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Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow Charles Stanhope

April 22nd, 2014


University of Maine Alumnus Charles Stanhope

Wednesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 24, 2014

Charles Stanhope, a UMaine Alumnus, is recently retired from his public service career at the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, the Library of Congress. He served the library as assistant chief operating officer, working alongside Librarian James H. Billington on executive matters of congressional, legal, and public affairs, as well as private sector fund-raising and donor cultivation.

A day with us at UMaine
Charles Stanhope will be at the University of Maine for one and half days, with research tours on April 23rd, and a full day of activities on April 24, 2014, including meeting with groups of UMaine faculty and students, tours of UMaine facilities, and making class presentations.


Sponsored by:

Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, the Honors College & Raymond H. Fogler Library

Margaret Chase Smith Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows are prominent Maine individuals with a past or current career as a policy maker in the state. e Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center brings these individuals to campus for a day, to teach an undergraduate class, engage faculty about research and public policy, and meet with UMaine administration and graduate students.

Smith is graduate winner for Maine Studies Research and Creativity Awards

April 22nd, 2014

Hollie Smith, who has been working with Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center associate professor Laura Lindenfeld, was the graduate winner for the 10th annual Maine Studies Research and Creativity Awards. Her research paper, “Science and Policy in Maine: Opportunities for Engagement with the Maine State Legislature,” examines ways graduate students at UMaine might contribute more effectively to Maine’s policymaking process.

Dunlap visit covered by Fox Bangor

February 28th, 2014

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s visit to UMaine as a Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Distinguished Policy Fellow was covered by Fox Bangor. Mary Cathcart was also interviewed and explained the program during the interview.

The link to the story can be found at

MCS Scholarships Available for 2014-15

February 27th, 2014

We are pleased to announce the Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship for 2014-2015. This is a $3500 scholarship for independent undergraduate research on a topic of public policy relevance. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must be a Maine resident, currently enrolled at UMaine for 12 credits or more, 
  • be an undergraduate student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and   
  • have completed 40 degree hours prior to the current semester.

The amount of the 2014 – 2015 Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship will be $3,500 ($1,750 Fall/$1,750 Spring). The deadline for student applications is Friday, April 11, 2014.

Link to the flyer:

Link to the application form:

Senator Margaret Chase Smith’s abiding belief was that real progress would be attained only through the education of young people.  In honor of Senator Smith’s many years of service to the citizens of Maine and to the nation, this scholarship provides assistance to undergraduates who have demonstrated an active interest in public affairs and who show promise for future leadership in, and contribution to, public affairs.