UMF Names Wilson Scholars

UMF Students Receive Wilson Undergraduate Research Awards to Connect Classroom Learning with Real-World Experience

FARMINGTON, ME (April 2, 2012)—Fourteen UMF students were recently named Spring 2012 Michael D. Wilson Research Scholars by the University of Maine at Farmington Undergraduate Research Council. UMF’s selective Wilson program recognizes students for their original academic and creative research projects that help them connect classroom learning with real-world experience.

“Undergraduate research is a valuable educational experience that provides students with skills they can apply in any career path,” said Theodora J. Kalikow, UMF president. “Through this kind of dedicated study, UMF students acquire an in-depth knowledge that helps open doors to continued field experience, further education or pursuing their chosen profession.”

The Spring 2012 Wilson Scholars include: Christy Carle, Fayette, N.C.; Melaine Christensen, Brunswick; Morgan Cousins, Merrimac, Mass.; Natalie Dumont, Skowhegan; Brody Ford, Wells; Kiley Gendron, North Berwick; Alexa Kusmik, Annapolis, Md.; Kenneth Lamb, Scarborough; Libby Newhouse, Pittsfield; Nicole Phillips, Naples; Ben Radville, West Newbury, Mass.; Katherine Steward, Franklin, Mass.; Melanie Strout, Southwest Harbor and Sara Tarbox, Cumberland.

Student researchers in the Wilson program are supported one-on-one by individual faculty mentors who provide them with sponsorship of their application, guidance with proposal development and research methodology, and continuing assistance with pre-professional and post-graduate opportunities.

The Wilson awards provide funding to help underwrite student research project expenses. They are funded by a generous gift from Michael and Susan Angelides, of Stonington, Conn., in honor of their good friend and UMF alumnus Michael D. Wilson, class of 1976, who died shortly after graduating.

Of particular note among Spring 2012 Michael D. Wilson Scholars, English Major Libby Newhouse:

Libby Newhouse – Pittsfield
A senior majoring in English, Newhouse is examining the relationship between chivalry and violence in knighthood within “The Canterbury Tales.” Her faculty sponsor is Eric Brown, UMF associate professor of English.

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