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2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Education

The University


Founded in 1865, the University of Maine is the land-grant university of the State of Maine and shares sea-grant college status with the University of New Hampshire. Located on a 1,100-acre campus adjoining the town of Orono, it is nine miles from Bangor, Maine’s third largest city.
The largest in the state-wide university system, the Orono campus is dynamic and cultural. Enjoying a classic New England setting, the campus offers easy access to both Maine’s urban and rural areas. Last year over 500 students from 70 foreign countries and most American states studied here; nearly 20% of the total enrollment regularly is admitted from other states and nations. Culturally, Orono should appeal to every taste. Guest speakers provide insight into current political, social, and scientific thought. Special programs in the arts abound, including theatre productions, musical offerings, and art exhibits. Intercollegiate athletic events occur throughout the academic year.
The full-time faculty numbers over 700. There are nearly 12,000 students enrolled at The University of Maine. The graduate student population exceeds 2,100.
Graduate study at the University of Maine is focused in academic departments within the following colleges: Business; Education and Human Development; Liberal Arts and Sciences; Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture; and Engineering.


The mission of the Graduate School of the University of Maine is to produce engaged scholars and professionals by promoting excellence in all aspects of the graduate student experience.  The School provides advanced education and professional training through innovative teaching, mentorship, research, and creative activity in established and emerging areas.  This rigorous education prepares students to contribute meaningfully to the advancement of the state of Maine, the nation and the global community. 

Graduate Study and Graduate Life
Graduate work has been available at the University of Maine for many years. The first master’s degree was conferred in 1881; the first doctoral degree in 1960. Since 1923, graduate work has been a separate division of the University. Today the master’s degree is offered in over 75 areas of study and the doctorate in 30 areas.
In addition to coordinating graduate admissions in conjunction with individual graduate programs, the Graduate School has primary responsibility for administering the policies and procedures relating to graduate study. Graduate School policy is made by the Graduate Faculty, acting through its representative body, the Graduate Board.
Graduate work in Maine is concentrated at two of the seven units of The University of Maine system: The flagship campus of The University of Maine, in Orono, and the University of Southern Maine. University of Maine graduate courses are offered on other campuses/centers and via distance education on a program-by-program basis, including the Master of Social Work degree, the cooperative PhD in biological sciences, the PhD in biomedical science, and the PhD in biomedical Engineering. The College of Education and Human Development has outreach centers throughout the State offering a Master of Education degree. The MEd in Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction is also fully available online as are a number of graduate certificate programs (see http://umaineonline.umaine.edu/). The Hutchinson Center in Belfast also offers graduate courses leading to the Master of Business Administration, Master of Social Work, and Master of Education (Instructional Technology and Special Education) degrees as well as various other graduate classes.

Graduate School Office:

The Graduate School’s staff located on the ground level of the Stodder Graduate Center is available to assist graduate students in both academic and personal matters. The staff offers advice concerning admission, registration, degree requirements, thesis format, procedures for changing programs, and the availability of fellowships and scholarships as well as housing information. Students are encouraged to contact this office concerning any matters for which additional information is needed. The Stodder Graduate Center also houses the offices of the Graduate Student Government and a residence hall for single graduate students and graduate student couples (http://www.umaine.edu/graduate/prospectivestudents/housingstudentlife).

Auxiliary Services
Auxiliary Services provides on-campus housing for graduate students in Stodder Hall, and graduate students with families at University Park. A graduate student with a spouse or partner may also apply to live in Stodder Hall. Auxiliary Services also operates UMaine Dining, providing dining services for the entire campus community.

Housing: Stodder Hall is a coed facility that offers continuous housing throughout the year. The majority of the rooms are single occupancy with a limited number of double occupancy rooms. The room and board license covers the academic year. Graduate students may also apply for summer housing. Daily use guest rooms are also available for graduate students who commute. Stodder Hall is smoke-free.

