## Center Student Research

### Current Students

Current MST Students |
Advisor |
Concentration |
Thesis Title |

Kenneth Akiha | Susan McKay | Generalist – Life Sciences | New Student |

Connor Chu | Eric Pandiscio | Mathematics | New Student |

Ann Cleveland | Susan McKay | Generalist – Marine Sciences | New Student |

Peter Colesworthy | Susan McKay | Physics | New Student |

Jenn Dunham | Eric Pandiscio | Mathematics | New Student |

Clint Eaton | Mitchell Bruce / Robert Strong | Generalist – Chemistry | |

Billy Ferm | Susan McKay | Generalist – Physics/Mathematics | New Student |

Maura Foley | Susan McKay | Earth Sciences | New Student |

Ethan Geheb | Susan McKay | Generalist – Physical Sciences/Mathematics | |

Daniel Gibson | Susan McKay | Generalist – Mathematics/Physics | |

Grace Gonnella | Susan McKay | Generalist – Life Sciences | |

Oai Ha | Susan McKay | Generalist – Life Sciences | |

Devin Howard | Susan McKay | Generalist – Physical/Life Sciences | New Student |

Graham Hummel-Hall | Susan McKay | Generalist – Life Sciences | New Student |

Gregory Kranich | Susan McKay | Physics | |

Derek LaBarron | Susan McKay | Generalist – Life Sciences | |

Daniel Laverty | Susan McKay | Earth Sciences | |

Henrik Lenferink | Susan McKay | Generalist – Mathematics/Physical Sciences | |

Justin Lewin | Michelle Smith | Generalist – Life Sciences | |

Rachel Martin | Susan McKay | Generalist – Life Sciences | |

Meredith Muller | Eric Pandiscio | Mathematics | |

William Schlager | Susan McKay | Generalist – Earth/Life Sciences | |

Carla Scocchi | Susan McKay | Generalist – Physical Sciences | New Student |

Elizabeth Trenckmann | Susan McKay | Generalist – Life/Physical Sciences | New Student |

Jen Tyne | Eric Pandiscio | Mathematics | |

Marina Van der Eb | Susan McKay | Generalist – Physical Sciences | |

Stephanie Virgilio | Eric Pandiscio | Mathematics | |

Taylor Washburn | Eric Pandiscio | Generalist – Physical Sciences/Mathematics | New Student |

Tiffany Wilson | Susan McKay | Generalist – Physical Sciences/Mathematics |

**Alumni of MST Program**

Name, Degree Date |
Advisor |
Concentration |
Thesis & Defense |

Karen Abbey, December 2008 |
Robert Franzosa, Dept. of Mathematics |
Mathematics | Students’ Understanding of Determining Properties of a Function’s Graph from the Sign Chart of the First Derivative” |

Rabindra Bajracharya, December 2012 |
John Thompson, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy | Physics | Student Understanding of Definite Integral Using Graphical Representations |

Zachary Batz, August 2014 | Michelle Smith, School of Biology and Ecology | Generalist – Life Sciences | Reaching Struggling Introductory Biology Students with a Targeted Peer Tutoring Program |

Dina Blodgett, May 2006 |
John Donovan, Dept. of Mathematics |
Mathematics | The Effects of Implementing an Interactive Student Response System in a College |

Daniel Bragdon, May 2014 | Natasha Speer, Dept of Mathematics |
Mathematics | University Students’ Graph Interpretation and Comprehension Abilities |

Elizabeth Burroughs, May 2012 |
Susan McKay, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy |
Generalist – Mathematics / Earth Sciences | The Astrobiology Project: Effects on Students’ Science Aspirations and Achievement, and an Analysis of Self-Handicapping Behavior |

Sundance Campbell, May 2015 |
Robert Franzosa / Natasha Speer, Dept. of Mathematics |
Mathematics | College Student Difficulties with Applied Optimization Problems in Introductory Calculus |

Joshua Case, August 2015 |
Natasha Speer, Dept. of Mathematics / Eric Pandiscio, College of Education |
Mathematics | Calculus Students’ Understanding of Logical Implication and its Relationship to their Understanding of Calculus Theorems |

Evan Chase, May 2013 |
Michael Wittmann, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy | Physics | Investigating Physics Students’ Simultaneous Use of Gestures and Speech to Describe Multiple Quantities of a Vertically-Tossed Ball |

Katie Clegg, December 2011 |
Molly Schauffler, School of Earth & Climate Sciences | Generalist – Life Sciences | Assessing Middle and High School Students’ Conceptual Understanding about Photosynthesis |

