UMFK and its faculty helped prepare me for my career goals by being a university where I could be challenged to excel and not settle. I was taught both bench lab expertise and field expertise allowing me to have a variety of avenues to pursue after college. The experience presented through bioinformatics, working with pcr gels, and team based class work helped me receive a job at Jackson Laboratories.
Attending the University of Maine at Fort Kent for the first two years of my bachelors degree was by far one of my best decisions. UMFK provided me with a strong foundation to build my career on, lifelong friends, and incredible networking connections. The professors at UMFK really care about each students' education and career goals. Many of my professors have still reached out, written me letters of recommendation, and helped me along my path, even after transferring. I'm thankful to have started my path with the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
UMFK offers a solid foundation to prepare students for graduate education along with hands-on experience and proper resources which help to lead into a profession. My senior research project and thesis, as well as other coursework were great stepping stones to prepare me for what graduate school would look like and it gave me a glimpse into what a career in Biology would entail as well. In addition, UMFK also has excellent professors who are outstanding assets to furthering a career.
[Animal Care Techs] basically care for the mice and ship them out to research facilities or people looking to perform research on different strains of mice. So basically handling mice to make sure they are ready to be shipped out. I think that the way that UMFK had basically taught me to manage my time, how to be organized, and really important with being sterile with my technique was a big help in landing the job.
The small class sizes not only ensures that you get to ask questions and spend one on one time with the professors, but the professors get to know you personally and will recommend you for jobs and tell you about the many opportunities for you out in the world.
I spent the summer in Bangor, Maine doing cancer research at the Lafayette Family Center! It was a life changing experience, and I could write pages upon pages of how amazing my experience was there. While I was doing cancer research, a fellow researcher told me about medical volunteer experiences around the world, and that is how I came across this amazing opportunity in Africa that I am about to embark on.
My dissertation is to interrogate the mechanisms of germ granules uncovering how cells in the germ line repress somatic development and proliferation. Understanding the functionality of germ granules could provide means to repress the proliferation of cancers cells. UMFK provided me a general understanding/application of basic techniques necessary to be a successful graduate student candidate. Small class size allows for professors to become far more involved in the student’s education making the learning experience more meaningful. Furthermore, I wouldn't be in the position I am today without the networking I was able to do during my time at UMFK.