2015 UMaine Student Research Symposium (USRS) Award Recipients

The UMaine Student Research Symposium (USRS) was open to any undergraduate at the university and featured presentations from 229 students in the form of 92 posters, 16 oral presentations or performances, and 13 exhibits.  Several presentations included multiple student group projects. Awards were given to the top scoring presentations from each of the three presentation styles. 1st place winners were awarded $200.00, 2nd place winners were awarded $150.00, and 3rd place winners were awarded $100.00. CUGR is proud to announce the 2015 Showcase winning projects.

2015 UMaine Student Research Symposium (USRS)  Award Winners

(Student Name, Advisor Name, Academic Program, Project Title)


  • 1st Place: Samuel Gates, Advisor: Nicholas Giudice, SCIS, Multi-Tag Radio Frequency Indication for use in Indoor Positional Tracking Systems.

Oral Presentations:

1st Place:

  • Danielle Walczak, Advisor: Melissa Ladenheim, Honors College, Forward, Not Back: Young people’s search for farming and community in Maine

2nd Place:

  • Vincent Digiovanni, Advisor: Matthew Brichacek, Chemistry, Chemical degradation and functionalization of Acarbose for the creation and study of novel alpha amylase inhibitors related to the Acarviostatin family of natural products


1st Place: Eliza Kane , Advisor: Alice Kelley , Earth Science , The Geochemistry and Historical Ecology of a Burnt Mississippian House at the Lawrenz Gun Club Site in the Central Illinois River Valley.

2nd Place

  • Kai Hermansen , Abbie Gray, Evan Nadeau, Viktoria Staples, Roger Brasslett , Advisor: Elizabeth Bicknell , School of Nursing , Exercise Education at Brewer High School Health Class

3rd Place

  • Jacob Posik, Cameron Marcotte, Jacob Hatch, Harold Trey Stewart III, Adam Thibodeau, Robert Glover, Political Science,Confronting The Challenges of Studentification in Residential Orono Neighborhoods


The Center for Undergraduate Research is a member of the national Council on Undergraduate Research.

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