UM center receives grant for US-Canada studies

Posted Sept. 13, 2010, at 10:37 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a four-year grant of $1,678,000 to the University of Maine’s Canadian-American Center.

The grant will support a National Resource Center on Canada and provide foreign language and area studies fellowships for graduate students studying in Canada.

The Canadian-American Center will use the funds to further the study of Canada and Canada-U.S. relations by supporting outreach to K-12 teachers and American faculty. Funds will be used to support faculty teaching and research, expansion of library holdings, public lectures, academic programming and administration of the center.

The graduate fellowships have been awarded to six master’s and doctoral students this academic year.

The Canadian-American Center has been a federally designated National Resource Center on Canada since 1979 and is the lead partner in a consortium with the Center for the Study of Canada at State University of New York Plattsburgh.

The University of Maine is the only public institution in New England to have such a center. The others are at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Yale University in New Haven, Conn., and Boston University.

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