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 throughout 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: 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.
RiSE Faculty Receiving Promotion and/or Tenure
UMaine News, March 23, 2016
Smith to mentor JAX postdoc about active learning techniques
UMaine News, March 2, 2016
NSF Teaching Fellowship Program to Improve STEM education in rural schools
UMaine News, February 29, 2016
UMaine gets grant to boost STEM Education in rural schools
Bangor Daily News, February 26, 2016
UMaine News, Engineering Magazine 2015
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
*The November 7th Colloquium will be held in Bennett Hall Rm. 140
Upcoming Thesis Defenses:
None at this time.
Tenure and/or promotion have been approved for the following RiSE Center faculty:
John Thompson, Physics – Professor
Michelle Smith, Biological Sciences – Associate Professor with Tenure
Congratulations to the following MST Students, who will be graduating in 2016:
Gregory Kranich (May 2016)
Justin Lewin (May 2016)
If you see any of these people around campus, congratulate them for a job well done!
RiSE CENTER FUN & GAMES:
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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