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Wisdom grad conducts research at Bates College under STEM grant

LEWISTON, Maine — Riley Theriault of Saint Agatha, a sophomore at Bates College in Lewiston, spent last summer and short term on a special research project, college officials reported recently.

Theriault researched the kinematics, or properties of motion, of outflowing gas in a measured area surrounding the galaxy, which is known scientifically as the circumgalactic medium, with Assistant Professor of Physics Aleksandar Diamond-Stanic.

Theriault, the child of Duane and Pauline Theriault of St. Agatha and a 2018 graduate of Wisdom Middle/High School, was among more than 240 students who received support from Bates in order to accept summer work that facilitated professional exploration and reflection about fulfilling future career paths. 

Theriault’s research was funded by a STEM Faculty-Student Grant.

“Conducting research during the summer can be a transformative experience for students,” said Malcolm Hill, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. “This work not only makes a direct contribution to new knowledge collection and ongoing studies, it promotes meaningful professional development within potential fields of study.”

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