experience gave me a sense of what it's like to work in a research
lab and know what scientists are looking for in these kinds of
– Kathryn Apse
"You don't need to be a leader to be a manager, but you have to be a
good manager to be a good leader." – Gustavo Burkett
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University of Maine biologist Seth
Tyler has been studying primitive species of flatworms for eight years.
In collaboration with post-doctoral researcher Matt Hooge and Wolfgang
Sterrer of the Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo, Tyler is part of the National
Science Foundation's PEET (Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in
Taxonomy) initiative. Their goal is to conduct a global survey of the
worms' biodiversity, distribution and taxonomy to better understand
their origins and their relationships to other major groups of
NSF funding also supports traineeships for the next generation of
biologists, like Kathryn Apse of Reading, Mass. In Tyler's lab this
summer, she learned about microscopy, database management and taxonomy
methods — no easy task considering the little-known animals are small
enough to live between grains of sand.
"I have a whole new appreciation for small animals," says Apse, a senior
in marine biology, a licensed scuba diver and member of the UMaine swim
team for three years. "I learned how they interact and are classified by
species. I know what tiny characteristics to look for, like muscle
structure and organs."
Apse, who has a minor in studio art, used computer graphics to develop
anatomical drawings of the worms for use on an
interactive Web site and to construct images for a Web-based
pictorial key to families of the group Acoela. Her schematics can be
used to help identify the animals.
Apse is considering a career in scientific Web site design. This fall,
she is an exchange student at the College of Charleston in South
Management and leadership are intrinsically linked, according to Gustavo
Burkett, a University of Maine graduate student in the College of
Education and Human Development who has an undergraduate degree in
"I base leadership on relationships," he says. "You don't need to be a
leader to be a manager, but you have to be a good manager to be a good
leader. A leader is someone who leads by example, encouraging others to
Those who know Burkett say he does just that. He is as gregarious as he
is enterprising. His wide-ranging involvement on campus — from
membership on university and student boards and committees to leadership
in UMaine's chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity — speaks to his
commitment to the community.
"I believe in living life to its full potential," Burkett says. "It
feels good to do all I can every minute. I realize how much people have
to offer me and me them."
Burkett first came to Maine as a shy exchange student from Argentina who
spoke four words of English. He finished his senior year at John Bapst
High School in Bangor, Maine, then returned home to attend college. In
1999, Burkett transferred to UMaine to study business administration. "I
wanted something that would relate me to a lot of people," he says. As
an undergraduate, his many responsibilities included working as the
student administrative assistant in the Office of the Vice President for
Following graduation in 2002, Burkett was one of 12 young men selected
to serve as regional directors for the national Sigma Phi Epsilon
fraternity. As part of his duties, he visited 30 college campuses in the
Midwest, meeting more than 3,000 students.
Based on his work with the fraternity on the national level, he received
student affairs-related job offers from colleges in New Hampshire and
Nebraska. This past summer, Burkett started his graduate work in student
development in higher education.