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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.

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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.


Cathcart featured in “Elect Her” article in Maine Campus

February 25th, 2014

Mary Cathcart was featured in an article in the Maine Campus about a nationwide program coming to UMaine – Elect Her. Elect Her is a one-day, 4.5 hour intensive training session that includes workshops run by an Elect Her facilitator, panels of speakers and networking opportunities. Elect Her is scheduled to run at UMaine September 27, 2014. The article can be found at

Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow Matthew Dunlap

February 24th, 2014

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, a UMaine Alumnus, is Maine’s 49th Secretary of State and the first person to serve non-consecutive terms in that office since 1880. He previously served three terms as Maine’s 47th Secretary of State, and four terms in the Maine House of Representatives.

A day with us at UMaine
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap will be at the University of Maine for a full day of activities on February 27, 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

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.