Research

Contact Us

Below you’ll find the University of Southern Maine (USM) staff members and offices dedicated to supporting research, scholarship, and creative activity.

We’re available to answer your questions, serve as a resource, and discuss the ways we can assist your business, organization, agency, or community.

Office of Research

The Office of Research advances and supports research at the University for faculty, staff, and students as they pursue scholarly knowledge. Staff provide oversight for research administration, development, and investment.

Kris Sahonchik

Director of Office of Research &
Director of the Cutler Institute

 

kris.sahonchik@maine.edu

207-780-5856

 

 

Tamara Blair Kirk

Director of Research Service Center

 

tammy.blair@maine.edu

207-228-8538

 

 

Terry Shehata, PhD

Senior Policy Associate, Research & Economic Development &
Maine Economic Improvement Fund Coordinator

 

a.shehata@maine.edu

207-228-8239

 

 

Maggie Vishneau

Senior Policy Associate, Research & Organizational Development

 

vishneau@maine.edu

207-780-5469

 

 

Laura Woods-Vachon

Policy Associate, Research & Organizational Development

 

laura.woodsvachon@maine.edu

207-626-5028

 

 

Ross Hickey

Director, Office of Research Integrity and Outreach (ORIO)

 

ross.hickey@maine.edu

207-780-4340

Additional University Contacts

  • Developing and Submitting a Proposal & Managing Your Grant
  • Maine Economic Improvement Fund (MEIF @ USM)
  • Office of Research Integrity and Outreach (ORIO)
  • Research Service Center
  • USM-North Atlantic Initiative

Undergraduate Students

  • Undergraduate student research
    • Research is a vital way for students to bridge academic scholarship and learning with helping communities to develop real-world solutions. If you’re interested in getting involved with research at the University, please reach out to the faculty within your major.
    • View faculty by department

  • Maine Space Grant Consortium (MSGC)

Graduate Students

  • Graduate student research  
    • Research is a dynamic element of coursework; capstone projects; thesis and dissertation development; and graduate assistantships. If you’re interested in getting involved with research at the University, please reach out to the faculty within your academic program.
    • View faculty by department

    • Graduate Assistantships