Jun 16, 2024  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Research Resources

The discovery, synthesis, and dissemination of knowledge are the goals of graduate level study. The University provides varied sources of organized research and learning opportunities through which students are introduced to the concepts of independent thinking in order to reach these goals.

In the past few years, funding for sponsored research, teaching, and public service activities of the faculty has been approximately $50 million per year. These activities include research in areas as diverse as Forestry and the Environment, Marine Sciences, STEM Education, Climate Change, Advanced Materials for Infrastructure and Energy, College of Engineering, Honors College, Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, Northeastern Americas: Humanities Research and Education, Data Science and Engineering, Sustainability Solutions and Technologies, Aging Research, and Finance Education. 



The University Libraries.  The Raymond H. Fogler Library, http://library.umaine.edu/, Maine’s largest research library, owns 3.6 million print volumes, including government documents, as well as 1.6 million microforms. The library provides access to more than 615,000 e-books, 104,000 online serials, 380 online databases, and 154,000 media titles. Fogler Library is the regional depository for federal government publications and an official depository for Canadian federal and Maine state government publications. The library is also the designated State Research Library for Business, Science, and Technology, and is the only Patent and Trademark Resource Center in Maine. A small collection of Fogler Library material focused on marine sciences is located at the Darling Marine Center, in Walpole, Maine.

Through URSUS, the online union catalog of the University of Maine System libraries and other participating libraries - the Maine State Library, the Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, and the Bangor Public Library - faculty and students have access to more than two million volumes. URSUS indexes the majority of the print and non-print materials for the libraries, including books, serials, microforms, sound recordings, maps, government documents and other audiovisual formats. In addition to a bibliographic description of each item, URSUS provides location and status information. Fogler Library also participates in the MaineCat statewide catalog, which indexes holdings from numerous library collections in the state.
Students and faculty may borrow books from other University of Maine System campus libraries and also libraries around the state, using the online request functions in the URSUS and MaineCat catalogs. Other materials may be requested from the library’s Interlibrary Loan Department, which provides desktop delivery for many requests.

Fogler Library provides access to electronic resources available to the university community, including full text databases, indexes, electronic reserves, electronic journals, electronic books, websites, and other material selected or created by librarians. The library also provides for online reference service through Ask-a-Librarian at http://library.umaine.edu/refchat.htm and also allows patrons to view their own record and renew their books through URSUS at http://ursus.maine.edu/patroninfo/.

Reference Services is the contact point for general reference assistance, and conducts instruction in the social sciences, humanities, and sciences. Individual research assistance is available by appointment. The department is also the service point for Federal and Canadian documents.

Special Collections maintains an extensive collection of published bibliographical, historical, and descriptive works on Maine, as well as literary titles by Maine authors. These books, pamphlets, and state documents provide extensive important insights into Maine cities, towns, counties, people, and institutions. A substantial body of manuscript and other original source materials complements them. The department also houses rare books and University of Maine publications and records. Since 1998 it has been the home of the William S. Cohen Archives.

Please use the library’s web site http://library.umaine.edu/ to access URSUS, online resources, DigitalCommons@UMaine, and other collections. The site also gives detailed information on library services, subject guides to research, departments, collections, hours, and contacts. The general telephone number for the library is 207-581-1666. Please call 581-1664 for library hours.


The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has broad responsibilities for fostering and encouraging research and other scholarly activities throughout the campus. The office provides support services to faculty and staff seeking extramural funding for research, teaching, or public service projects, and to those who direct extramurally funded projects. On behalf of the University, the office oversees the submission of proposals and shares with the Principal Investigator or Project Director responsibility for the management of grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.


The Office of the Vice President for Research provides administrative oversight for the research compliance committees (i.e., human subjects, animal welfare, and biosafety) and the Faculty Research Funds Program. It is also responsible for developing policies for research and related activities, including administrative oversight for: 14 research units; the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; Maine EPSCoR; and the Grant Development Office. The Vice President for Research is the University designated Scientific Misconduct Officer and monitors financial conflict of interests in externally funded research.


Information Technologies Services. 

A service of the University of Maine System, Information Technology Services maintains an integrated program of information systems, technologies and services for UMS.  ITS provides technology and infrastructure support services for academic, research and administrative computing, distance education, intercampus communication services, telecommunications, telephony, and Internet services, network and systems services, and security to all System campuses, centers and sites. To learn more about Information Technology Services, see http://www.maine.edu/systems/its.

Information Technologies provides high quality technological resources for use in the teaching/learning/research environment, including telecommunications, networking resources, computing services, and support and training to all members of the academic and administrative community.

Information Technologies’ main office is on the second floor of the Telecom Building (attached to Neville Hall), but many of its services are in the other buildings on the campus. Visit our web page at: www.umaine.edu/it/

See our list of services below:

The IT Help Center (17 Shibles Hall) provides telephone, walk-in, chat and email assistance for the FirstClass email/conferencing system, UMaineNet (residence hall network), UMS accounts (PeopleSoft, Wireless access, BlackBoard), software applications and all operating systems. The Help Center is an excellent resource for the detection and removal of computer viruses and malware and for assistance with data backup. The Help Center provides free remote support for software configuration problems, software installations, network connectivity and UMaineNet setup. On site support is available for a fee. Phone (207) 581-2506 or email help_center@umit.maine.edu. Visit our website at http://www.umaine.edu/it/helpcenter.

Public Computer Clusters - Mac’s and PC’s are available in the computer cluster in the basement of the Memorial Union 24 hours a day. The library has PC’s available for use during normal operating hours. Laser printing is available in both locations. Faculty, staff, and students are granted $16.00 in free print funds on your Mainecard per semester for use in the public computer clusters. Instructions for printing from a non-cluster machine are available on our IT website at http://www.umaine.edu/it/helpcenter/printingwireless.php.

Collaborative Media Lab - The CML was designed to provide space specifically for high end graphic, video and audio production for the University of Maine community. This lab contains some of the best equipment and programs needed for Multimedia, Web and Graphic Design. A conference room equipped with teleconferencing capability is available. Printing services include an HP Banner 5500ps color laser jet printer, used for large format printing in color (posters and presentations), in addition to an HP Color Laserjet 5550DN color printer. Please visit the CML website at http://www.umaine.edu/it/helpcenter/cml/ or call 581-4641 for more information or reservations.

UMaineNet provides students living in all UMaine residence halls with high-speed Internet connection. For information and/or assistance, phone (207) 581-2506 or email help_center@umit.maine.edu

FirstClass is UMaine’s communications system which provides our users with the ability to effectively communicate and share valuable resources and information via email, conferencing (public, private or courses), directories, individual and shared calendars and online chats. Users also have the ability to build their own web pages, whether personal or course related, and to share documents and files. For information and/or assistance, phone (207) 581-2506 or email help_center@umit.maine.edu.

Computer Connection, Inside the Bookstore - Memorial Union, is a store for The University of Maine community offering personal computers, printers, computer peripherals, iPods, iPads, digital cameras, memory, supplies and software (including student licenses) at discounted educational prices. More technology products are available through our web page at http://www.umaine.edu/computerconnection or visit our showroom in the Bookstore in the Memorial Union. Phone (207) 581-2580 or (800) 261-5543 for a general catalog or for information about financing. You can also reach us by email at computerconnection@umit.maine.edu.

The Faculty Development Center provides instructors, including teaching graduate students, with the highest level of technical support and access to state-of-the-art technology at no charge. We help create multimedia projects and teach relevant software by providing a wide area of support that ranges from individual consulting to regularly scheduled group workshops. We also establish a liaison between faculty and networking or other technology administrators. The Faculty Development Center is fully equipped with the latest in multimedia technology to assist in all your needs. Faculty technology stipends and other incentives are available on a regular basis to faculty members. We are open weekdays 8:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m. Contact us at (207) 581-1925 or stop by 149 Memorial Union. Also, visit our web site at http://www.umaine.edu/fdc/.

Instructional Workshops are offered in a hands-on computer classroom using Microsoft Office on Windows 7 computers. Schedules and registration information are posted at our website, http://umaine.edu/it/ . We support faculty and graduate assistants in integrating Personal Response Systems (PRS, or “clickers”) into their curriculum. Faculty Development Center, IT, also provides test scoring services, using an optical scanner to collect data from test sheets, evaluation forms and surveys. We generate reports on the data collected, and we will supply the raw data, if desired. Workshops are also announced in the Provost/Acad Staff folder on FirstClass. For additional information, email andrei@umit.maine.edu.

Phone Service - Each residence hall room is equipped with a working telephone jack. However, students must provide their own touch-tone phone. Students living in the residence halls also have access to voice mail.

Video Services, Room 220 Alumni Hall- Provides use of a television studio and production suite for programming on the campus cable student access channel. Media duplication services with equipment for DVD, VCD, CD, VHS, S-VHS, and mini-DV formats. We also provide conversion of PAL and SECAM VHS tapes. New services include installation and technical support of room based videoconference systems. For more information call (207) 581-2577.

Media Services, Room 28 Shibles Hall - Provides A.V. equipment (color TV monitors, videotape and DVD players, computer/video projection devices, overhead projectors, slide projectors, and public address systems, etc.) for classroom and department use on the UMaine campus as well as providing support for high-tech classrooms. For a complete list of equipment that can be scheduled, please call (207) 581-2500. 


The Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology (LASST) is an interdisciplinary research unit within The University of Maine comprised of faculty, staff, post-docs, graduate students and undergraduates from the departments of Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy, Chemical & Biological Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering. LASST engages in research, public service, and educational activities providing a focus for training students and carrying out research in high technology areas related to surfaces, interfaces, thin films, and nanotechnology. Research of advanced materials spans the spectrum from basic science to applied technology in areas related to industries both within and outside the State of Maine. Current projects include development of chemical and biological sensors, synthesis of ceramic films and coatings, studies of friction, wear, and lubrication of surfaces, interfaces in composite materials, surface science of paper coatings, surface adhesion of polymers, catalytic reactions, acoustic wave devices, microsystems, MEMS, microelectronic materials, and biomedical devices. The research effort benefits from a full-time support staff of technical and administrative personnel, state-of-the-art instrumentation, and funding from a mix of university, state, federal, and industrial sources. More than thirty five graduate students are carrying out thesis projects at LASST pursuing advanced degrees in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biological Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. LASST awards research assistantships to carry out graduate research and also participates in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program. Well-equipped facilities are available for synthesis, analysis and characterization, and processing of surfaces, interfaces, thin films, sensors, microsystems and electronic devices. These facilities include several instruments including ion beam and plasma-assisted thin film deposition sources, reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS), ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS), Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), low energy electron diffraction (LEED), X-ray diffraction (XRD), ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy (AFM), nanotribometer for friction and wear measurements, pin-on-disk tester, gas chromatograph/mass spectrometry (GCMS), and focused ion beam-scanning electron microscopy. LASST also maintains a class 1,000 clean room for fabrication and testing of sensors, microsystems, MEMS, and microelectronic devices including photolithographic patterning, metallization, etching, and packaging equipment, high temperature furnaces, computer-controlled gas delivery systems, a Hall effect apparatus, and microwave test equipment. For additional information, see http://www.umaine.edu/lasst/.