The Graduate School operates a Graduate Center in Stodder Hall to serve all graduate students at the University of Maine. The Center is an intellectual, cultural and social center that offers computing and other academic resources, photocopy equipment, and social space. The Center shares space on the first floor with the offices of the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Government creating a comprehensive support environment for graduate students. Both the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Government offer a number of workshops and activities through the Graduate Center.

Eligibility for Housing:
• Graduate students must be matriculated and enrolled in University of Maine course work. Verification of graduate status will be made by the Graduate School.
• If in compliance with all other requirements, graduate students may remain in the residence hall for up to five continuous years.

Graduate students with families (spouse or partner, and/or children) may apply to live at University Park Family Housing. For more information and an application please call (207) 581-4854 or e-mail: jkosnow@maine.edu or visit our web site at: http://umaine.edu/housing/family-housing/.

UMaine Dining Meal Plan Information: UMaine Dining is pleased to offer our student customers various options to purchase meals that are designed to provide value, flexibility, and convenient spending; along with a variety of professional restaurant facilities, right here on campus! Our friendly staff is dedicated in providing a wide selection of healthy and fresh dining options whether it is a familiar home favorite to gourmet and international cuisine.

A meal plan is required for all on-campus residents (with the exception of the apartment-style housing at DTAV and Patch). Graduate residents and commuter students have a variety of meal plan options. Find out more about on-campus dining at www.umaine.edu/dining.

Contact Information:
Housing Services, 5734 Hilltop, Suite 103, Orono, ME 04469-5734. E-mail: um.housing@maine.edu
UMaine Dining, 5734 Hilltop, Suite 101, Orono, ME 04469-5734. Email: um.dining@maine.edu

Services for Commuter and Non-Traditional Students.  Commuter and Non-Traditional Student Programs (CNTSP) respond to the needs of University’s off-campus students and non-traditional students. (generally 24 or older, assuming responsibilities in addition to studies, such as parent, spouse or partner, family caretaker, or employee, back in school after several years of employment, homemaking, or other activity and /or are veterans of the armed services.)

CNTSP provides students with information about programs and services, as well as personal and academic support and referrals. Knowledgeable staff are available in the Commuter Lounge( 228 Memorial Union) 8AM to 7PM Mon-Fri. Services provided include off-campus housing information, microwave, refrigerator and lockers rentals. Programming includes weekly sessions with campus resources, Lunch ‘n learn series, peer mentors and family friendly events. For additional information, contact the office on the second floor of the Memorial Union by phone at (207) 581-1734 or look at our web page at  http://www.umaine.edu/cntsp/

Veterans Education and Transition Services (V.E.T.S.) provides advocacy, support, resources and programs that serve the needs of the UMaine veteran population. These services include VA certification for both student veterans and veterans’ dependents who are accessing VA educational benefits. The VETS office offers, Veterans Week, Student- Veteran Orientation, M-Project Guides (peer mentors for new student- veterans), Student-Veterans Awareness Panels and a Veterans Lounge. V.E.T.S. is located at 143 Memorial Union. http://www.umaine.edu/veterans

Safety and Environmental Management Department. (SEM) supports UMaine’s mission of advancing learning and discovery through excellence and innovation, research and public service by providing training, guidance, and consultation services on matters related to safety and environmental health.  SEM policies are drafted to foster a safe and healthful campus environment, meet regulatory and operational requirements, and to support the many varied activities of the University.

Annual Basic Safety Training and Annual Department Safety Training is required for all regular and student employees. Classes are offered throughout the semester and training is available online at http://sem.umaine.edu/safety-training/.   Refresher training must be completed on an annual basis. Additional annual area specific training is conducted within each department, laboratory, or operational unit. Specific information may be obtained from the laboratory manager or departmental safety coordinator. Other Safety Training may also be required based on the functions of the work assigned.  If you have any safety or environmental concerns that you cannot resolve at the department level, please contact our office for assistance at 581-4055.


