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Maine’s congressional delegation greets NEW Leadership students

We are celebrating the ninth annual Maine NEW (National Education for Women) Leadership program! Maine’s congressional delegation welcomed the students to the 2017 with these video addresses: Senator Susan Collins Senator Angus King Representative Chellie Pingree Representative Bruce Poliquin A group of 28 outstanding college students from 14 institutions around the state took part in the […]

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Maine Policy Scholar from UMPI in the news

Idella Thompson, Maine Policy Scholar at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, is featured in a WAGM News video and article for her work on researching protection from abuse orders in Maine. Thompson was a Policy Scholar during 2016-17. After presenting her final project to a panel of Maine policy makers she submitted her report and […]

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Maine Policy Scholars recognized in BDN

The Bangor Daily News highlighted the year-end presentations of the seven students in the Maine Policy Scholars program. The program is funded by the Maine Community Foundation and provides research scholarships to one student per year from each of the seven University of Maine System campuses. The student works with a faculty advisor to pursue research […]

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NEW Leadership program to be held June 1–6

Maine NEW (National Education for Women) Leadership will run Thursday through Tuesday, June 1–6 at the Orono campus with trips to Augusta and Skowhegan. The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center hosts this annual six-day undergraduate student leadership program for women to educate, engage and empower young leaders. Danielle Conway, dean and professor of law at […]

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Trostel’s study on retirement savings is cited by AARP

Professor Philip Trostel’s recent work on the benefits of saving for retirement has been cited by the Nevada AARP, illustrating that Nevada could save taxpayers $24,048,204 over the next 15 years by helping people save more of their own money for retirement. Read the article: New Study: Nevada Could Save Over $24 Million by Helping Workers Save […]

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Summer Interns Add Value to Municipal Governments

An article by Stephanie Bouchard in the April Maine Townsman highlights the important role summer interns can play in Maine municipal governments. Many municipal officials see internships as a way to educate and inform the next generation of workers as to the value of their work,  while making an investment in their town’s future. Student […]

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Maine New Leadership Networking Reception & Dinner

On June 2, 2017, the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center will host the 9th annual Maine NEW Leadership Networking Reception & Dinner at the Wells Conference Center, University of Maine, Orono. Maine NEW Leadership is a 6-day, nonpartisan public leadership education program provided at no cost to 28 college students from a variety of backgrounds, ages, […]

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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 […]

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2017 Maine Policy Scholars Make Final Presentations

On Friday, April 28, the students in the Maine Policy Scholars program delivered their year-end research presentations. Over the academic year, seven undergraduates representing each of the seven campuses of the University of Maine System have conducted research on a topic of personal interest and policy relevance to Maine. The students choose their own policy […]

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Marcella Sorg’s research on drug overdose deaths in Maine

Research conducted by Marcella Sorg, PhD, of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, for the Attorney General’s Office and the Office of Chief Medical Examiner shows that in 2016 there was a nearly 40% increase in deaths due to a drug overdose from 2015. The overwhelming majority of these deaths, 84%, were caused alone or in […]

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