The Climate Change Institute (CCI) is an interdisciplinary research unit organized to conduct research and graduate education focused on variability of the earth’s climate, ecosystems, and other environmental systems and on the interaction between humans and the natural world. Institute investigations cover the Quaternary Period, a time of numerous glacial/interglacial cycles and abrupt changes in climate, ranging in time from the present to nearly 2 million years ago. Research activities include field, laboratory, and modeling studies that focus on the timing, causes, and mechanisms of natural and anthropogenically forced climate change, and on the effects of past climate changes on the physical, biological, chemical, social, and economic conditions of the earth. CCI research is supported by grants from a variety of sources including the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, W.M. Keck Foundation, Heinz Endowments, an endowment from the Bingham Trust, and private gifts such as the Dan and Betty Churchill Exploration Fund.

To accomplish its goal of better understanding climate change and its impact on humans and ecosystems the Institute includes faculty, staff, and students from the departments of Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, History, and Marine Sciences. Facilities include the Stable-Isotope Laboratory, the ICP-MS laboratory, the W.M. Keck Laser Ice Facility, the Ice Core Microparticle and Tephrochronology Laboratory; the Ion Chromatography and Glaciochemistry Laboratory; the Marine Geology/Geophysics and Geographic Information Systems Laboratory, the Micropaleontology Laboratory, the Laboratory for Paleoecology and Paleohydrology; the Zooarchaeology Laboratory; the Laboratory for Northeastern Prehistory; and the Andean Archeology Laboratory.

Institute research is of international scope and significance, and includes projects in the United States, Antarctica, Asia, Canada, Europe, Greenland, New Zealand, South America, and selected regions of the world’s oceans. The Institute maintains a strong program of international collaboration with a variety of organizations such as: Stockholm University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Government of Nepal’s Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (Nepal), the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Canadian Geological Survey and has a tradition of honorary members including Thor Heyerdahl.

Field, laboratory and modeling aspects of the Institutes research routinely involve graduate and undergraduate students.


The Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions. 

For the last decade, the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions has been a leader in launching and supporting partnerships in which interdisciplinary teams of students and faculty from universities and colleges throughout Maine collaborate with diverse stakeholders to tackle and help find solutions to a wide range of urgent sustainability challenges that directly benefit Maine and other regions. These challenges, which reside at the intersection of environmental, social, and economic issues, include renewable energy, local agriculture, municipal planning, forest management, solid waste, and coastal water quality.  

The field of sustainability science offers unprecedented opportunities for students to experience a truly integrative learning experience. Students participate in collaborative research experiences with interdisciplinary faculty teams and gain a deeper understanding of what it takes for teams to work effectively. All research teams include experts in the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability challenges as well as researchers skilled in linking knowledge with action. This focus on knowledge systems research opens up new connections between researchers and stakeholders to maximize the relevance and potential value of research for decision-making. Building strong stakeholder relationships based on a foundation of mutual respect, open communication, and a belief in the value of diverse ideas and experiences is key to this process. The Mitchell Center’s overall goal is to provide an innovative world-class sustainability science research program focused on research that is stakeholder-engaged, solutions-driven and interdisciplinary.

For additional information on all Mitchell Center programs, please visit our web site at http://www.umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/.


The Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station.

For more than 125 years, the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station has undertaken research for Maine and its people. Originally devoted to research for Maine’s farm community, the Experiment Station is now Maine’s most important center for research in agriculture, forestry and wood products, marine fisheries and aquaculture, wildlife, rural economic development, and tourism. The Experiment Station maintains its offices and principal research laboratories in Orono. Additional research facilities include Aroostook Farm in Presque Isle, Highmoor Farm in Monmouth, Blueberry Hill Farm in Jonesboro, J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center in Old Town and Stillwater, the Lyle E. Littlefield Ornamentals Trial Garden and the Roger Clapp Greenhouses in Orono, and the Dwight B. Demeritt Forest in Old Town and Orono. The off-campus facilities of the Experiment Station provide an essential platform for applied field research that is integrated with research at campus laboratories.

The Experiment Station’s research programs improve the quality of life for Maine people by enhancing the profitability and sustainability of Maine’s natural-resource-based industries and by protecting Maine’s environment and the health of its citizens. Station scientists use cutting-edge tools to address current challenges for Maine’s natural resource-based industry and provide the new knowledge that fuels innovation. Discoveries are translated into new production methods, new pest-management and disease treatments, new value-added products, and new programs to improve the nutrition of Maine citizens.  http://umaine.edu/mafes/


University of Maine Cooperative Extension. 

University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s community presence creates unparalleled opportunities for innovative work-study, internships and assistantships for students. UMaine Extension supports the university’s public education and service role by delivering research-based outreach programs in every county in the state. Based in Orono, 16 county offices, and five farms of the Maine Agricultural and Forest Research Station, UMaine Extension includes almost 200 staff and thousands of volunteers who provide community-based education, with a focus on the Maine food system and 4-H, the most successful out-of-school youth development program in Maine.

UMaine Extension is part of a nationwide system, supported by a three-way partnership among the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the land grant colleges and universities, and county governments. It conveys community issues, needs and opportunities to inform University of Maine research and development. UMaine Extension’s reach is amplified via partnerships with Maine Sea Grant, the Maine Food and Agricultural Center, and the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station.

UMaine Extension engages young people in a variety of roles. Youth ages 5-18 have achieved success and helped UMaine Extension move forward in such diverse areas as communications, Native American connections and 4-H Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program development, working collaboratively with faculty and developing partnerships with community groups. In addition, UMaine Extension has had students work in personnel management, publications, IT support and new media development.

More information is available online (extension.umaine.edu) or by contacting John Rebar, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Executive Director, john.rebar@maine.edu; 207.581.2811.


The Department of Industrial Cooperation. ORED’s Department of Industrial Cooperation (DIC) provides access to the people, skills, equipment, and facilities necessary for problem solving and research and development to more than 150 companies each year in many different industries. DIC helps UMaine achieve its goals of research and public service, while avoiding conflicts of interest with the private sector and ensuring that the University is compensated for private use of its state-supported resources.


The Office of Innovation and Economic Development (OIED) is advancing Maine’s economy by facilitating the creation of new ideas and products through research and development, the growth of new companies, and support for existing companies. We accomplish this mission by: 

  • Helping faculty and staff find and obtain sources of research funding
  • Connecting businesses, research organizations, economic developers and individuals with the expertise and resources of the University of Maine
  • Supporting the commercialization of University of Maine research through intellectual property protection, technology transfer, entrepreneurship training, new venture formation, business incubation, and economic development activities


Advanced Structures and Composites Center.  The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to the development of novel advanced composite materials and technologies.

The UMaine Composites Center has gained national and international reputation from major research and development projects such as: the VolturnUS 1:8, the first grid-connected floating offshore wind turbine in the US and the first in the world made out of concrete and composite materials; inflatable composite arch bridges technology now approved in AASHTO Code; the first Modular Ballistic Protection System (MBPS) approved by the US Army to protect troops in tents from blast and ballistic threats; development of coated wood technology for blast and hurricane resistant wood buildings; and the longest carbon-fiber composite vessel built for the US Navy, MAKO.

Learn more about the UMaine Composites Center at http://www.composites.umaine.edu.

Graduate education is one of the UMaine Composites Center educational highlights. More than 125 graduate students have been affiliated with the UMaine Composites Center since its founding in 1996. While most graduate students have been in civil engineering, forest resources, or wood science, most recently, several have majored in a variety of programs such as economics, international trade and commerce, and business. 

Graduate students gain hands-on experience and professional training in research ethics, industrial safety, supervision and leadership, equipment operation, and ISO 17025 quality management. Graduate students are expected to become full research partners and are encouraged to develop professionally not only in the classroom but also through writing, conference participation, networking with academic and industrial colleagues, and production of intellectual property.  


The Pulp and Paper Foundation.  Supported by private funding from more than 70 companies located in over 40 states as well as several hundred individual donations annually as well as endowment gifts, the $22 million foundation encourages a strong teaching and research program in Chemical Engineering, with a significant undergraduate scholarship program available to qualified students throughout the College of Engineering and the School of Engineering Technology.


The School of Marine Sciences (SMS) is a large unit of the University residing in the College of Natural Sciences Forestry and Agriculture. SMS is the focal home of both graduate and undergraduate academic programs, research, and public service activities related to scientific policy and resource topics of marine and coastal zone environments. At present, approximately 57 faculty are affiliated with SMS including full-time, part-time, and cooperating appointments. SMS, by its very nature, is an interdisciplinary unit dedicated to research, education and public service. Current areas of expertise and research include oceanography, aquaculture, marine biology, marine geology, seafloor ecology, fish and fisheries biology, fish pathology, seaweed biology, marine resource development and policy, and ocean engineering.

The School of Marine Sciences offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of M.S. and Ph.D. in Oceanography, M.S. and Ph.D. in Marine Biology, and M.S. in Marine Policy. An M.S. in Aquaculture may be developed in the near future.

Faculty of SMS provide leadership in research programs with emphasis on the Gulf of Maine, its related coastal zone, and in other cold-water and global systems. SMS faculty are headquartered at both the University’s Orono campus and its coastal marine laboratory campus, the Ira C. Darling Center (see below).

The School also develops and maintains relationships with other marine research institutions within the region. Examples include Maine Maritime Academy, the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Bigelow Laboratory, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, and the Maine Geological Survey.

