FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington will host its annual Michael D. Wilson Symposium on Wednesday, April 27.

This daylong showcase features the research projects and creative works of the 2015-16 Michael D. Wilson scholars and fellows, senior artists and students from academic interests across the university.

It begins at 9 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

“This beloved UMF tradition is the product of hard work, inventiveness, financial support and deep commitment,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “It’s no surprise that many members of the UMF community count Symposium Day as their favorite and most uplifting time of the year.”

This year’s Michael D. Wilson Research scholars and fellows include one full-year fellow and 21 single-semester scholars. The competitive Wilson Research Program helps top UMF student scholars — supported one-on-one by faculty mentors pursue original, high-level undergraduate research projects. Some of this year’s research includes: bacteria resistance in dental health issues, soil remediation of herbicides and the origin of garnets from Cape Cod Hill granite.

Symposium presentations include:

* Avenues to Improve Opiate Abuse Prevention Efforts in Maine

* The Impacts of Composting on Local Ecology

* A Study of Poverty through a Photojournalist’s Perspective

* The NCAA’s Exploitation of Student Athletes

* Impacts of Climate Change on Maine’s Lobster Industry

* The Power of Breaking a Sweat

The event is preceded by the university’s Arts Week, which runs from April 21 to 27.

This year’s events include the “Last Lecture” of Cathryn Wimett, professor of literacy education, who will discuss her 46 years as an educator, and the “Stranger in a Strange Land” reading by UMF 2014-15 trustee professor Patricia O’Donnell.

A special ceremony will take place at 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, to name the Education Center the “Theodora J. Kalikow Education Center.” Before the ceremony begins tours will take place beginning at 3 p.m. A public reception will be held at the North Dining Hall in the Olsen Student Center immediately following the ceremony.

A full schedule can be found at www2.umf.maine.edu/symposium/this-year/.


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