Cutler Health Center (www.umaine.edu/cutler)

To meet the needs of the students at the University of Maine, Cutler Health Center offers comprehensive healthcare to the University campus community. Clinical services at Cutler Health Center are provided by Norumbega Medical Specialists, Ltd, a subsidiary of Eastern Maine Medical Center. Services offered include but are not limited to: general medical care including the treatment of acute medical problems or injuries, chronic illness, immunizations, women’s health issues, contraception, sexual health, fitness, nutrition, smoking cessation, skin cancer screening and many other health promotion programs including consultations performed by local specialists. Cutler Health Center also provides students with an on-site laboratory, massage therapy, and x-ray.

The clinical staff includes physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, consultants, wellness educator, athletic trainer, radiographer, medical assistants, practice schedulers and an insurance verification representative. Cutler Health Center’s practice schedulers provide assistance with access to care by scheduling appointments, coordinating services, and assisting with insurance company authorization for services.

All graduate students, teaching and research assistants are welcome to use the health center for medical care. We also provide services to University of Maine employees and their dependents. Cutler Health Center is a primary care provider with physicians available to take care of your primary care needs. Review Cutler’s website for a biography of providers to help with your primary care provider selection. Please be sure to make contact with your insurance company if you choose to change your primary care provider (PCP) to one of the Cutler Health Center’s providers.

Appointments: We offer appointment-based care Monday - Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Students should arrive at the health center at least 10 to 15 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment to allow adequate time for the check-in process to be completed. An appointment can be requested by calling 207-581-4000. Students are required to register for each appointment at Cutler by providing an up-to-date mailing address, insurance information and emergency contact information.

Walk-in Care: Cutler Health Center has walk-in care hours from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday thru Friday for acute injuries and illness. Walk-in care services are provided based on the order you arrive. You can monitor the daily wait time of the walk-in care services by downloading the Campus SideKick mobile app for both Apple and Android devices at http://umaine.edu/auxservices/app/

Online Appointment Request: Although you can always call to make an appointment, another effective way to request an appointment is through our online service, myCutler Provider Online. Our professional staff continually monitors this service to effectively meet your healthcare requests. Appointment requests are processed prior to office opening in the morning. You may complete a web visit any time of the day or night and we will provide you with recommendations or an appointment on the same day or a day in the near future depending on your web visit. Visit our website www.umaine.edu/cutler or contact our office for additional information or to enroll with myCutler Provider Online.

Appointment Cancellation Policy: (Notify Us in Advance). Students who make an appointment and cannot keep the allotted appointment time have the responsibility to call the Cutler Health Center appointment line at 207-581-4000 or send a secure message via myCutler Provider Online to our office to cancel or reschedule their appointment in advance, 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment time.

Radiology and Laboratory services: Cutler Health Center accepts orders from all Eastern Maine Medical Center affiliated hospitals and physician practices. The order must be from an Eastern Maine Medical Center provider. Orders must provide the diagnosis and specify the phone number and office address of the physician ordering the tests.

Specialty Clinics: The specialty clinic provides campus access to a wide array of professional healthcare services. Orthopedic and podiatry consultations are offered by local physicians for easy student access and convenience. Massage therapy is available during the week for students to ease the muscle tension associated with a busy academic schedule.

Women’s Health Services: Women’s Health Services include annual exams, emergency contraception counseling, screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and infections, pregnancy testing, pregnancy options counseling and referral, breast exams and self-breast exam education, birth control provisions, as well as assessment and treatment of urinary tract infections. For consultation, follow-up, and referral for a variety of women’s concerns including PMS, menopause, colposcopy, biopsy for abnormal pap evaluation call 207-581-4000.

Emergency Services: In an EMERGENCY or you require emergency pre-hospital care; please dial 911 from any phone. The University of Maine operates a state licensed volunteer ambulance service U.V.A.C. (University Volunteer Ambulance Corps). This ambulance service responds to all campus locations and operates mutually with surrounding community emergency services.

