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The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center)

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The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (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 Current RiSE Parking Map


Director: Susan McKay, 207-581-4678
Administrative Specialist:
Leisa Preble, 207-581-4672


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.

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.

Job Opportunities
All professional positions are filled at this time.



Wittmann named American Physical Society Fellow
UMaine News, October 8, 2015

Maine Physical Sciences Partnership (MainePSP) receives $2M to continue advancing STEM Education
UMaine News, September 30, 2015

Click. Michelle Smith leads charge for active learning in science education
by Beth Staples, UMaineTODAY, Spring/Summer 2015


News Archives


Maine RiSE Center Colloquia & Seminar Series:
3:00-4:00 pm, First Monday of the month in the Arthur St. John Hill Auditorium,
165 Barrows Hall (unless otherwise indicated)

December 7      Sara Lindsay, School of Biology and Ecology, University of Maine
Assessing Student Learning in Ocean Science: Charting a course in the School of Marine Sciences

Upcoming Conferences/Workshops:

None at this time.


Upcoming Thesis Defenses:

Wednesday, Dec. 2     Gregory Kranich, MST Student
Hill Auditorium, 1:00 pm
Inconsistent Conceptions of Acceleration Contributing to Formative Assessment Limitations

Friday, Dec. 4     Daniel Laverty, MST Student
Fireside Conference Room, Estabrooke Hall, 9:00 am
Investigating Teachers’ Content Knowledge and Pedagogical Content Knowledge in a Middle School Physical Science Curriculum on Force and Motion


 Congratulations to the following MST Students, who will be graduating in 2015:

Sundance Campbell (May, 2015)

Joshua Case (August, 2015)

Jonathan Dumont (May, 2015)

Milissa Knox (December, 2015)

Ryan Weatherbee (May, 2015)




Pi Pi Baby

The Resource Coordinator and the Owl Rescue



The Center was created by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Education, Award Number R125K010106.

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Contact Information

The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center)
5727 Estabrooke Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5727
Phone: (207) 581-4672 | Fax: (207) 581-9555E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469