2012 UMaine Student Researdh Symposium (USRS) Award Recipients

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  • 1st Place: Patrick Dean & Nicklaus DeBlois, A Study of Photogrammetry and the Virgin Islands National Park Hassle Island Sugar Plantation Ruins (Mentor: Karen Horton)
  • Honorable Mention: Philip Kolmar & Will Hofacker, Under Your Skin with Microsoft Kinect (Mentor: Mike Scott)

Oral Presentations

1st Place:

  • Haley Richardson, Classroom Realities: Traditionally and Alternatively Certified Secondary Science Teachers’ Preparedness to Teach Students with Disabilities (Mentor: John Maddaus)

2nd Place:

  • Breanna Bennett, The Haptotactic Motility of Angiogenic Endothelial Cells (Mentors: Sharon Ashworth, Alireza Sarvestani)
  • Charles Bergeron, Imagining a Better World: A Study of Imagined Intergroup Contact (Mentor: Jordan Labouff)
  • Hanna Bonaiuto, A Study of Dairy Bedding on Prototheca Survival (Mentor: Anne Lichtenwalner)
  • Thomas Leeuw, In situ Measurements of Phytoplankton Fluorescence Using Low Cost Electronics (Emmanuel Boss)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Geoffry Davis, Whole-Mount Fluorescent in situHybridization as a Genetic Tool in the Chloroplast Hosting Mollusc Elysia chlorotica (Mentors: Mary Rumpho, Karen Pelletreau)
  • Heather White, Hybrid Healing: The Process of Integrating Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) into Biomedicine (Mentor: Ann Acheson)


1st Place: Shannon Brown, Salinity Tolerance of the Oyster Mudworm Polydora websteri(Mentor: Paul Rawson)

2nd Place

  • Justin Bollinger, Colleen Buckless, Gabriel Vachon, Paige Miles, Jordan Gagne, A Study of Changes in Gene Expression During Limb Regeneration (Mentor: Keith Hutchison)
  • Brittany Wolfe, Line-specific Susceptibility to Rosoevarius Oyster Disease (ROD) (Mentor: Paul Rawson)

Honorable Mentions:

  • James Fecteau, Pyrolysis Oil Stability: A Study of Polymerization Chemistry in Wood-Based Bio-Oil (Mentor: Brian Frederick)
  • Rafael Garcia, Identification of Fungal Contamination in Maple Syrup (Mentors: Seanna Annis, Beth Calder, Kathryn Hopkins)
  • Joshua Komusin, Event Viewer: iPad Visualization and Exploration of Events (Mentors: Mike Scott, Kate Beard-Tisdale, Larry Latour)
  • Peter Strand & Patrick Ryan, Investigation of the Ross Sea Ice Sheet History Preserved in the Antarctic Dry Valleys (Mentors: Brenda Hall, Alice Kelley)
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