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Student Life and Activities


One factor often appreciated by our graduate and undergraduate students is the close student/faculty relationships. Being a small-sized university and school allows much camaraderie among the students themselves and with their advisors. The research cluster of Food Science and Human Nutrition is a place where friendships are built and support and encouragement edifies the students allowing for greater success.  This team attitude and camaraderie is reflected in the students lives as well as the facutly and staff.  Basically, we have fun together!

We have a large graduate student room in the building where graduates have their own private desk and access to the internet from their desk or from a bank of common computers in the room. Common printing capability and telephone access is provided as well. Students often take courses together and interact for studying. Our graduate classes are small (often 5-10 students) which allows for much student/faculty interaction for learning.

The Dietetic Internship Program and the Food Science Club foster strong bonds among our graduate students. Interns constantly interact in common-based campus and community functions and state-based conferences. Food Science Club members belong to the Institute of Food Technology and carry out many IFT projects. Money is raised annually so that members can attend national conferences and present research results.

All new undergraduate students are first advised by the Undergraduate Coordinator, Dr. Susan Sullivan. In the spring of the students’ first year in the program, they are assigned to a new academic advisor in the research cluster. Students may request a different advisor at any time.

Undergraduate students meet with their advisors at least once per semester to plan courses for the following semester and as needed for other issues that may arise. New graduate students are appointed an advisor by the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Denise Skonberg when they are admitted to the Graduate School. Since the majority of graduate students are pursuing the thesis option, funding availability may limit the number graduate of students any one professor may advise.

Student Clubs
Food Science and Human Nutrition research cluster has two student-run clubs. Membership is open to any interested student. The Nutrition Club is focused on nutrition education and service activities. For more information, please contact club president Christina Marescia ( or club advisor Dr. Mona Therrien ( The Food Science Club is an affiliate of the Institute of Food Technologists’ Student Association. The club advisor is Dr. Jason Bolton  ( ).  The coach for the IFT College Bowl team is Dr. Denise Skonberg ( This year’s Food Science Club president is Rafael Garcia ( Many other clubs are active on campus. The First Class system contains links to all clubs on campus.

Honor Societies
All FSN students, undergraduate and graduate, have the opportunity to participate in the two honor societies affiliated with the research cluster. Dr. Adrienne White is the advisor for the Maine Alpha Beta Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu. Monthly meetings are held. Dr. Alfred Bushway is the advisor for Phi Tau Sigma, the food science honor society. New members are invited to join these societies in the spring, based on their academic records. The University of Maine has many other honor societies, including Sigma Xi and Alpha Lambda Delta, which is also advised by Dr. Bushway.

Student Employment
Many part-time employment positions are available on campus. We encourage FSN students to inquire about positions, work-study and non-work-study, within the research cluster. Experience gained in working with faculty on research projects has helped many of our former students secure employment or graduate school admission.