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Profiles in Persistence: Tiffany Dunn ’21

Tiffany Dunn is celebrating two milestones this week. She will graduate Saturday with her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. And she’ll do so with a new heart.
Portrait of Julia Gustafson '20

USM grad Julia Gustafson ’20 earns prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Julia Gustafson has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship that will pay her tuition and expenses for the four years it will take her to earn a doctorate at the University of Cambridge.
Portrait of Sophie Jamison

Business student parlays 1.8 million TiKTok followers into job with Hasbro

Hasbro has hired Jamison as Nerf’s Chief TikTok officer. It’s a three-month-long role that comes with a $10,000-per-month salary and intangible benefits, such as mentorship by TikTok’s head of global marketing. And for Jamison — known to her 1.8 million TikTok followers as “Sophie Lightning” — it’s a chance to spread her own brand and social networks even further.
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Juarez receives New England Educational Opportunity Association Rising Star Award

TRIO Upward Bound at the University of Southern Maine has announced that Doris Juarez is the recipient of the New England Educational Opportunity Association (NEOA) Rising Star Award. Juarez, an Upward Bound alumna from Deering High School in Portland, Maine, was recognized at the New England Educational Opportunity Association’s Annual Conference on Thursday, April 8, 2021.
family image from 'We Exist" exhibit

African American Collection unveils exhibit on Maine’s Black families

The University of Southern Maine’s African American Collection has unveiled the first of six new digital exhibitions, highlighting 200 years of families in Maine.
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USM researcher receives $400,000 NIH grant

A USM researcher has won a $400,000 NIH grant to study the health outcomes of Maine women after pregnancy.
A photo of 2021 USM graduate Nurta Hade

Profiles in Persistence: Nurta Hade ’21

Nurta Hade graduated from USM this spring with a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences degree with a concentration in social work — the first in her family to get a four-year degree.
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USM to observe 141st Commencement with virtual celebration

The University of Southern Maine will observe its 141st Commencement with a virtual celebration, featuring a keynote address by best-selling author and national anti-racism thought leader Ibram X. Kendi and a senior address by Human Biology major Grace Muheto of Portland.
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Profiles in Persistence: Raul Gierbolini ’21

When Raul Gierbolini graduates this spring with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, he’ll also be six classes into a graduate degree in Public Health. It’s an unusual situation, but for Gierbolini, who spent the past year thinking about the plight of public health, it’s the perfect path.
A photo of USM graduate Mary Swanson

Profiles in Persistence: Mary Swanson ’21

For Mary Swanson '21, the path to USM was a winding one.