The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (The Maine RiSE Center) provides an integrated approach to University-based research and professional development in science and mathematics education. The Center is a joint effort of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Development and College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture. The activities of the Center bring together faculty from the science and mathematics disciplines with faculty from education. With this combination of resources, the Center is reevaluating and reforming introductory level science and mathematics courses, establishing new practices for K-12 science teacher preparation, and building infrastructure with teachers, schools, and administrators through out the state.
Activities undertaken by the Center are targeted to create attractive, content-rich teacher preparation and continuing education options for mathematics and science teachers. The Center is working to develop well-qualified science and mathematics teachers for grades K-12 and to spearhead the development of coherent, developmentally appropriate curricula for mathematics and science.
You can find us by accessing the Map to the RiSE Ctr.
Director: Susan McKay, 207-581-4678
Administrative Specialist: Leisa Preble, 207-581-4672
MAINE PHYSICAL SCIENCES PARTNERSHIP
A partnership bringing together over 45 rural Maine schools, the University of Maine, three Maine non-profits with expertise in science education, and science and technology leaders at the Maine Department of Education to target the teaching and learning of physical sciences in grades 6-9 and the preparation of science teachers at the University of Maine. To find out more about this partnership, click on the link above.
MAINE ELEMENTARY SCIENCES PARTNERSHIP
The Maine Elementary Sciences Partnership (MaineESP) is an exciting expansion project of the MainePSP. Supported for three years by a $1.7M grant from the Maine Department of Education’s Math Science Partnership Program, the MaineESP seeks to create an infrastructure to strengthen rural science education in grades PK-5. To find out more about this partnership, click on the link above.
All professional positions are filled at this time. Post doctoral positions are still available. Please click on the “Open Positions” link on the right.
Commencement Speaker 2014 – Justin D. Lewin
Justin D. Lewin of Castle Hill, Maine, majored in biology. He also began graduate work toward a Master of Science in Teaching in January. His numerous academic honors include an Armed Forces Communication & Electronics Association STEM Teachers for America’s Future Scholarship and Maine PSP Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant Fellowship, both in 2012, and a UMaine Center for Undergraduate Research Fellowship in spring 2013. For more about Justin, please click on the above link.
2013 SBE Video Contest Winner – Zachary Batz – Share the Excitement: Inquiry based Intro Labs
One of the SBE Video Contest Winners for 2014 is our own Zachary Batz. To view his video, click on the link (above) and click on the video by Zach Batz.
2014 Fellows by the American Chemical Society (ACS) named
Mitchell Bruce, an associate professor of chemistry (and member of the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education), was named a 2014 fellow by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Bruce is one of 99 scientists recognized by the society for demonstrating outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and making important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society. The 2014 fellows represent a range of disciplines and geographic locations, from 30 of the society’s technical divisions, 57 local sections and 23 national committees. This year’s class will be recognized Aug. 11 at the society’s 248th national meeting in San Francisco. A full news release with a complete list of this year’s fellows is online.
EqualityMaine Out Front Volunteer Leadership Awardee
The EqualityMaine Awards 30th Anniversary Celebration Banquet was held in Portland on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Our Elementary Science Partnership Project Coordinator, Travis Hall, won the “Out Front Volunteer Leadership Award”. To read more about Travis, please click on the link above. Way to go, Travis!!
Promotions, Promotions – 2014!
If you see them around, please congratulate Francois Amar on his promotion to Full Professor, Michael Wittmann on his promotion to Department Chair of the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, and Sarah Nelson on her promotion to Associate Research Professor. We are so proud of them!!
None at this time. See you in the fall!
Maine RiSE Center Colloquia & Seminar Series: Done for Spring Semester. Look for us in the fall!
3:00-4:00 pm, First Monday of the month
Arthur St. John Hill Auditorium, 165 Barrows Hall (unless otherwise indicated)
Upcoming Thesis Defenses:
None at this time
Congratulations to the following MST Students who will be graduating this season!
Daniel Bragdon – Mathematics
Kalee (Gurschick) Gwarjanski – Generalist
Jon Janelle – Mathematics
Zachary Batz – Mathematics
Shahram Firouzian – Mathematics (double major – MST/MA)
RiSE CENTER FUN & GAMES:
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The Center was created by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Education, Award Number R125K010106.