University of Maine at Farmington 2022 Spring Wilson Scholars, front from left, are Isabelle King, Miles Stevens and Nik Schultz. Back from left are Drew Monteith and Maxen Ryder. Not pictured are Daniela Lilly Rodiles and Emily Moore. UMF photo

The University of Maine at Farmington’s Michael Wilson Scholars Program has named seven outstanding student researchers as scholars for this spring.

Established in 2006, the selective Wilson program directly connects students with faculty mentors to promote the highest level of scholarship as students explore dynamic local, national and international research topics, according to a news release from the university.

This semester’s scholars include Isabelle King from Yarmouth; Daniela Lilly Rodiles from Farmington; Drew Monteith from York; Emily Moore from Epsom, New Hampshire; Maxen Ryder from Portland; Nik Shultz from Attleboro, Massachusetts; and Miles Stevens from Norway.

The program names student awardees twice a year, including single-semester scholars and yearlong fellows. Student researchers are individually sponsored by faculty and supported at every stage of their research. These faculty mentors assist with proposal development, research methodology, project presentation and continuing follow-up on pre-professional and post-graduate opportunities.

The spring Michael Wilson Scholars will join those selected in the fall to present their projects at the University’s upcoming Symposium Day, a series of research presentations that spotlight the scholarly work of students. This year’s UMF Symposium Day was held April 20 at venues throughout campus.

“Congratulations to this semester’s outstanding scholars. Their in-depth scholarly work and creative projects not only broaden their educational experience but also enrich the student experience campus-wide,” said UMF President Edward Serna.


Spring 2022 Wilson Scholars

Isabelle King of Yarmouth is a junior majoring in secondary education, English, King has created a work of mixed media including a chapbook of poetry exploring the visible and invisible world of anxiety. Kristen Case, UMF professor of English, is the faculty sponsor.

Daniela Lilly Rodiles of Farmington is a senior majoring in English and International & Global Studies, Rodiles has created a translation of the poetry of Elise Cowen titled “The Eclipsed Poet of the Beat Generation.” Case is the faculty sponsor.

Drew Monteith of York is a senior majoring in visual arts, Monteith has self-produced a short film that centers on how men discuss their feelings. Dawn Nye, UMF associate professor of Art and New Media, is the faculty sponsor.

Emily Moore of Epsom, New Hampshire, is a sophomore majoring in performing arts, Moore has written a piece of music for a wind quintet and cello that tells the story of her late grandfather. Aaron Wyanski, UMF assistant professor of music composition, is the faculty sponsor.

Maxen Ryder of Portland is a senior majoring in creative writing, Ryder has drafted a novel titled “The Plague Runners.” Lewis Robinson, UMF assistant professor of creative writing, is the faculty sponsor.

Nik Shultz of Attleboro, Massachusetts, is a senior majoring in creative writing, Shultz has created a chapbook of poetry and study focusing on the history and creation of queer monster media. Misty Krueger, UMF associate professor of English, is the faculty sponsor.

Miles Stevens of Norway is a senior with an Individualized Studies major with a concentration in English, Stevens has created a project exploring her Sámi heritage. Stephen Grandchamp, UMF assistant professor of literature and digital humanities, is the faculty sponsor.