UMF celebrates university-wide spring Symposium, April 25

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FARMINGTON, ME (April 20, 2018) — The University of Maine at Farmington’s university-wide, day-long, spring Symposium is taking place Wednesday, April 25, 2018, and invites campus and community members to enjoy the depth and breadth of academic research and creative work by students from every corner of the university.

It begins at 9 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

This year’s Symposium has close to 300 student presenters, mentored by nearly 50 faculty sponsors. These student research projects and original creative works are, “the product of hard work, inventiveness, financial support and deep commitment,” observed Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president.

“Congratulations to all those who contribute to this unique day on our campus,” said Eric C. Brown, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Presentations will take place at multiple venues throughout the UMF campus and will include talks, poster sessions, readings, installations and performances.

Symposium presentations include the following, and much more:

  • “Microbrew Culture in the State of Maine”
  • “Intergrating Virtual Reality into the Elementary Science Classroom”
  • “Service Animals: Use and Controversy”
  • “Exploring Multiplayer Game Design”
  • “Environmental Impacts of Winter Recreation”
  • “Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’; Proto Sci-Fi?”
  • “The Value of Intergenerational Classrooms”
  • “Sea Level Rise in Maine”
  • “Farmington, Maine: Stories and History Told by Its People”
  • “What is the Value of an Internship”

Highlighted among these are special presentations by UMF 2017-18 Trustee Professor Jonathan Cohen on “The Music of Nietzsche’s Life” at 11:40 a.m. in Lincoln Auditorium in the Roberts Learning Center, and Libra Professor Christos Teazis on “New Turkey: Towards a New Islam” at 7 p.m. in room 101 of the Fusion Center (formerly UMF Computer Center.)

Student shares results of his research with campus and community members at earlier UMF Symposium.Also spotlighted is the work of the 2017-2018 Michael D. Wilson Fellows and Scholars. The competitive Wilson Research Program helps top UMF student scholars, supported one-on-one by faculty mentors, pursue original, high-level undergraduate research projects. This year’s awardees include 2 year-long fellows and 18 single-semester scholars. Their original research projects will be presented in Lincoln Auditorium and the North Dining Hall in the Olsen Student Center throughout the day.

The Michael D. Wilson Symposium is organized by the UMF Culture Committee. A link to the full schedule of Michael D. Wilson Symposium and Arts Nights events that run from April 23-27 can be found at:

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Photo Caption: Student shares results of his research with campus and community members at earlier UMF Symposium.

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