Welcome to the University of Maine, located in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation.
UMaine is student-centered and community-engaged, with a foundational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we are so proud to have you join us!
As a graduate student in Black Bear Nation, you are joining a 140-year-plus legacy of scholarship and creativity. Our students have earned Fulbrights, Switzer Fellowships, and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.
You and your peers represent more than 67 countries and your shared scholarship spans 140 programs - from business administration and biomedical engineering to history, horticulture, musical performance, marine science, and more. Your ideas and interests will inform public health, create opportunities for art and innovation, contribute to the greater good, and positively impact economic development in Maine and beyond.
As a former researcher and professor of mathematics, I believe that education is our best hope to improve lives and forge a healthy, sustainable, and equitable future. My hope is that the expertise, experiences, and connections that you gain here will prepare and inspire you to do just that.
I encourage you to get engaged in as many ways as possible. As the state’s only R1 research institution, there are countless opportunities for you to engage in the research happening in our 18 major research centers, or in field sites around the state and world. Our world-class faculty will empower you in your academic pursuits so that your scholarship can lead to new knowledge, deeper understanding, and contributions to the greater good. There are also many ways to enjoy our rich campus culture and the beautiful region of Maine in which you now live, whether you participate in Student Government and intramural sports or prefer time spent exploring local lands and waterways.
There are many ways to shape your experience here, and I welcome your thoughts and ideas on how we can help make your graduate experience even more meaningful, robust, and rewarding. Thank you for choosing to pursue your studies at UMaine! I look forward to learning more about you and your interests soon.