MCS Library Scholarship awarded to Waterman

UMaine senior Madison Waterman has been awarded the Margaret Chase Smith Library Scholarship for 2017. Madison is a Political Science/Spanish double major. She will be conducting research for her Political Science capstone project examining the perceptions of women as candidates for national office.

Madison plans to examine Senator Smith’s archives related to her nomination and presidential campaign. Materials to be reviewed include internal campaign materials, as
well as transcripts of speeches and interviews she gave about her campaign. Madison says she will “examine the ways in which Senator Smith presented herself as
a candidate and how she was treated by the media and the Republican Party,” and plans to compare her candidacy with that of the first female Democratic candidate to have her name placed in nomination, Rep. Shirley Chisholm.

Madison was just awarded this scholarship and has already visited the MCS Library for some preliminary research of Sen. Smith’s presidential nomination file, her speeches, and scrapbooks, and is “very excited to start writing”.

This scholarship supports up to two UMaine students to engage in research using the archival or museum collections of the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan.