Public Affairs Scholar Presents Her Research

Sierra Kuun,  2016-17 recipient of the Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship, presented her research on April 24th at the University of Maine Student Research Symposium. Kuun is a fourth-year chemical engineering major at UMaine. Her project was entitled A Study of Undergraduate Perception and Behavior Toward On-Campus Composting.  Kuun carried out her research through the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions. Her research project has focused on reduction of household solid waste among students. She implemented a pilot program at UMaine to give students the opportunity to divert food scraps, and she then measured their responses to the program in behavior and attitude. She presented her poster at the undergraduate research symposium.

More information on the Public Affairs Scholarship Program is available under the Student Programs section of our website.