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Primary Puts National Spotlight on UNH Survey Center

Class of 2015 students conducting surveysstatsVisit the UNH Survey Center during the rush up to New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary and you'll discover one key reason its surveys are considered to be among the most reliable, accurate, and widely cited in the nation.

Of course, it helps that its surveys are researched and designed by a veteran team led by Andy Smith, the center's director, an associate professor of political science, and an oft-quoted pundit on public opinion and politics. And as the media frenzy builds around the January 10 primary, requests by national and international media for interviews about the center's work are nearly nonstop.

"What we do is of the highest quality, and we're able to bring a lot of local knowledge to the process, particularly in how the results are interpreted," says Smith, who's been with the center since 1999.

But for the secret to the center's success, you have to start with a busy night at its calling center.

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Student Researchers Earn Coveted National Award

Gina ChaputThose who followed the debate over the state budget in the legislature last spring may recall one outstanding student whose testimony stood out in support of UNH. Gina Chaput, now a junior from Merrimack, N.H. submitted testimony explaining how financial support allowed her to focus on her research on algae-based biofuels, which she presented at the UNH UNH Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) in April, 2011. "I know personally that if the stipend for my undergraduate research award had not been available this past winter, I would have had to go back home and work as a waitress just to sustain myself for the rest of the school year," Chaput told lawmakers.

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RV Gulf ChallengerAwards Recognize
N.H. Students for Leadership, Service, and Academics

A remarkable new video shows why the Hamel Scholars Program is attracting some of New Hampshire's best and brightest student leaders to enroll at UNH. Released this fall, the video features two current scholars, Kerry Murchie '12, of Deering, N.H., and Connor Strobel '14, of Nashua, N.H.

The program was established in 2008 by longtime UNH supporter Dana Hamel and his family to draw top in-state students who excel in community service and leadership as well as academics to UNH. The program is made up of two components: Hamel Family Scholarships, which are awarded to incoming first-year students, and Hamel Scholars awards, which are extended to rising juniors.

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UNH Leads Project to Boost Organic Dairy Farms

GBCC logoA new UNH-led project will soon be helping organic farmers in the Northeast to better produce and market their milk.

The research will explore ways farmers can boost profits by extending the grazing season and adding nutritional value with flaxseed. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture to 12 researchers from the universities of Maine, Vermont, and Cornell, the USDA, and UNH.

"Organic milk production has been one of the fastest growing segments of organic agriculture in the nation in the past decade, and the Northeast produces approximately 25 percent of the organic milk in the U.S.," says principal investigator André Brito, assistant professor of organic dairy management at UNH. "Organic represents a tremendous potential to maintain rural economies and preserve working environmental landscapes through profitable organic dairy farms."

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Scholarships Promote Sciences in Rural Schools

Supported by a unique national scholarship, two UNH students from New Hampshire are planning to help kids in rural and high-needs public schools learn about the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

Taylor Langkau '12, from Groveton, N.H., and Kaitlyn Stefanski '13, of Weare, N.H., received Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships through the National Science Foundation in October. The scholarship includes a loan of up to $20,000, which is forgiven if the student teaches at least two years in a high-needs school district.

Also recognized at the ceremony were Sofia Lemons, of Dover, N.H., and Jennifer Thompson '07, of Kensington, N.H., both pursuing master's degrees in education at UNH, who have deferred their Noyce scholarships.

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President Mark Huddleston

At UNH, we pride ourselves on preparing students to succeed as graduates in the world's most competitive markets. So, it's especially inspiring for me to meet UNH alumni when I'm on the road and to learn about their careers and innovative new ventures.

In fact, we're stepping up our efforts to encourage UNH alumni to share their expertise, insights, and support to help a new generation of Wildcats.

In June, for instance, I met with nearly 100 successful UNH alumni in New York City at an event sponsored by the Whittemore School of Business and Economics. Dean Daniel Innis and I returned to New York in November for a similar networking event. And this winter, I'll gather with alumni at new events in the Merrimack Valley region.

I encourage you to read about the accomplishments of some of our high-achieving alumni entrepreneurs in the UNH Magazine online.

Best regards,
Mark W. Huddleston, President
University of New Hampshire

Did you know?

The UNH Office of Research Partnerships and Commercialization recently recognized Brent Loy, a plant geneticist whose research is responsible for 50 percent of the University's cumulative royalties. Also honored were five faculty and staff members whose research resulted in eight patents the past two years. Read More

The deadline for the next round of funding proposals for the Green Launching Pad is Dec. 12. The emphasis for this round is on green manufacturing. Read More

The New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, an outreach program of the UNH Whittemore School of Business and Economics, has launched a free online course, "Sites that Sell: Building Your e-Commerce Business." Read More


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