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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
Exhibits/Performances – Social Sciences

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Jeremy Boulier

Faculty Mentor: Elizabeth DePoy

Jonathan Deschaine

Financial Economics, Mathematics, 1:00PM-2:15PM
Exploring U.S. Citizen Knowledge of Aquaculture | | While aquaculture continues to boom in the waters of the United States, the information surrounding it has not. However, expanded aquaculture may conflict with existing marine uses (ex: recreation, wild harvest) and viewscapes. Thus, expansion of aquaculture may experience constraints from social acceptance. To improve our understanding of citizen acceptance of aquaculture, we designed and administered an online survey to collect information regarding aquaculture awareness, perceptions, and governance. Participants provided information on a scale from 0 to 100 on both current level of knowledge and perceived knowledge needs. When asked how much they currently knew about aquaculture, respondents reported an average of 15.87 out of 100 (N = 1210). When asked how much they thought they needed to know, respondents reported an average of 41.83 out of 100 (N = 1210). The knowledge gap is further explored through six common myths regarding aquaculture provided by NOAA (i.e. Growing shellfish can improve water quality); interestingly over 60% of respondents were unable to answer these questions. Linear regression will be executed to determine the factors that explain a citizen's view of their current, and needed knowledge, including socio-demographics, sources of information and current risk perceptions of aquaculture. This analysis is important to those seeking to identify a place in which to improve aquaculture education, whether it be in the classroom or elsewhere. Further, this work will provide insight into social acceptance of aquaculture development which is key information for marine planners. | | Faculty Mentor: Caroline... Read More →

Anna Dixon

Social Work, 1:00PM-2:15PM
An Graduate Student Exit Interview Protocol DEvelopment | | This study involves the development of a systematic, theory informed exist interview protocol for a social work graduate school. Exit interviews have multiple purposes from formative evaluation to engendering loyalty... Read More →

Garrett Raymond

Economics, 1:00PM-2:15PM
Using Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis to Compare Fuel Production Processes Developing sustainable vehicle fuels is widely considered to be an important step towards achieving a sustainable energy future. Like many sustainable technologies, fuel production is often assessed based on its performance across multiple criteria. Due to the complexity of such assessments it can be challenging to compare production processes with one another in a consistent manner. Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) is a common tool for overcoming this barrier because it allows stakeholders to quickly compare alternative production processes based upon their own stated values for each criterion. This research project aims at creating a user friendly and robust MCDA tool that can be used to compare different fuel production methods across environmental, economic, and social criteria. The tool will be used to compare the Acid Hydrolysis Dehydration (AHDH) process of producing drop-in renewable diesel from woody biomass with other fuel production methods. Preliminary results will be reported alongside the MCDA model. | | Faculty Mentor: Sharon... Read More →

Mitchel Roberge

History/French, 1:00PM-2:15PM
Le Messager: A Franco-American Newspaper and its Impacts | | Le Messager was a newspaper printed in French for the French-Canadian immigrant community in Lewiston Maine and surrounding areas. I believe that the close-knit communities and strong sense of identities in these communities were heavily influenced by this paper. By providing a common, consistent source of information and a clear and focused agenda with a specific perspective, the communities that read this paper would all be influenced to think and perceive events in the same way. The paper was both incredibly successful and well-spread, paving the way for a strong Franco-American identity which transcended even their devotion to their church. | | Faculty Mentor: Susan... Read More →

April Turner

Faculty Mentor: Elizabeth DePoy


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