Non- Emergency Transportation Support: If it is determined you need to go to a hospital but it is not an emergency, Cutler Health Center provides “free” taxi transport to and from the hospital, urgent care center, specialist referrals and pharmacies; 7 days a week/24 hours a day (see After Hours Services). Contact 581-4000 for more information.

After Hours Service: A health care provider is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Coverage varies for each break so please check the website for details. The medical answering service is available to coordinate taxi transportation to and from the hospital, urgent care center, specialist referrals and pharmacies 7 days a week/24 hours a day. Calling 207-581-4000 when the Health Center is closed activates the service. There is no charge for the taxi service. The costs of all hospital, emergency room, medication, radiology, laboratory, non-health-center physician, and/or other services are the responsibility of the student.


Counseling Center and Touchstone Resources. The University of Maine Counseling Center promotes community-wide Health and Wellness through Prevention and Educational Programs and confidential Counseling and Psychological Services. Staff of the Counseling Center are also available to provide:  Consultation; Training; Career and Academic Counseling; Urgent Care response; and Psychiatric Services. The Counseling Center Staff works together with students, faculty, staff and administrators to create a community environment that fosters academic success, embraces all cultures, promotes social justice, and facilitates personal growth and development. Counseling Services are free to all students taking 6 credits or more. Please call 581-1392 for more information or visit our website at http://www.umaine.edu/counseling.

Career Center.  The Career Center assists graduate students in planning for professional careers. Services available include individual career counseling, career information for exploring options, assistance in identifying potential employers, resume/vita critiques, job search strategy sessions, mock interviews using video equipment, job listings, employer information, and information packets on preparing for an academic job search. Students may access job listings via CareerLink on the Career Center website which gives students immediate access to career services and job listings nationwide. The Health and Legal Professions Program is also part of the Career Center, and students considering law school or professional school in the health professions are encouraged to make an appointment with our Health and Legal Professions Career Specialist. There is no charge to students for these services. The Career Center is located on the third floor of the Memorial Union and is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For further information, call 581-1359 or access our website: www.umaine.edu/career


Peace Corps Recruiting. The University hosts a Peace Corps recruiter on a regular basis who conducts interviews, provides informational sessions, and is available for class presentations. Contact information for the New England Peace Corps recruiter may be obtained by calling the Career Center in the Memorial Union at 581-1359. The Peace Corps offers graduating students the opportunity to make a difference in another part of the world while gaining valuable personal and professional experience. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of fields, including ESL, education, forestry, environmental education, parks & wildlife, and small business development.


Office of International Programs.  The Office of International Programs (OIP) has primary responsibility for coordinating and promoting UMaine international initiatives, exchanges, and programs.  The OIP fosters and supports international education on campus and strives to advance international understanding and global awareness.

The Office of International Programs is responsible for admission of undergraduate international students; establishing and coordinating successful university linkages, exchanges, and study abroad programs for students and faculty; immigration processing and advising; the University’s exchange visitor program; and, international student orientation and support services.  With academic departments, the OIP promotes internationalization of the curriculum and sponsors activities, seminars, and programs to promote international awareness both on campus and in the community.  Fulbright grant materials for faculty and graduate students are available from the OIP.  Services to foreign nationals include immigration, cultural and academic advising, and various social activities including a weekly coffee hour.  There is an active International Student Association and an annual campus-wide “Culturefest”.  The office also provides support to faculty and researchers.

The University of Maine’s Study Abroad Program is located in the Office of International Programs and there are opportunities for graduate students to participate in an international experience.  For more information call 581-1509 or visit OIP in 240 Estabrooke Hall.  

For additional information call 581-2905, e-mail international@maine.edu, or visit www.umaine.edu/international.


