• Posters

    Effect of Arsenic on the Soil Microbiome in Local Soils

    Presenter(s): Olivia Blackstone, Zoe Stewart

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Judith Roe

    Healthy soil contains a robust microbial community of bacteria and fungus called the microbiome that plays a role in various soil functions. Current levels of arsenic in the soil may be affected by legacy usage of arsenical pesticides, so our BIO112 Laboratory class tested local sites for arsenic levels and then extracted DNA to compare the composition of microbial organisms in the different soil sites with varying levels of arsenic. We found that soils with higher arsenic levels had less DNA. Fungi and Bacteria were identified using PCR and DNA sequencing by CosmosID, Inc. and compared between the different soils.

    LD 118 HP 84 An Act to Address Maine's Shortage of Behavioral Health Services for Minor's

    Presenter(s): Chantel Williams, Shannon Smart

    Faculty Mentor(s): Lori Deschaine

    This presentation is regarding LD 118 An Act to Address Maine's Shortage of Behavioral Health Services for Minors. The bill highlights the data that will be collected by the Department of Health & Human Services from hospitals on the length and reasons for extended stays with minors. Furthermore, DHHS is required to report their findings annually to the joint standing committee with the goal in mind of reducing the overall number of children's length of stay.

    LD 1239 An Act To Mandate Paid Maternity and Parental Leave

    Presenter(s): Marissa Michalka, Laura Giggie, Mitchell Mackenzie

    Faculty Mentor(s): Lori Deschaine

    This poster will discuss information on a piece of legislation in Maine titled LD 1239, An Act to Mandate Paid Maternity and Parental Leave. Paid maternity leave is important to fostering a pro-family system in the United States. The poster will include information on how this piece of legislation impacts Maine families, the pros and cons of the legislation, how this impacts social workers, and the various viewpoints on paid maternity leave.

    New and updated Nordic Heritage Center map for biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing trails

    Presenter(s): Wyatt Braun

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Chunzeng Wang

    New trails for hiking, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing were recently created in the Nordic Heritage Center. Update to the current trail map made 10 years ago was needed. Several trips were made to the Center in fall 2022 and a Trimble GPS was used to map the new trails. The data was then corrected and converted into GIS file format which was added to the current trail database. The updated trail map is used to plan routes and estimate times, and to help navigate through different types of terrain and orientate people to the surrounding environments in the center.

    Union Cemetery Suspected Graves

    Presenter(s): Amy Eskins, Bailey Michelle-LaPlante, James Dobbs, Liam Daniels, Alexander McQuade, Peter Baldwin

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Chunzeng Wang

    Union cemetery is an old cemetery in Fort Fairfield. There are two openings that may have graves unmarked. In this project, we used GPR (ground penetrating radar) to scan and detect the openings and found several suspected graves. GPS and GIS were used to record positions and to make a map to show the entire cemetery and positions of the suspected graves. A DJI drone was used to capture high resolution aerial image that is used as a base map for the cemetery map. This is another great community service project.

    Mylpf regularly light chain function is essential to localize thick filaments to nascent myofibrils

    Presenter(s): Kailee Sprague

    Faculty Mentor(s): Judith Roe

    Illuminating the role of Mylpf protein in sarcomere structure and muscle development using zebrafish models.

    Futures of Families & Children Wellbeing Study: Leveraging Advanced Machine Learning Techniques to Predict Outcomes for Fragile Families

    Presenter(s): Jiarui Wang

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Rafiul Hassan

    Advanced computer science machine learning techniques to predict outcomes for fragile families.

    Detecting unmarked graves in Johnston Cemetery of Fort Fairfield

    Presenter(s): James Dobbs, Alexander McQuade, Peter Baldwin, Bailey-Michelle LaPlante, Liam Daniels, Amy Eskins

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Chunzeng Wang

    GPR (ground penetrating radar) technology was applied to detect possible unmarked old graves in an old cemetery named Johnston Cemetery in Fort Fairfield. A drone was used for high resolution aerial image of the cemetery. The GPR survey reveals several suspected graves. GPS and GIS were also used to record positions of the suspected graves and to make a map showing their positions on a base map which is the drone aerial image. This is a great project of applying advanced geospatial technologies in real-world applications and community service.