James Cohen, August 2005 |
Neil Comins, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy |
Physics | Student Ideas about the Moon and its Phases and the Impact of a Real 3D model of the Sun/Earth/Moon system in an introductory Astronomy Laboratory Course |

Glenn Colby, August 2007 | John Donovan, Dept. of Mathematics | Mathematics | Students’ Epistemological Beliefs of Mathematics when Taught using Traditional versus Reform Curricula in Rural Maine High Schools |

Adi Levy Conlogue, May 2013 |
Natasha Speer, Dept of Mathematics / Roy Turner, Dept of Computer Science |
Mathematics | Students’ Understanding of Recursion: When do they use it and why? |

Erik DaSilva, December 2011 | Christopher Gerbi, School of Earth and Climate Sciences | Generalist | Procedural Skills – The Missing Link in Ninth Graders’ Comprehension of Geography’s Influence |

Glen Davenport, August 2008 | John Thompson, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy |
Physics | The reliability of the force and motion conceptual evaluation |

Allison Dorko, May 2012 | Natasha Speer, Dept. of Mathematics |
Mathematics | Calculus Students’ Understanding of Area And Volume in Non-Calculus Contexts |

Jonathan Dumont, May 2015 |
Michelle Smith, School of Biology |
Generalist – Life Sciences | Analysis of Struggling Student Performance in Response to Academic Intervention |

Roger Feeley, May 2007 | John Thompson, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy |
Physics | Identifying Concepts of Gravity |

Shawn Firouzian, August 2014 | Natasha Speer, Dept. of Mathematics | Mathematics | Correlations between Students’ Multiple Ways of Thinking about the Derivative and Their Abilities to Solve Applied Derivative Problems |

Virginia Flood, December 2012 |
Francois Amar, Dept. of Chemistry | Generalist – Chemistry | A Phenomenological Approach to Understanding the role of bodily activity in Chemical Imagining |

Ashley (Graves) Smith, August 2008 |
Robert Franzosa, Dept. of Mathematics | Generalist – Mathematics/Physics | An investigation into the effectiveness of web-based college algebra in conceptual and procedural mathematics knowledge |

Kalee (Gurschick) Gwarjanski, May 2014 |
Susan McKay, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy / Jon Shemwell, College of Education |
Generalist – Physical Sciences/Mathematics | Paying Attention to Theory in Science Classroom Argumentation |

William Hall Jr., August 2010 |
Robert Franzosa, Dept. of Mathematics | Mathematics | Language and Area: Barriers to Student Understanding of Integration |

Molly (Harris) Jenkins, May 2009 |
Molly Schauffler, School of Earth and Climate Sciences | Generalist – Life Sciences | Investigation into the Effectiveness of an Inquiry-based Curriculum in an Introductory Biology Laboratory |

Jon Janelle, May 2014 |
Robert Franzosa / Natasha Speer, Dept. of Mathematics | Mathematics | Proof Conceptions of College Calculus Students |

MaryJean Jones, August 2013 |
Molly Schauffler, School of Earth and Climate Sciences | Generalist – Physical Sciences / Mathematics | An Assessment of Ninth Graders’ Use of Graphs and Explanations to Communicate Scientific Ideas |

Emily (Klingler) Jacesko, May 2006 |
Steve Norton, School of Earth and Climate Sciences |
Earth Sciences | Measuring Student Understanding of Density, with Geological Applications |

Kathleen Knight, May 2006 |
Eric Pandiscio, College of Education |
Mathematics | An Investigation into the change in the Van Hiele Levels of understanding geometry of pre-service Elementary and Secondary Mathematics Teachers |

Mindi (Kvaal) Anderson, August 2009 |
Michael Wittmann, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy |
Physics | Comparing the Effectiveness of Three Unique Research Based Tutorials for Introducing Newton’s Second Law |

Matthew Leland, May 2007 | Francois Amar, Dept. of Chemistry | Generalist – Physics/Chemistry | Using Analogical Models in Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratory Courses to Improve Student Understanding of Beer’s Law |

Milissa (Lewis) Knox, December 2015 | Molly Schauffler, School of Earth and Climate Sciences | Generalist – | |

Levi Lucy, Dec. 2013 |
Susan McKay / Michael Wittmann, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy |
Physics | Correlations between Teachers’ Knowledge of Students and Energy and Students’ Performance on Assessments |

Danielle Martin-Cass, December 2007 |
Steve Norton, School of Earth and Climate Science | Earth Sciences | Student Understanding of Groundwater Concepts in Two Undergraduate Geology Courses |