The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) coordinates a wide range of accommodations for students with all types of disabilities.  A specific process and procedure is in place to submit documentation of disability and need, obtain accommodation letters for faculty and or accommodations provided directly from DSS.  Accommodation requests are made each semester via communication between the student and DSS.  Complete procedures for obtaining accommodations as well as guidelines for documentation of disability can be found online at www.umaine.edu/disability or by contacting Disability Services, 121 East Annex, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469.  PH: (207) 581-2319, email:  dss@maine.edu


Graduate Student Government. The Graduate Student Government (GSG) continues to nurture a long tradition of graduate students who join together in research, mutual academic concerns, and educational and social activities. The GSG is the delegated governing unit for the graduate student body as pronounced by the University of Maine and the Board of Trustees (BOT). It is administered by an Executive Board of Officers elected each year. The GSG maintains a healthy, professional and working relationship with the University Administration in order to best serve the graduate student community and the University as a whole.  The Graduate Student Government is composed of Senators from various graduate departments and programs within the various colleges of the University of Maine. Dependent upon the particular department and program and the number of graduate students enrolled, each graduate department or program is encouraged to send at least one (1) graduate student to be a voting member of the GSG.  It is the mission of the GSG to support both the academic and non-academic activities of the graduate student body. Keeping with its mission, GSG will continue to perform the following duties: act as a liaison between the University of Maine’s Administration, faculty, staff and graduate students; encourage graduate students’ involvement in GSG activities and University functions; facilitate and encourage educational, professional and research activities of graduate students; disseminate information regarding graduate activities to graduate students, Administration, faculty, staff and the campus community as a whole; represent graduate student interests to the University community, the state of Maine, and national organizations.  The GSG meets every other week to discuss and vote on matters of policy, procedure and budget. These meetings are open to all graduate students. They are invited to not only attend these meetings, but also become more involved on campus and in the community! There are several committees within the GSG that bring together Senators to focus on a specific topic, including, but not limited to health insurance, services, and finance. The GSG has the ability to make a difference in all aspects and levels of the University of Maine, such as influencing University policy decisions, serving on University committees and sponsoring special services to graduate students.

  • Funding for Graduate Students: The primary responsibility of the Graduate Student Government is directed toward the academic concerns of graduate students. This includes grants reviews and awards processes each semester. This year, approximately $77,000 was awarded to graduate students for research, travel, conferences and other degree-related expenses. Since its inception, the GSG has awarded over $1,000,000 in grants. The GSG is able to provide funding for numerous graduate students and plan various social and educational events in most part due to the Graduate Student Activity Fee.
  • Graduate Student Recognition (Hooding) Ceremony: The Graduate Student Government was instrumental in initiating the Graduate Student Recognition (Hooding) Ceremony, which has become an annual event and an integral part of graduate education at the University of Maine.
  • Graduate Research Exposition (Grad Expo): Each spring, the Graduate Student Government puts on the Graduate Research Exposition (Grad Expo) to showcase the best of graduate students’ research efforts and innovation. This year, there were 120 students who competed for almost $13,000 in awards.
  • Clubs and Organizations: The Graduate Student Government also sponsors over 20 clubs and organizations that benefit the graduate student body. If there’s a club or an organization not listed, but that you would like sponsored by the GSG, then think about starting up your own! It’s fun and easy!
  • Health Insurance: We advocate for better health insurance options and coverage for all graduate students, including graduate assistants (GAs), research assistants (RAs), teaching assistants (TAs), and graduate students who are not on assistantships.
  • How to Contact Us: For more information, please email us at umainegsgpresident@gmail.com and visit the GSG website at www2.umaine.edu/gsg. Become a fan of the GSG on Facebook, follow the GSG on Twitter, or stop by Stodder Hall to say hello! We would love to hear from you! We hope to see you soon!