    Genetic analysis of regeneration in the annelid worm Lumbriculus variegatus

    Presenter(s): Karoline Dillenbeck

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Judith Roe

    Lumbriculus variegatus, also known as the California blackworm, lives in shallow marshes and feeds on microorganisms and organic material. They have a remarkable ability to split themselves in half and regenerate new body parts. The regeneration timeline showed that the blackworm's regeneration process after being cut in half was complete within a week. The color of the worms (light-colored, dark-colored, and split-colored) was found to correlate with the age of the worm and the head versus the tail end of the worm. The effect of copper sulfate was compared with well water containing high arsenic. Both resulted in a loss of regeneration ability and behavioral responses or death.

    UMPI Exchange

    Presenter(s): Sheng Yan

    Faculty Mentor(s): Mark Royer

    UMPI's used stuff exchange platform. Exchange for something useful, or for honor.

    Greenhouse Club

    Presenter(s): Lindsay Pelletier, Abbie Yarema, Aubrey Sinclair, Cortland Pasquarelli, Laney Anfinson, Noah Hohndro, Wyatt Braun, ole Willette, Yizhou Wu

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Larry Feinstein

    The club will do a poster on greenhouses and food insecurity. A presentation on these topics and the benefits of having access to the Zillman greenhouse throughout education in Agriculture Science.

    Equity for Women in Agriculture

    Presenter(s): Lindsay Pelletier, Abbie Yarema, Aubrey Sinclair, Cortland Pasquarelli, Laney Anfinson, Noah Hohndro, Wyatt Braun, Cole Willette, Yizhou Wu

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Larry Feinstein

    Greenhouse and food insecurity.

  • Session 1

    Fun With Science

    Presenter(s): Paige Espling, Molly McCrossin, Katelyn Osborne, Lexi Parker

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Wendi Malenfant

    Elementary Education majors will demonstrate discrepant events and illustrate how much fun science can be. Discrepant events put students' minds in a state of disequilibrium as they try to figure out what is happening right before their eyes; this makes them wonder “Why?” and creates the perfect conditions for learning about the wonder of science. Join us!

    Beyond a Class

    Presenter(s): Megan Waceken

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Jacqui Lowman

    We all know that there are limits in the world. But we don't have to accept them. There is always a way to go beyond! Driving from Maine to Alaska and back might seem impossible. But with planning, persistence, and a great text group to cheer you on, the possibilities are limitless!

    Dermatology Job Shadow at the Northen Light Hospital

    Presenter(s): Karoilne Dillenbeck

    Faculty Mentor(s): Sarah Bushey

    The Extended Learning Opportunities program helped me to get a job shadow in the dermatology department at Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital. This experience allowed me to sample and explore different paths to Medical school with constant support. Overall, I was very impressed with the variety of procedures I was able to watch during my 4-hours experience at the hospital.  I witnessed consultations, yearly body exams, multiple ways to remove a wart, biopsies, and the removal of precancerous cells/melanomas. I think this is an excellent opportunity for students to explore jobs, build their resumes, and gain experience while getting paid.

    Tori's ELO with Larry Feinstein

    Presenter(s): Victoria Raeihle

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Larry Feinstein, Sarah Bushey

    During this spring semester 2023, I have been given the opportunity to work on campus through an Extended Learning Opportunity. I am currently working in the UMPI Microbiology lab with Larry Feinstein.

    Digital Storytelling for Good Using AI

    Presenter(s): Ryan Sonderman

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Fred Strickland, Sarah Bushey

    How can artificial intelligence be used ethically and responsibly to tell stories and make change in the world? What can be done through the medium of AI generated images?

  • Session 2

    Smashing stereotypes, defying expectations. Examining the social and cultural contexts of African American and Latino students' experiences in today's education.

    Presenter(s): Joelle Hodge, Elijah Smith, David Ellington

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Tomasz Herzog

    The presentation will examine the social and cultural contexts of the educational experiences of African-American and Latino students, and stereotypes and obstacles they face in today's schools.