The Darling Marine Center (DMC), the University’s marine laboratory, is located on the Damariscotta River estuary, approximately 100 miles south of the Orono campus in mid-coast Maine.  Approximately 50 faculty, postdoctoral associates, graduate students, and support staff are in residence at the DMC and conduct research encompassing the disciplines of aquaculture and marine fisheries; biogeochemistry and microbial ecology; remote sensing, phytoplankton ecology, and ocean optics; invertebrate biology and biodiversity; marine archaeology; and marine conservation science and policy. A variety of unique field-oriented undergraduate and graduate courses are offered annually at the DMC including: Semester By the Sea, Summer University, and specialized Ph.D. and professional-level training workshops in biology and the marine and environmental sciences.  The DMC is a full service marine field station with two flowing seawater laboratories equipped with ambient, heated, and chilled seawater for the culture of marine organisms. The laboratories have resident and visitor lab spaces, state-of-the-art instrumentation, and teaching classrooms. A small boat fleet (19’ to 42’) enables researchers to access a wide variety of near and offshore marine and estuarine habitats. Also available are oceanographic sampling gear, SCUBA support, and a marine library, as well as housing, meal service and meeting space for scientific and educational conferences. More information is available at https://dmc.umaine.edu/


The Maine Sea Grant College Program www.seagrant.umaine.edu is a nonprofit program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) based at the University of Maine. This federal-state-university partnership supports marine science research, outreach, and education. In addition to providing graduate research assistantships and a statewide undergraduate scholarship in marine sciences, Sea Grant recruits applicants for a number of NOAA fellowship and scholarship programs, including the National Sea Grant Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, the Coastal Management Fellowship, Graduate Fellowship Programs in Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics, and the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship. Students interested in graduate study in marine-related fields should contact the School of Marine Sciences.


The Lobster Institute, a cooperative program of research, outreach, and education with the lobster industry.  It generates information about the Maine lobster which is used to help conserve and enhance the resource and ensure the continuance of this strong and healthy industry in Maine and adjacent areas including Canada. The Institute works with representatives of the industry to identify problems and help solve them.


The National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) is a research center focusing on a broad spectrum of investigations in geographic information science. NCGIA is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and many other Federal agencies, and is considered one of the world-leading research centers in GI science. The Center welcomes graduate students and long-term visitors interested in pursuing research in any area of geographic information science. . The President of the world-wide leader in GIS software products stressed the importance of this area in the information systems age, highlighting the lack of qualified people, and requesting that “the nation needs a program ten times the size of the one at Orono.”

NCGIA supports graduate research assistants at the Ph.D. and Master’s levels and enables the participation in cutting-edge research projects including geosensor networks, data stream processing, spatial semantics, spatial reasoning, spatial cognition, human computer interactions, and geospatial information policy.


The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture, specializes in programs related to understanding and responsible management of the world’s natural resources. It consists of three departments and eight schools, which offer academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The college offers a diversity of programs taught by a faculty that represents the largest assemblage of scientific expertise in Maine. The college has extensive teaching and research facilities, plus some of the most sophisticated research equipment available. In addition to modern laboratories on the Orono campus, the college maintains field sites throughout the state including Aroostook Farm in Presque Isle, Highmoor Farm in Monmouth, Blueberry Hill Farm in Jonesboro, Rogers Farm in Old Town, Witter Teaching and Research Center in Orono, the Lyle E. Littlefield Ornamentals Trial Garden and the Clapp Greenhouse at Orono, the Demeritt Forest in Orono, the Penobscot Experimental Forest in Bradley, the Shur facility in Crystal, and the Darling Marine Center in Walpole. www.nsfa.umaine.edu


The School of Forest Resources supports an array of research facilities and equipment. Well-equipped laboratories are available for research in physiology, structural microscopy, tissue culture, and tree-ring analysis/dendrochronology. Physiological instrumentation includes a state-of-the-art portable photosynthesis system, programmable growth chambers, spectrophotometer, foliar image analysis system, and sterile transfer hoods. A full range of field instrumentation includes a TDR soil moisture system, water potential meter, hemispheric canopy analyzer, laser plotting system, GPS receivers and base station, and automatic dataloggers with sensors for light, temperature, humidity, wind, etc. Greenhouse space with environmental control is available, and the college has access to computer clusters with statistical analysis and image scanning capabilities.

The School of Forest Resources Forest Products Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility for modern wood science and industrial forest products teaching and research. The 5,500 square foot facility contains equipment for the protection and preservation treatment of wood and biotechnology facilities for fiber processing and bioremediation, including a spectrophotometer, laminar flow hood, centrifuge, and gas chromatograph. Laboratory equipment includes an experimental-size dry kiln for wood drying research and a variety of wood drying and conditioning chambers. A full-sized conditioning room is maintained at standard conditions for testing wood and wood-based materials. The lab is equipped with a 200-ton position controlled hydraulic press, and support for the preparation of laminates and reconstituted board materials. Computer facilities include data acquisition stations, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) devices, image analysis, and Silicon Graphics work stations.

The School of Forest Resources also maintains laboratories for image analysis and information management. The Maine Image Analysis Laboratory is a research facility for the application of satellite remote sensing and geographic information systems to natural resource management. The laboratory maintains facilities for image processing, geographic information analysis and photointerpretation. Research programs focus on the integration of satellite remote sensing and geographic information systems, forest mapping, tropical landcover/land use change analysis, conservation easement monitoring, wildlife habitat analysis, and landscape ecology.


The Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, administratively part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and functionally an integral part of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture, is one of approximately 40 such units across the country. The nationwide Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit program was established in 1935 to meet the growing need for trained wildlife professionals and technical information for natural resource management. It is a cooperative effort of the USGS, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the University of Maine, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Wildlife Management Institute. Maine has one of the oldest such units in the country with the wildlife component established in 1935, fisheries in 1962, and in 1985 the two were combined into the present-day Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

Most of the research projects conducted by the Maine Unit are identified and funded by the major cooperators, such as the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, USGS, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

More information on the MCFWRU and a list of personnel, can be found at: www.coopunits.org/Maine/


The Canadian-American Center.  Founded in 1968, the Canadian-American Center is one of the leading institutes in the United States for studying Canada.  Designated a National Resource Center in Canada by the U.S. Department of Education in 1979, the Center coordinates all Canadian Studies activities at The University of Maine. The Center organizes international conferences, promotes student and faculty exchanges with Canadian universities, coordinates outreach activities in schools and in the community, and supports graduate research on Canadian-American topics.

