PORTLAND — Susan E. Picinich, interim dean of the University of Southern Maine College of Arts and Sciences, has announced the following awards and scholarships have been presented to local students:
Katherine Sanborn, a 2006 graduate of Livermore Falls High School, received the Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Study for Latin. The book award is presented to seniors who have demonstrated a record of excellence in advanced courses and who have shown evidence of interest in the chosen language beyond work in the classroom.
Sanborn was also invited to join Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society. An invitation to join the Kappa Nu Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota is extended to those students who demonstrate dedication to and achievement in foreign language scholarship. Sanborn is a classics student.
Luke Sturtevant, a 2002 graduate of Livermore Falls High School, was awarded the Robert N. Miller Earth Science Scholarship. The award was established to honor Miller, a professor of geology from 1946 to 1977, who always exhibited excellence in teaching, guidance and service. Sturtevant is a senior majoring in the field of earth sciences with a grade point average of 3.5 or above in the major.
Sturtevant also received the Louis B. Woodward Award. The award was established by the Alumni Association in 1955 in the name of Woodward, professor of science from 1913 to 1955, to recognize his humility and to mark his example. It is awarded to a science major judged outstanding in ability and achievement.
Thomas Harvell, a 2000 graduate of Mt. Blue High School, was awarded the Carl Leroy and Olive Dean Armentrout Award. The endowed scholarship was established at the University of Southern Maine in 2000 by Professor Emeritus Charles Armentrout in memory of his parents. The scholarship is for a USM physics student who shows promise and persistence.
Erin Taylor, a 1997 graduate of Mt. Blue High School, was awarded the John Ricci Fellowship at the Scripps Research Institute. The fellowship, which is funded by Professor Ray Stevens, USM class of 1986, honors retired USM faculty member, Ricci, and his innovative educational program at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The Stevens Laboratory conducts cutting edge research in structural biology and biochemistry as well as the development of protein therapeutics. The fellowship offers an opportunity for USM undergraduates to pursue research at the biomedical research institution during a summer internship.
Elise Jensen, a 1998 graduate of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, was awarded the Barbara Jandebeur Scholarship. The scholarship was established by Barry S. Jandebeur, class of 1995, in memory of his mother who died on Dec. 23, 1995, the date he earned his bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Southern Maine. The award is made to an English major who intends to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree in English.
Matthew Edward Cloutier, a 2007 graduate of Poland Regional High School, was chosen for the Music Honors Recital playing trombone. The annual concert recognizes significant achievement in performance by students of the School of Music. Students are nominated by their faculty to audition and, from that pool of nominees, finalists are chosen by a music faculty committee
Heidi Dehaan, a 2007 graduate of St. Dominic Regional High School, was awarded the Joseph P. Canty Scholarship. The recipient of the award is a mathematics major in the College of Arts and Sciences with junior or senior standing. Selection is made by the faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The award is based on academic achievement.
Donovan Lane, a 2003 graduate of Edward Little High School, was awarded the chemistry department’s Outstanding Junior Award. The award recognizes a junior chemistry or biochemistry major who has demonstrated academic excellence and shows strong promise for pursuing graduate study upon graduation from USM.
Sebastian Ascanio, a 2006 graduate of Edward Little High School, was awarded the Richard S. Petereit Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 1988 by family and friends in memory of Richard S. Petereit, a student in the Theatre Department. It is awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated outstanding ability in theater as well as dedication to the continuing growth of the Theatre Department.
Owen Conforte of Lovell, a 2008 graduate of Fryeburg Academy, was awarded the Gateway Mastering Studio Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 1994 through the Maine Business for USM Scholars Program. Two awards are given each year to students majoring in music.