FARMINGTON — Fourteen UMF students were recently named Spring 2012 Michael D. Wilson Research Scholars by the University of Maine at Farmington Undergraduate Research Council. The program recognizes students for their original academic and creative research projects that help them connect classroom learning with real-world experience.

The Spring 2012 Wilson Scholars include: Christy Carle, Fayette, N.C.; Melaine Christensen, Brunswick; Morgan Cousins, Merrimac, Mass.; Natalie Dumont, Skowhegan; Brody Ford, Wells; Kiley Gendron, North Berwick; Alexa Kusmik, Annapolis, Md.; Kenneth Lamb, Scarborough; Libby Newhouse, Pittsfield; Nicole Phillips, Naples; Ben Radville, West Newbury, Mass.; Katherine Steward, Franklin, Mass.; Melanie Strout, Southwest Harbor and Sara Tarbox, Cumberland.

Dumont, of Skowhegan, is a sophomore majoring in environmental science. Dumont is examining the influence of leaf litter composition on vernal pool quality in Western Maine. Her faculty sponsor is Drew Barton, UMF professor of biology.

Newhouse, of Pittsfield, is a senior majoring in English. Newhouse is examining the relationship between chivalry and violence in knighthood within “The Canterbury Tales.” Her faculty sponsor is Eric Brown, UMF associate professor of English.

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