The principal graduate programs in Canadian Studies are in the Department of Modern Languages, which offers an M.A. in North American French studies, and in the Department of History, which has a Canadian concentration at both the master’s and doctoral levels. Individualized graduate programs are also available in many departments. The Canadian collection at the Fogler Library is outstanding. Holdings include numerous journals, newspapers, the pre-1900 Canadian series, government documents, dissertations, and the Mason Wade collection.

Students interested in graduate study on Canada or a Canadian-related field may write to the Canadian-American Center, 154 College Avenue, or contact Canadian Studies faculty in Anthropology, English, Modern Languages, History, and the Climate Change Institute.


Intensive English Institute (IEI) of The University of Maine is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It prepares international students and non-native speakers of English for university study or for professional activities where English is the medium of communication. Intensive English is offered year-round. Contract courses are also provided. In addition to a full-time course of study, the IEI offers academic advising, cross-cultural counseling, tutorials and self-study opportunities in a variety of content and skill areas. The Institute administers the TOEFL every semester. Students may also participate in the Conversation Partners Program.

Full-time study consists of twenty hours per week. The IEI also offers a TOEFL workshop series for students and a TESOL Certificate Program for Teachers.

Students are charged a set fee for each IEI course. Matriculated students may take a combination of language study courses and degree courses. For more information please contact the IEI by telephone (207) 581-3821, e-mail ieium@umit.maine.edu, or the world wide web www.umaine.edu/iei/.


The Maine Folklife Center is a unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The staff of the center teaches courses through the Anthropology department in folklore and oral history and the director serves on graduate committees. The Center houses the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, a research facility and repository for fully digitized audio recordings, transcripts, and related photographs and manuscript materials relevant to the customs, traditions, and history of Maine and the Maritime Provinces of Canada. Presently it contains nearly 4,000 separate accessions, more than 4,000 hours of recorded interviews, more than 60,000 manuscript pages, and more than 12,000 images. The collection features regional folklore including folksongs of Maine and the Maritimes, traditions of the Maine lumberwoods, Native American legends and beliefs, traditional medicine, women in the Depression and W.W.II, occupational lore, vernacular architecture, coastal and marine occupations and folk arts. Some of these materials are available through Fogler Library’s URSUS and Digital Commons. The Maine Folklife Center publishes the annual monograph, Northeast Folklore, co-produces the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront, occasionally prepares exhibits, and workshops. Undergraduate and graduate work-study students conduct archival work.  Graduate assistantships are sometimes available and internships for credit are available; students should contact the center in January of the year before they want an assistantship. The Center is located in South Stevens and is open by appointment. For further information, email: folklife@maine.edu, telephone 581-1891 or visit our website: www.umaine.edu/folklife.


The National Poetry Foundation is a center for research on modern poetry, in particular modern American poetry. NPF publishes a scholarly journal, Paideuma, which is devoted to scholarship on modernist and postmodernist poetry. NPF also publishes books of poetry and scholarly books devoted to modern poetry. Recent books of poetry have included volumes devoted to the poetry of Helen Adam, Joanne Kyger, Evelyn Scott, Ted Enslin, Armand Schwerner, and Constance Hunting.  NPF also publishes the Modern Poets Series, which consists of substantial volumes of biographical and critical commentary on such poets as Louis Zukofsky, George Oppen, Basil Bunting, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, H.D., T.S. Eliot, Hugh MacDiarmid, Mina Loy, and many others. To date, fifteen volumes have been published in this series, the newest on Ronald Johnson. Graduate students have regularly found opportunities to provide editorial assistance in the development of books in this series. NPF also regularly organizes conferences that bring to UMaine major figures in contemporary poetry and contemporary criticism. Recent conferences have included “The Poetry of the 1980s” (2012). Participants have included Allen Ginsberg, Carl Rakosi, Lewis Simpson, Ruth Stone, Hugh Kenner, Marjorie Perloff, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Joan Retallack, Charles Bernstein, and many other distinguished poets and critics.UMaine graduate students regularly participate in these conferences. For more information, go to the NPF website: http://www.nationalpoetryfoundation.org.


The Department of Psychology. Facilities for experimental and clinical research include laboratories for the study of human and animal behavior, cognition, perception, and emotion. Among departmental research foci are depression and anxiety disorders, peer relations, developmental psychopathology, cognitive aging, and socio-cognitive factors influencing health and well-being. There are rooms designed for observation and audio-visual recording of behavior, as well as electrically shielded rooms for psychophysiological recordings. The department also operates a pre-school (Child Study Center) and psychology clinic (Psychological Services Center) for instructional and research purposes. Through faculty affiliation with Eastern Maine Healthcare, research opportunities are also provided at Eastern Maine Medical Center.

