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Welcome to the 2017 UMaine Student Symposium: Research and Creative Activity electronic event program. This electronic program includes student abstracts, student presentation style descriptions, and presentation schedules. It also includes a map of the venue layout, schedule of the entire day’s events and programs, as well as details and information regarding our sponsors and selected university programs.

We hope you enjoy a full day of student presentations, guest speakers, award ceremonies, and the chance to network with UMaine students, faculty, staff, as well as local and state industry and community leaders! 
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Monday, April 24 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Poster Presentations – Education

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Hope Duncanson

Education, 1:00PM-2:15PM
Reaching Local Community with the Message of Developmental Milestones and Early Identification of Autism | | Autism rates in the United States are increasing, early identification aids in children accessing interventions. “Act Early. Know the Signs.” materials highlight child development and signs of developmental delay. This pilot project was conducted to determine if distributing... Read More →

Jenessa Grant

Communication Sciences and Disorders, 1:00PM-2:15PM
Maine Coalition for Quality Housing and Services Timeline | | This leadership project was completed as part of the UNH-UMaine Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NH-ME-LEND) program. The purpose of my project was to assist the Maine Coalition for Quality Housing and Services (MCQHS) in expanding their online... Read More →

Toni Kaplan

New Media, 1:00PM-2:15PM
Development of a Dynamic Multisensory Interface To Provide Accessible Biological Diagrams for Blind and Low Vision Students | | According to the Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey, there are approximately 543,893 children with significant visual impairment in the U.S. For these children much of the mainstream classroom learning materials are inaccessible, and adapted educational materials are required to meet these... Read More →

Sierra Kuun

Chemical Engineering, 1:00PM-2:15PM
A STUDY OF UNDERGRADUATE PERCEPTION AND BEHAVIOR TOWARD ON-CAMPUS COMPOSTING | | Composting among college students can promote a healthy environment and encourage the appropriate disposal method for generated organic wastes. The purpose of this study was to observe composting behaviors and attitudes among students and foster an increase in knowledge of suitable composting behavior in on-campus apartments. Waste management issues are quickly becoming a key societal concern. As a result, there has been extensive literature surrounding the benefits of, and factors leading to, pro-environmental behaviors. What specific factors lead an individual, institution, or community to begin composting? In analyzing research on related topics, we can investigate drivers that are transferable to increase composting participation. | | Faculty Mentor: Travis... Read More →

Thomas Leighton

Electrical Engineering, 1:00PM-2:15PM
Investigation and Development of New Sensor Laboratory | | The ECE department at UMaine offers two courses focused on sensors: ECE 465, which provides an introduction to sensors, and ECE 466 Sensor Technology and Instrumentation, which has the goal to expand upon the introduc... Read More →

Amber Oakes

Human Development, 1:00PM-2:15PM
The Role of Pets and their Effect on The Well-Being of Families | | The goal of this exploratory study is to examine the role and function of pets on the well-being of family systems. Pets have been widely regarded as members of the family unit, yet little research has focused on their role in the well-being of families in the academic arena. This study will explore issues such as the function of pets in reducing anxiety in times of family stress or relationship strain. In order to examine our research question, we are conducting in-depth qualitative interviews with 2-3 individuals about the role of pets in their families. This study is currently undergoing data collection; findings will be shared at the symposium... Read More →

Margaret Pierce

Communication Sciences and Disorders, 1:00PM-2:15PM
Evaluation of the Maine Child Development Services-Part C Improvement Plan | | In this project, as part of the New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program and in conjunction with Maine’s Child Development Services-Part C (CDS-Part C), I assisted in evaluating the State Systemic Implementation Plan (SSIP) Phase III. The SSIP, an added requirement to the State Performance Plan, is a multi-year, three phase plan that describes how Maine will improve outcomes for children with disabilities served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. CDS-Part... Read More →

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Esperanza Stancioff

Associate Extension Professor, Climate Change Educator, UMaine Extension/ME Sea Grant

Monday April 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm