2016 UMaine Student Research Symposium (USRS) Award Recipients

A Special Thank You to the 2016 UMaine Student Research Symposium (USRS) Sponsors!

Office of the Vice President for Research

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

College of Engineering

Axiom Technologies

Dirigo Pines

Jackson Laboratory

Maine Technology Institute

Maine business School

Printing Services

Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering

UMaine Bookstore

Umaine Anthropology Department

(Student Name(s), Faculty Mentor, Project Title, Student Program)


  • 1st Place: Morgan Cates, Advised by: Laura Artesani, `Research and Practicum in Arts Management &Marketing: Managing Producer for School of Performing Arts Fundraiser/University Singers European Tour Coordinator’, Management, MBS

Oral Presentation:

1st Place:

  • Jessica Moore, Brittany Seman, Advised by: Robert Wheeler, `Infection Dynamics Between a Fungal Pathogen and it’s Host’, Biochemistry, Microbiology, NSFA

2nd Place: 

  • James Miller, Magdalena Blaszkiewicz, Caroline Curtis, Raymond Vallejo, Bethany Miles, Brenna Gerchman, Aidan Robichaud, Advised by: Kristy Townsend, `Impact of Dietary Fat Type and Amount on Metabolic Health’, Biology, Minor: Chemistry, CLAS
  • Monique Theriault, Robert Wheeler, `Immune Recognition of Candida albicans in zebrafish’, Microbiology, NSFA


1st Place: Jacob Morris, Advised by: Howard Patterson, `New Methods for Enhanced Optical Memory Data Storage’, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, COE

2nd Place

  • Andrew Hart, Advised by: Robert Gundersen,`Isolation of the enzyme Protein Acyltransferase’, Microbiology, NSFA

3rd Place

  • Allyson Eslin, Advised by: Caroline Noblet, `The Impact of Economic and Psychological Metrics on Political Decision-Making’, Political Science, Psychology, Economics, CLAS
  • Ashley Soucy, Jeanne DuShane, Advised by: Melissa Maginnis, `Defining the Role of Cellular Ca2+ in JCPyV Attachment and Infection’, Biochemistry, Microbiology, NSFA
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