given to graduate students whose research projects fall on in one of more of the following areas: Molecular and Cellular Biology: Bioinformatics, Computational Biology & Genomics: Toxicology: Neuroscience: Biomedical Engineering.

The candidate must:

  1. Be currently enrolled in UMaine through May 2015
  2. Submit a 250-300 word description of their research project
  3. Provide a letter of support from a faculty member familiar with the student’s research. The letter should be a letter of recommandation that highlights the impact of the student’s research.

All candidates will be required to give a 15 minute presentation or a poster at the Grad Expo describing their work. The Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering will designate judges to select the winners. The awards will be $200 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place.

  • Climate Change Innovation Award

The Climate Change Institute award is given to graduate students whose research focuses on climate change causes, effects and choices.

The candidate must:

  1. Be currently enrolled in UMaine through May 2015
  2. Submit a 250-300 word description of their research project
  3. Provide a letter of support from a faculty member familiar with the student’s research. The letter should be a letter of recommandation that highlights the impact of the student’s research.

All candidates will be required to give a 15 minute presentation or a poster at Grad Expo describing their work. The Climate Change Institute will designate judges to select the winner. The recipient of the award will  receive $250.

  • Student Life Award

The Division of Student Life award is given to graduate students whose research contributes to improve the lives of students at UMaine or in higher education in general.

The candidate must:

  1. Be currently enrolled in UMaine through May 2015
  2. Submit a 250-300 word description of their research project including evidence that there work has a direct application and contributes to improve the life of students in higher education.
  3. Provide a letter of support from a faculty member familiar with the student’s research. The letter should be a letter of recommandation that highlights the impact of the student’s research.

All candidates will be required to give a 15 minute presentation or a poster at the Grad Expo describing their work. The Dean of Students will designate judges to select the winner. The recipient of the award will receive $200.

  • UMaine Alumni Association Alum Award:

The UMaine Alumni Association Alum Award is given to a graduate student who completed their undergraduate degree at UMaine and is currently enrolled at UMaine through May 2015. The graduate student must be able to present on their current research at the Expo.

An applicant for this award must submit a 250-300 word description of their research. Selected candidates will be required to give a 15 min presentation showing their research at the Expo to be considered for the award. Members of the Alumni Association staff will select the winner.

 

UPDATED March 10th, 2015