2013 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) Award Recipients

2013 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) List of Abstracts

2013 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) Program

2013 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) Final Stats

The 4th UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS)
was held on April 16, 2013, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, at the Wells Conference Center.

Dr. Ali Abedi, Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR), is pleased to announce the award recipients of the 4th annual UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS) held at the Wells Conference Center on April 16, 2013. The showcase was developed to highlight and encourage undergraduate students’ involvement in faculty-supervised research.

This year, 117 students from 28 academic departments presented their projects in one of three formats: exhibits, posters, or oral presentations and performances. Eight students elected to present exhibits, 77 posters, and 32 oral presentations or performances. Awards were presented in each format for the presentations of the highest quality. Congratulations to all the showcase award recipients.


  • 1st Prize: Coralie Dapice (New Media). Study of Creative Storytelling. Mentor: Joline Blais.
  • Honorable Mention: Carolyn Pugliano (Electrical & Computer Engineering). A Lateral Field Excited Gas Sensor. Mentor: John Vetelino.

Oral presentations:

1st Prize:

  • Jing “Jacky” Deng (Molecular & Biomedical Sciences). Clinical Trial Comparing the Use of Intravenous Tranexamic Acid with Aquamantys Bipolar Sealer for Blood Loss Reduction in Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty. Mentor: Carol Kim.

2nd Prize:

  • Emily Hinkle (Food Science & Human Nutrition). Cooking and varietal effects on potato in vitro bile acid binding capability. Mentor: Mary Camire.

3rd Prize:

  • Valerie Smith (Chemistry). Detection of Aqueous Hg(II) with Infrared Spectroscopy. Mentor: Carl Tripp.

Honorable Mention:

  • Alex Nash (Civil & Environmental Engineering). Green Composites: From Under Foot to Under Hood. Mentor: Douglas Gardner.


  • 1st Prize: Conrad Rier (Physics and Astronomy). Habitability of Exomoons. Mentor: Neil Comins.
  • 2nd Prize: Joshua Jones (Molecular and Biomedical Sciences). Morphogenesis Mediates Candida albicans Dissemination. Mentor: Robert Wheeler.
  • 2nd Prize: Kendra Bird (Anthropology). Specialized Activities in the Middle Woodland Period: An Analysis of Feature 8, Holmes Point West. Mentor: Brian Robinson.
  • 3rd Prize: Lydia Drown, Brett Radosti, and Michelle Landry (Communication Sciences and Disorders). Effects of Mild-to-Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury on Speech in Adolescents. Mentor: Nancy Hall.
  • 3rd Prize: Paige Martin (Psychology). The Effect of Cataract Surgery on Depression and Vision-Related Quality of Life. Mentor: Lira K. Yoon.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Christopher Young (Psychology). The Relationship Between High Behavioral Inhibition and Cortisol Reactivity. Mentor: Lira K. Yoon.
The Center for Undergraduate Research is a member of the national Council on Undergraduate Research.

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