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Melissa Stone of Portland Wins USM Hamilton Prize

USM Senior Melissa Stone

Winner of the University of Southern Maine 2012 Ellen L. and Harry S. Hamilton Prize in Environmental Policy Studies is Melissa Stone of Portland, a senior majoring in sociology with a minor in environmental science. The award was based on her exemplary academic achievement and coursework in environmental science and political science. Stone, who graduates in December, says she is, “…incredibly thrilled and thankful to have been chosen for this award.” Following her graduation she hopes to do more international travel and has seriously been considering a master’s degree in environmental sociology.

University of Southern Maine Professor Emeritus of Political Science Michael Hamilton, a resident of Gorham, created the 2012 Hamilton Prize in Environmental Policy Studies in tribute to his parents, both of whom were interested in environmental issues. Ellen L. Hamilton was a fiber artist, author, community activist in developing the concept of "interim families" for homeless teens and a leader in the Unitarian-Universalist Association. Harry S. Hamilton was a veteran of WWII, a graduate of Cornell University School of Law and a leader in the 1960s movement to standardize legal forms in ordinary language understandable to anyone.