UMF English Majors Win Research Awards

Excerpted from Inside UMF

UMF Announces Fall 2013 Wilson Undergraduate Research Scholars and Fellows

FARMINGTON, ME (December 17, 2013)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce ten Michael D. Wilson Scholars and Fellows for the fall 2013 semester. This competitive undergraduate research award partners top student researchers with expert faculty mentors to help students gain experience, insight and skills in their career interests.


The UMF Wilson Program names student awardees twice-a-year including single-semester scholars and year-long fellows. The fall 2013 awardees include two Wilson Fellows: Christa Bonney, from Rangeley and Simone Thiry, from Berkeley, Calif. The Scholars include: Lauren Breton, from Livermore Falls; John Buys, from Palmyra; Sean Cabaniss, from Vassalboro; Cidney Mayes, from Farmington; Georgia Qualey, from Sherman; Joshua Richardson, from Canton; Ruby Rockwell, from Greenville and Nathan Sylvester, from China Village.

The program provides funding to help underwrite student project expenses. It was established by Michael and Susan Angelides, of Columbia, Conn., in honor of their good friend and UMF alumnus Michael D. Wilson, class of 1976.

Fall 2013 Wilson Scholars:

Lauren Breton – Livermore Falls
A senior with a double major in English and secondary education-English, Breton is examining the impact the genre label “young adult literature” has on readers and its likelihood to be assigned in school. Her faculty sponsors are Sabine Klein, assistant professor of English, and Clarissa Thompson, associate professor of secondary English education.

John Buys – Palmyra
A senior with a double major in secondary education-English and English, Buys is exploring the phenomena of the turn-of-the-century divorce novel and gender identity contextually with archival research in cultural documents. His faculty sponsor is Sabine Klein, assistant professor of English.

Cidney Mayes – Farmington
A senior with a double major in secondary education-English and English, Mayes is combining the study of Jane Austen’s writings and the digital humanities into a curriculum for high school students and teachers. Her faculty sponsor is Misty Krueger, visiting assistant professor of English.


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