    Bringing Maine to the White House

    Presenter(s): Mikey Bramble, Mei Chang, Yunlong Li, Fan Mo, Wenjun Teng, Shafil Turzo, Megan Waceken, Yizhou Wu, Sheng Yan, Yunqian Zhan

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Jacqui Lowman

    Join 11 students, one professor, and two service dogs as they roam the streets of Washington, D.C. Can the White House survive this group from Northern Maine?

    Weapons Relinquishment in Protection from Abuse Orders

    Presenter(s): Chris Parent, Maddie Buzza, Gavin Vining, Meaghan Schriver, Parker Rossignol

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Lisa Leduc

    Students in CRJ/SOC 358 - Domestic Violence will present their Service Learning work with the Hope and Justice Project collecting data on PFAs and weapons relinquishment in Aroostook County.

  • Session 3

    Educational Technologies You Can't Live Without

    Presenter(s): Kacie Chapman, Molly McCrossin and Hunter Perkins

    Faculty Mentor(s): Heather Nunez-Olmstead

    How does educational technology transform the learning environment? Have you ever looked at other educators creating amazing interactive content to engage their students and thought "how DO they do that"? In this session, presenters will be demonstrating technology tools, techniques, and strategies to make teaching online organized, engaging and enjoyable for all!

    The Opioid Epidemic, Drug Policy and Recovery in Maine

    Presenter(s): Joey Gregson, Zach Lowery, Haley Johnston, Dayna Owens, Chandler Cole, Dalaney Anfinson, Carla Sawyer, Anthony Searels

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Lisa Leduc

    Students in CRJ 216 - Drug Policy will present their service learning work in recovery coach training and other connections to enhancing drug policy in Maine.

    Giving Voice to the Voiceless

    Presenter(s): Meagan Blanchard, Mei Chang, Danica Haskell, Maren Moir, Lindsay Pelletier

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Jacqui Lowman

    Hear the untold stories of people on the autism spectrum, children, farmers, International students and women in agriculture. Meet the people behind the stories.

  • Session 4

    Teaching Them Well: The Art & Science of Teaching in Early Childhood

    Presenter(s): Alissa Evans

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Alana Margeson

    This presentation will describe foundational learning theories in early childhood. Participants will also learn about the application of these theories when teaching young children. Common methods of early childhood education, including the Montessori and Waldorf methods will be explored, as well as the critical role of play and “brain breaks” when working with young students.

    Saint and Dusty's 15 Weeks of Fame

    Presenter(s): Ricky Goupille, Kyle Nichols, Megan Waceken

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Jacqui Lowman

    Social Media can be used for good and ill. Our class decided to use it for good by teaching people about what service dogs can do. Service dogs can do many different essential tasks for their people. Although there are many types of service dogs, we used Saint and Dusty specifically --who are both mobility service dogs-- as the faces of our projects. We used Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok to tell their stories.

    UMPI Greenhouse Update

    Presenter(s): Lindsay Pelletier, Abbie Yarema, Aubrey Sinclair, Cortland Pasquarelli, Lane Anfinson, Noah Johndro, Wyatt Braun, Cole Willette, Yizhou Wu

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Larry Feinstein

    Members of the Greenhouse Club will describe greenhouse activity including experimental growing trials and how greenhouse vegetable production is helping to mitigate local food insecurity.

  • Session 5

    Preparing to Leave the Nest

    Presenter(s): Megan Waceken

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Jacqui Lowman

    One owl's journey through the Professional Communication and Journalism program going from freshman to senior year. This is how one student was able to grow with each assignment. These assignments were community based and offered experiential learning that added to her confidence and professional portfolio that will make her stand out in life after UMPI. As she begins her journey after UMPI, she does so with the social connections she has made along the way to graduation.

    Black Students Union

    Presenter(s): Kajuan Minter, Nicole Caddell, Nora Francois, Jacob Paddock, Preston Bass, Denelle Eldridge, ale Milano, Chantel Williams

    Faculty Mentor(s): Alan Morrill

    Black student Union and what it's about, moving forward, introducing the new members, advisors, and the plans we have for BSU heading into the next year.

    The Rise of Intelligent Language: Understanding ChatGPT and Similar AI Models

    Presenter(s): Ryan Sonderman

    Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Fred Strickland

    In this presentation, I will be going in depth on how AI models like ChatGPT work, as well as their history, ethics, and future.