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Profiles in Persistence: Jennifer Yazwinski ’21

This spring, Jennifer Yazwinski's struggles will pay off when she graduates with her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.
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Profiles in Persistence: Peter Paolucci '21

Peter Paolucci '21, who is upfront about being on the autism spectrum, sometimes struggles to talk with people. That isn’t a problem with his artwork.
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Profiles in Persistence: Graham Botto ’21

This spring, Graham Botto ’21 will graduate from USM with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. His goal: Help implement the mental health changes he wanted to see for so long.
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Grace Muheto ’21 to give student address in 2021 Virtual Commencement

Grace Muheto ‘21 hopes to shock her friends when the University of Southern Maine’s 2021 Virtual Commencement is presented on the morning of May 8th. The shy young woman, who once quaked when she had to speak in front of her classes, will take the podium during the celebration and deliver the student address.
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USM Extends $230,000 in Merit Scholarships at 75th Annual Maine State Science Fair

At the 75th annual Maine State Science Fair, held virtually on Saturday, April 3, the University of Southern Maine (USM) extended nearly a quarter-million dollars in merit-based scholarship offers to 10 Maine high school juniors for their passionate pursuit of science-based solutions for real problems facing their local communities.
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Campus Construction Update (April 12, 2021)

For anyone quartered on USM’s Portland Campus who longed for an unobstructed view of Durham Street, these must be happy days.
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USM researcher working to understand gender and race difference among COVID-19 deaths

Researchers at the University of Southern Maine and Harvard University have released a new report examining COVID-19 deaths and their discovery that African-American women are dying at rates higher than men in other racial and ethnic groups.
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USM launches fully online Master's in Literacy Education degree program

The M.S.Ed. in Literacy Education will start by offering two online courses in fall 2021 and two in spring of 2022. All will be seven-week courses and asynchronous, which means students don’t have to attend class at a set time.
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Campus Construction Update (April 5, 2021)

Now that Woodbury Campus Center has been razed to make way for the Portland Commons Residence Hall, you might be wondering what’s next. First, there’s a little cleanup work to do — about 650 tons’ worth.
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USM School of Nursing student gives President Cummings his best shot

March 26, 2021, was a long-awaited and exciting day for USM President Glenn Cummings as he received the first of his two COVID-19 vaccines at the Northern Light Health clinic in South Portland.