The Psychological Services Center, maintained and administered by the Department of Psychology, has three interrelated functions. It is a community mental health clinic which serves central Maine residents of all ages through the provision of psychotherapy, and psychological assessment on site. Referrals are accepted from area physicians, family members, other mental health agencies/professionals, and from clients themselves. Graduate students in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program serve as clinic staff under direct supervision of licensed psychologists. Facilities for direct observation of treatment and audio-video recording are available. The clinic also provides mental health consultation services to community agencies. These services may involve consultation to agency staff on mental health matters, provision of direct services to individuals served by various agencies, and the provision of workshops and training seminars for residents and staff. The third function of the clinic is to serve as a clinical research facility. From time to time specialized treatment/research programs may be offered to the community free of charge. These programs aim to identify particular client populations and provide new and innovative approaches to the treatment of specific disorders.

The Child Study Center, of the Psychology Department, offers a developmentally-based, individualized curriculum of activities in art, dramatic play, science, language, motor, cognitive and social skills. Children three to five years of age are provided with opportunities to be successful at tasks geared to their own developmental levels. The philosophy of the program involves a developmentally supportive approach to working with young children, with an emphasis on developing social competence in interaction with same-age peers and adults. The Center provides the Psychology department with a naturalistic laboratory for the systematic study of children’s affect, cognition and behavior through research. http://umaine.edu/psychology/child-study-center/


The Child Development Learning Center, in the College of Education and Human Development, offers observational facilities and a setting in which to work with young children. Individuals have an opportunity to be involved in teacher training programs, curriculum development, and research focused on topics related to child and family development. Research may be interdisciplinary with other departments such as Communication Sciences and Disorders and Psychology. Graduate assistantships are available and assistants become part of the Center staff.  The Learning Center is licensed as a nursery school by the State of Maine and is also accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. http://www.umaine.edu/edhd/professionals/katherine-m-durst-child-development-learning-center/


The Madelyn E. and Albert D. Conley Speech Language and Hearing Center, located in Dunn Hall, is a center for clinical education and research as well as a facility for comprehensive state-of-the-art speech, language and hearing services. Both the Speech-Language Clinic and the Audiology Clinic provide services for individuals across the lifespan. The Speech-Language Clinic offers both evaluation and treatment services as well as outreach services to preschools, public/private schools, hospitals and group homes. The Audiology Clinic offers comprehensive services including hearing testing, hearing aid evaluations and hearing aid fittings. Additionally, the Conley Center offers speech therapy telepractice training and speech therapy services to children and adults across Maine and internationally.  This graduate level telepractice training program is one of the first in the country to teach telepractice as a service delivery model to future Speech-Language Pathologists. The training program has three learning components that are guided by ASHA requirements of knowledge and skills in providing speech therapy telepractice clinical services. Graduate students in Communication Sciences and Disorders complete supervised clinical practicum experiences in both Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the Conley Center. Additionally, graduate students complete clinical placements in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and community speech and hearing centers. The Master’s Program at the University of Maine is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.


The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, is a nonpartisan, independent research and public service unit of the University of Maine. Created in 1989, the Center was named to continue the legacy of Senator Margaret Chase Smith who served as a model of civil discourse and integrity. The Policy Center conducts non-partisan, evidence-based research on significant issues facing Maine and the nation and assesses the needs of policymakers, communities, and other stakeholders in Maine and their interest in collaboration.The Policy Center’s mission is to inform public policy processes and societal decision-making through timely research and applied public policy activities focused on critical issues facing Maine and the nation. In the spirit of the Honorable Margaret Chase Smith, we strive to advance a tradition of independent, objective research designed to support effective, transparent, and equitable policy processes.The Policy Center supports a community of researchers across all policy relevant areas of expertise at the University of Maine who advance linkages between research and decision making. We build effective partnerships across diverse institutions in and beyond Maine, create and sustain linkages among policymakers, other key stakeholders and researchers, and provide policy relevant information and objective research findings to decision makers.The Policy Center helps mobilize UMaine’s collective capacity to serve the state by providing professional development opportunities for faculty, staff and students to advance their ability to become more directly involved with societal needs and policy processes, and by engaging students in opportunities to advance their understanding of government and governance.Graduate and undergraduate students from multiple disciplines may become involved in the Policy Center’s activities through coursework, projects, and graduate assistantships. For more information contact the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, 5784 York Complex #4, 581-1648, or website: http://mcspolicycenter.umaine.edu/


The Bureau of Labor Education (BLE)

The Bureau of Labor Education is a department within the University of Maine’s Division of Lifelong Learning. This office conducts educational programs, presentations, courses, and research on labor and policy issues of interest to workers, students, educators, leaders and staff of union organizations, and public policy makers. General topics include employment law, labor history, occupational health and safety, labor relations, labor and the economy, collective bargaining, stewards’ training and leadership development.


The Women’s Resource Center (WRC), located at 102 Fernald Hall, was established in the Fall of 1991 to promote and maintain an inclusive, positive, and supportive climate conducive to women’s personal and professional development at The University of Maine. The Center, which comes under the Division of Lifelong Learning, serves as a resource for individuals and organizations, offering information and referrals for women’s programs and services on and off campus, providing advocacy and collaboration to help women with special needs and concerns, and bringing together women with similar values and goals.

The Women’s Resource Center focuses on educational and economic equity for women and girls, and reproductive rights.

The Women’s Resource Center is the lead organization in Maine for the National Girls Collaborative Project. This program, funded by the National Science Foundation, provides funding and support to girl-serving organizations that encourage girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The WRC employ graduate and undergraduate work-study students and academic interns who contribute to the work of the office as well as develop projects that reflect their interests and skills.