Campus Recreation is a central student service in the Division of Student Life, and offers a wide variety of recreational programming. Open Recreation is available in the state-of-the-art New Balance Student Recreation Center (NBSRC), as well as the Bridge Tennis Courts, Wallace Pool, and Mahaney Dome. Amenities at these facilities include over 140 pieces of weight/cardio equipment, 3 basketball/volleyball courts, 2 racquetball/squash courts, 1 multi-activity court, 2 multi-purpose group exercise studios, competitive lap pool, leisure pool with spa, sauna, and vortex, indoor turf field, indoor track, and eight outdoor lighted tennis courts. The NBSRC offers a wide range of group fitness classes, and many other fitness programs including personal training. Numerous intramural sports are available for men, women and coed. Campus Recreation maintains more than 15 miles of trails in the University’s DeMeritt Forest for hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, and skiing. Outdoor gear such as tents, canoes, kayaks, cross country skis and snowshoes are available for rent at Maine Bound. Sports equipment such as racquets, weight belts, and balls for various sports are available for checkout in the Rec Center. Lockers are available for rental or for complimentary day use. The Maine Bound Adventure Center, located near the Collins Center for the Arts, houses an indoor rock climbing tower and bouldering wall, where students and Campus Recreation members climb for FREE. Maine Bound, which is part of Campus Recreation, offers a wealth of outdoor recreation and education opportunities. Trips, clinics and courses (credit and noncredit) are available in kayaking, canoeing, climbing, backpacking, hiking, camping, snowshoeing, skiing and more. Available to students through their recreation fee, and to faculty/staff and community members under the paid membership plans, Campus Recreation offers a wonderful variety of recreation and fitness choices. For more information, visit the Campus Recreation website http://www.umaine.edu/campusrecreation.


Memorial Union. The Memorial Union is one of the two major student hubs on campus (the New Balance Recreation Center being the other one). Many student support services are located in the Memorial Union. These include the following: University Bookstore and Computer Connection (computer store located in the University Bookstore); the Multicultural Center; the Career Center; the Commuter Lounge, the Student Wellness Resource Center; the Computer Cluster; the Veterans Center; the Transfer Student Center; the Cubby (post office and copy center); the Student Service Center (parking pass, MaineCard, etc.); the University Credit Union and ATMs; the Rainbow Resource Center (LGBTQ support/services); the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism; and the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students Office. In addition to all of these services, the Marketplace (food court) is on the main (2nd floor) of the Union and the Bear’s Den, the campus pub, is also in this part of the building. The Union is a great place to meet and hang out with friends and colleagues. It is also the site of a wonderful variety of events and activities such as the International Student Coffee hour, comedians and musicians, films, lectures and a great many other things. The Maine Campus (student newspaper), WMEB (student radio station), and the Spirit Room (Bananas the Bear Display) are also found in the Memorial Union. The Union is host to many conferences and meetings, and rooms can be reserved by calling (207) 581-1406.

Bookstore/Computer Connection: The University Bookstore is located on the lower level of the Memorial Union and features not only textbooks but all manner of academic supplies, casual reading and special order books, greeting cards and gifts, UMaine paraphernalia, college rings, graduation apparel and announcements, and many convenience items. In addition, the Bookstore can reserve textbooks for students as well as buy back textbooks. Often, book buy back occurs in the residence halls as a convenience for students. The University Bookstore works very hard to keep purchasing textbooks as economical as possible for students. Their prices are very competitive. Contact the Bookstore at 207-581-1700.

The Computer Connection, the University’s computer store, is located within the University Bookstore. This is very handy for students. In addition to iPads, iPods, Macs, PCs, and laptops, the Computer Connection sells software and many other computer accessories. The Computer Connection is a great service and resource to students, and their prices are very comparable to the general market. Contact the Computer Connection at 207-581-2580.

The Cubby: The Cubby is located on the north end of the lower level of the Union and is home to the post office. You can buy stamps, send/receive packages, etc. In fact, all packages deliverable to residence halls come to the Cubby for easy convenient student pick up. The Cubby is also the quick copy center on campus. They do color and black/white copying, binding, and transparencies.

Student Service Center: The Student Service Center is located next to the University Credit Union on the first floor of the Union. Student can get their Maine Cards, replacement Maine Cards, and their parking passes at the Student Service Center. Many other services are also available including notary public, meal plan purchases/changes, and Black Bear Bucks. Contact them at 207-581-2273.

