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Robert Sanford co-editor of River Voices

USM storytellers collaborate for new book about the Presumpscot River

USM Professor of Environmental Science and Policy Robert Sanford co-edited the recently published book “River Voices: Perspectives on the Presumpscot” — and he had a raft of USM faculty and staff collaborators on board for the project.

USM Voices: Engaging Maine high schoolers in Cube Satellite development

CubeSats are small research satellites that are made up of multiples of 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm, that have ushered in a new era of space research, allowing high-schools and universities to participate in this one very niche field. The workshop had prestigious speakers that included an award-winning educator, engineers work at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a commercial CubeSat kit company and USM faculty.
photo of USM President Glenn Cummings

Harold Alfond Foundation makes historic commitment of $240 million to UMS

The Harold Alfond Foundation has made an historic commitment of $240 million to the University of Maine System, the eighth-largest gift ever made to a U.S institution of higher education and the largest ever to a public institution of higher education in New England.
2021 Maine Teacher of the Year Cindy Soule

USM grad Cindy Soule named 2021 Maine Teacher of the Year

For the second consecutive year, Maine’s Teacher of the Year is a University of Southern Maine graduate.
USM and Trio logo

TRIO doubles federal funding with new grant to help STEM students

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded more than $2.6 million to USM’s TRIO program to augment its work with students who have a low income, a disability or are the first in their families to attend college. The just-announced funding — arriving in two, five-year grants — expands TRIO advising to target students pursuing fields in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The new funding, $1.3 million, allows TRIO to advise 120 STEM students.

USM announces $1 Million Promise Scholarship Challenge

On Thursday, September 24, President Cummings announced an unprecedented matching gift challenge to fully endow the Promise Scholarship program to benefit future generations of Maine students with high academic potential but limited financial means. The Promise matching gift challenge comes at a critical moment when scholarship support for higher education is more essential than ever.
Dr. Ryan Wallace, Director of Maine Center for Business and Economic Research at USM’s Muskie School of Public Service

CBS News Interviews USM's Wallace About the Pandemic’s Impact on Maine’s Seasonal Workers and Businesses

Dr. Ryan Wallace, Director of Maine Center for Business and Economic Research at USM’s Muskie School of Public Service, told CBS News that in this era of social distancing, pandemic-impacted small businesses may lack the technical savvy to reach customers and new markets through the internet.
A prosthetic arm and hand produced in USM's Maker Innovation Studio.

USM Engineering Students Build Low-Cost Prosthetic Arm Prototypes

The pandemic may have required a shift to remote learning over the summer, but that didn’t stop a group of USM engineering students from solving an urgent, real-world problem: how to make a fully functional, prosthetic arm that can operate in hot and humid climates — all for under $110 per unit.
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New Installation Merges Art, Nature and Commerce in Portland Bus Shelter

The permanent bus shelter art installation — located on the west side of Bedford Street on the Portland Campus — is latest work by artist Justin Levesque ‘10.
U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for Social Mobility

U.S. News Highlights USM’s Social Mobility and Engineering in New Rankings

US News and World Reports’ just-released college rankings highlight the University of Southern Maine’s place among the top public universities in the Northeast. The university’s recognition — as an overall top public school, for social mobility and for its strong engineering program – highlight USM’s rising stature in Maine and throughout the country.