The staff and students of the WRC work closely with the Student Women’s Association, a student run organization that advocates for women’s rights, sponsors educational programs, and provides a positive and supportive environment conducive to personal expression.

The WRC promotes a closer relationship between the women on The University of Maine campus and women in the larger Maine community, reaching out to women’s programs and initiatives and providing support and guidance, including mentoring opportunities with women activists and programs for girls in public school. The Center offers programs, provides meeting space, and promotes within the University community a broader understanding of the diverse experiences of all women.

For additional information, contact the Women’s Resource Center at 102 Fernald Hall, 581-1508.


The Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies is an interdisciplinary research unit that incorporates the principles of universal access, disability as diversity, inclusion, and social justice into a broad range of initiatives related to improving the quality of life for individuals with developmental and other disabilities. CCIDS conducts research, evaluation, and policy analysis in the areas of education and early intervention, child care, health, employment, housing, and other aspects of community living for individuals with disabilities and their families. As Maine’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, CCIDS is part of a national network and collaborates with other universities and research centers throughout the country and internationally to address critical areas in disability-related research, practice, and public policy. Graduate and undergraduate students in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies and other interested students from any discipline may become involved in the Center’s research activities through coursework, independent studies, projects, and graduate assistantships. For additional information, please contact the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, 234 Corbett Hall, Phone (V) 207/581-1084 or 800/203-6957, TTY users call Maine Relay 711, or website: www.ccids.umaine.edu.


The Innovative Media, Research and Commercialization Center (IMRC Center), at Stewart Commons,  is a 15,000+ square foot facility provides comfortable, state of the art prototyping facilities, audio and video production spaces, a resource library, performance and installation spaces, classrooms, and offices. IMRC is outfitted with a variety of tools and equipment, including a full shop, 3D printers and 3D scanner, computer controlled machine tools, a cutting and engraving laser, plastic vacuum former, large format printers, a range of design and production software, electronics workbenches, video and still cameras, audio recording and mixing equipment, and a variety of tools for supporting interactive environments and installations. Visit www.imrccenter.com for more information


The Virtual Environments and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Laboratory is part of the Spatial Informatics program in the School of Computing and Information Science at the University of Maine. The VEMI Lab is a one-of-a-kind research and educational facility with the mission of studying and designing cutting-edge nonvisual and multimodal technologies in order to improve environmental perception, navigation, and information access for blind/visually impaired people, for older adults, or for anybody in need of eyes-free environmental access.  Visit http://www.vemilab.org/ for more information.


Graduate Interdisciplinary Endeavors at The University of Maine
The University of Maine is firmly and deeply committed to the expansion of knowledge and understanding by encouraging various forms of interdisciplinary academic endeavor. Such activities have become the hallmark of academic excellence and a clear indicator of the intellectual vitality of modern institutions of higher learning. The University of Maine accordingly boasts a vibrant array of interdisciplinary activities that provide an exceptionally wide range of opportunities for all members of the University community - undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty members, staff members, administrators - to participate in scholarly undertakings that involve multiple academic disciplines. The following list covers opportunities currently available to graduate students at the University of Maine; other endeavors may be in the planning stages, and the University actively fosters the expansion of this critical aspect of its overall mission of teaching, research, and public service.

I. Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources
Disability Studies (graduate specialization) and certificate
Earth and Climate Sciences
Ecology and Environmental Sciences
Financial Economics
Food and Nutrition Sciences (Ph.D. program)
Forestry (MFY {non-thesis}, M.S., Ph.D.)
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. (various concentrations available, e.g., Engineering in the Natural Sciences)
Intermedia (MFA)
Landscape Horticulture emphasis within the M.S. degree program in Horticulture
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Master of Science in Teaching (concentrations in Physics, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, or Generalist Option)
Plant Science (Ph.D. program; multi-departmental)
Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree
Quaternary and Climate Studies
Marine Policy (M.S.)
Marine Sciences and Marine Policy Dual Degree Program (3 years: with an M.A. in Policy and and M.S. in one of the marine sciences)
Water Resources (graduate specialization)
Women’s Studies (graduate specialization)

II. Other Interdisciplinary Endeavors
Academy of Public Service (joint endeavor of UM Dept. of Public Administration; M.C. Smith Center, and the Muskie Institute of USM)
Advanced Structures and Composites Center
Canadian-American Center
Center for Community Inclusion and Disabilities Studies
Cooperative Extension
Division of Lifelong Learning
Franco-American Center
Climate Change Institute
ITHCRA (Interdisciplinary Training for Health Care for Rural Areas Project)
Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology
Maine Folklife Center
Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy
Pulp and Paper Process Development Center
Research Collaborative on Violence Against Women
Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research
Solar Vehicle Team (College of Engineering)
University of Maine Center on Aging
Wabanaki Center
William Cohen Center for Public Policy and Commerce

Cooperative Research Relationships
The University of Maine maintains active cooperative research relationships, formally and informally, with a variety of institutions and agencies in Maine, the United States and other countries. A partial listing follows:

Augusta Mental Health Institute
Bangor Counseling Center
Bangor Mental Health Institute
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Center for Learning Disabilities
Eastern Maine Medical Center
Huntsman Marine Laboratory, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada
Jackson Laboratory
Maine Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Maine Geological Survey
Maine Medical Center
Maine Municipal Association
Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service
The U.S. Geological Survey
Veterans Administration Hospital, Togus