12/14/16: Important update to application process:
Great news! Students who submit a successful application for the June 2017 course automatically qualify for a full 3-credit tuition scholarship thanks to the incredible donation made by the Haglund family! This applies to both in-state and out-of-state students.
1/3/17 Update: Application deadline and clarification re: GPA and deposit
To: USM Honors Freshmen
>>>For eligibility, scholarship information, and application details, check out this post!
**Scroll to the bottom of the page for FAQs!** Last Updated 12/28/16
Using fisheries as an examining lens, this course seeks to develop comparative frameworks to study Maine and Iceland’s unique natural environments and tourist cultures. The aim is to examine their maritime connections–historical, existing, and potential–to the North Atlantic in the context of the opening of the Northwest Passage and Maine’s and Iceland’s fishing industries and cultures. While surveying Maine fisheries and Icelandic history and culture in historical texts, sagas, and documents, students will engage in experiential activities in Maine and Iceland by visiting fishing industries, museums, and cultural centers; they will use a variety of digital tools for research and learning projects.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Is this class associated with the GYA/TAH 307 trip that is also traveling in June 2017?
A: No, this class is associated with the Honors Program, only. To learn more about the GYA/TAH offering, please click here visit their website.
Q: May I request a letter of recommendation from my employer or other professional contact?
A: Yes! If you do not have a contact within the university that can write a letter for you, we will accept a letter from another professional contact.
Q: Should my letter of recommendation be included with my application materials or should the letter be sent directly to the Honors team?
A: We will accept the letter in either case; it is usually the preference of the writer. If the letter is sent to us directly, we will match it up with your materials during the review process.
Q: What if I can’t fit a second Honors (HON) class into my spring schedule? Can I still apply if I’ve only completed one Honors class?
A: Yes, you can still apply! Let us know in your essay or via email that you were unable to fit an Honors class into your Spring schedule. This is not an automatic disqualification. We know that arranging schedules can be tough!
Q: How do I get help with my resume or interviewing skills?
A: USM has an office dedicated to career services! Connect with a staff member in USM’s Community Engagement and Career Development office located on the first floor of Luther Bonney in Portland. Here’s a link to their USM Website!
Q: Who is teaching the class in June?
A: Visit our Meet the Team page to learn more about the class instructors for June 2017. The class topic and instructors will rotate every year.
Q: I see that the class topic is Fishing. Will we be processing the fish?
A: No. We will be focusing on the cultural impact of the fishing industry in Maine and Iceland as it relates to political science, engineering, economy, etc. We may visit a fishing facility, but we will not be handling the fish.
Q: What are the actual dates of travel?
A: The class will begin in Maine on June 12th. We will travel to Iceland on June 17th and return June 28th. Students return home by the 29th/30th. Final project due July 7th.
Q: To whom should I send my video application?
A: Please send the document or link to your video application to email@example.com
Q: How does the $200 deposit work?
A: Successful applicants will be notified via email and once the student confirms that they intend to participate in the class, the non-refundable check will be deposited. The remaining applicants may choose to have their checks returned or shredded here in the office. The purpose of the deposit is to ensure that only students with serious interest apply, given the competitive nature of the scholarship and limited openings available.
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