The Division of Student Life. The Division of Student Life provides a network of student-oriented programs and services, which address a variety of student needs. Our services are unique; they are dynamic collaborations of multiple efforts, from leadership programs and ethnic cultural celebrations to volunteer activities, health education opportunities, and outdoor adventure programs. In addition, we provide an appointed liaison from our office committed to serving graduate students’ specific needs. We are here for personal advice, for small and large problems, and for educational life concerns.  For more information or to schedule an appointment with a graduate student advocate, please call 581-1406 or visit us on the website at http://umaine.edu/studentlife/


Collins Center for the Arts.  The Richard R. and Anne A. Collins Center for the Arts includes the Hutchins Concert Hall and Hudson Museum. Nationally and internationally acclaimed musical and theatrical productions, special programs and guest speakers appear throughout the year in this state-of-the-art facility. Past performances have included Yo Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Rudolph Nureyev and company, the New York City Traveling Opera group, chamber music, symphonies, ballets, jazz, folk and country music performers.  For a complete schedule call 207-581-1755 or visit, http://www.collinscenterforthearts.com/index.php


The Hudson Museum. The Hudson Museum, is the gateway for The University of Maine’s students, faculty and staff for exploring and understanding the cultural diversity of our global family. The Museum’s collections features an extraordinary collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts ranging from Olmec to Aztec - The William P. Palmer III Collection, Native American holdings from Maine, the Southwest, Northwest Coast, Arctic, and Plains, as well as collections from Africa, Oceania and Asia. The Museum hosts temporary and permanent exhibit, offers guided tours and gallery programs, lectures, workshops and an annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration. It also offers staff assistance for directed research projects and internships. For further information, please call 581-1901 or visit us on the web at www.umaine.edu/hudsonmuseum.  


Emera Astronomy Center.  The new Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium and Observatory in the Emera Astronomy Center on Rangeley Road opened in 2014 as Maine’s largest and most advanced astronomy facilities of their kind. They were built by the generous contributions of private donors. Intended for the use of students, researchers, and the public they offer programs throughout the year and are a resource of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  Even on cloudy days, audiences in the Planetarium can enjoy a view of the stars and journeys of adventure through space and to the limits of the imagination. Public showings are offered on weekends (free to UMaine students) and private star shows can be arranged for school classes, private groups, and families.

The Jordan Observatory, a small, domed building behind the Emera Astronomy Center houses a state-of-the-art, remote-controlled, 20” reflector telescope system and several smaller instruments that students can use to view to learn about astronomy, conduct research, and enjoy the wonders of the heavens.  Public observing nights are staffed by volunteer and student staff, typically on Friday and Saturday. Interested  visitors can call in advance to check on schedule and weather conditions for the evening.  Astronomy students use the facility for studies on weeknights, and student volunteers operate it on weekends for the general public.

For more information visit the Emera Astronomy Center web site: www.GalaxyMaine.com.


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. The WGS Program began in 1981 as a project designed to improve the quality of education for all students through the inclusion of the experience and ideas of women in courses throughout the University. In addition to continuing this effort, the program now has a new name that represents its expanded focus. Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses, both departmental and interdisciplinary, can enhance any graduate program by increasing students’ understanding of the roles that gender and sexual identity play in everyone’s experiences. A formal interdisciplinary specialization in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is available for both masters and doctoral students. Courses at the 400, 500, and 600 level with the WGS designator and appropriate courses from other departments can be taken by graduate students. The WGS faculty can advise graduate students about appropriate courses for their degree programs and suggest faculty members for their committees. The WGS Program maintains a lending library 101 Fernald Hall. Books, journals, and dvds are available for use by the University community and the wider community as well. Graduate students are also encouraged to attend and participate in a number of other WGS Program activities.  For more information about WGS activities and to receive mailings, please stop by the office in 101 Fernald Hall or call 581-1228. Visit our Web page at www.umaine.edu/wic.