Kate (McCann) Hayes, August 2009 |
Michael Wittmann, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy |
Generalist – Biology/Physics | A Qualitative Analysis of Student Behavior and Language During Group Problem Solving |

Zachary McIntyre, August 2007 | John Donovan, Dept. of Mathematics | Mathematics | College algebra students’ knowledge of variables |

Maggie (McMoarn) Hutchinson, May 2011 |
Francois Amar, Dept. of Chemistry | Generalist – Physical Sciences | College Chemistry Students’ Understanding and Application of the Relationship Between Algebra and Stoichiometry |

Megan McOsker, August 2009 | Sara Lindsey, School of Marine Biology |
Generalist – Marine Science |
Evaluating student understanding of concepts in sequential marine science courses |

Katherine (Verplanck) Menchen, August 2005 |
John Thompson, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy |
Physics | Investigations of Student Understanding of Sound Propagation and Resonance |

Kendra Michaud, August 2014 | Daniel Capps, College of Education | Generalist – Physics/Mathematics | Using Personal Response Devices as a Method to Study Visitor Experience at Informal Science Learning Environments |

Danielle Miniutti, May 2009 |
Molly Schauffler, School of Earth and Climate Sciences | Generalist – Life Sciences | Evaluation of the Aquatic Invaders in Maine Teacher Workshop Research |

Nitisha Mitchell, August 2013 | Leonard Kass, School of Biology | Generalist – Life Sciences | Student Understanding of Cardiovascular Physiology: The relationship between pressure, flow, and resistance |

Jonathan Moyer, May 2007 |
John Thompson, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy |
Physics | A comparative study of how high school students understand stem cells |

Casey Murphy, May 2011 | Michael Wittmann, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy | Generalist – Science | Answer-Seeking and Idea-Constructing during Collaborative Active-Learning Activities in a Physics Laboratory |

Michael Murphy, December 2005 | Michael Wittmann Dept. of Physics & Astronomy |
Generalist – Mathematics/Physics | Measuring the Effects of Mathematics Instruction in a Physics Classroom with Mathematics and Physics Diagnostics |

Bhupendra Nagpure August 2008 |
John Thompson, Dept of Physics & Astronomy |
Generalist – Physics/Mathematics | The effects of reasoning about vector components on student understanding of two-dimensional acceleration |

David Nelson August 2006 | John Thompson, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy |
Generalist – Mathematics/Science | Effect of a Concentrated In-Service Elementary Teacher Force and Motion Workshop |

Michael O’Brien, May 2006 | John Thompson, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy |
Physics | An investigation into the effectiveness of Physics First in Maine |

Jessica Odell, August 2005 | Michael Wittmann, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy |
Generalist – Biology | Student Understanding of Conservation of Mass/Energy in Introductory University Science Courses |

Jeffrey Owen, December 2003 | Steve Norton, School of Earth and Climate Sciences |
Earth Science | Design, Implementation and Assessment of an Earth Systems Science Course for Secondary Teachers |

Jonathan Pratt, December 2006 |
Steve Norton, School of Earth and Climate Sciences |
Generalist – Biology | Zebrafish teratogenesis as a secondary-level science inquiry curriculum |

Elliot Rappaport, December 2007 | Kirk Maasch, School of Earth and Climate Sciences |
Generalist – Physics/Astronomy, Earth Sciences |
Understanding Weather: Phase Changes of Water in the Atmosphere |

Daniel Reed, August 2007 |
Michael Wittmann, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy |
Physics | Evaluating Factors Contributing to Engineering Technology Students’ Introductory Physics Experience |

Eleanor Sayre, August 2005 |
Michael Wittmann, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy |
Physics | Resource Selection in Nearly-Novel Situations |

Lisa Schultz, August 2009 |
Molly Schauffler, School of Earth and Climate Sciences |
Generalist – Physics/Mathematics | Understanding student knowledge about the Greenhouse Effect using a computer model |

Trevor Smith, May 2007 |
Michael Wittmann, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy |
Generalist – Physics/Mathematics | Comparing the Effectiveness of Research-based Curricula for Teaching Introductory Mechanics |

Karen Snyder, May 2006 | Tod Shockey, Dept. of Mathematics |
Mathematics | Reactions and Roles of Students and Instructors in a pilot computer-based college algebra course |

Medea Steinman, May 2007 | Molly Schauffler, School of Earth and Climate Sciences | Generalist – Life Sciences | Using Online Data to Teach Science Skills to Secondary School Students |

Adrienne Traxler, May 2006 |
John Thompson, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy |
Physics | Assessment and Modification of an Introductory Astronomy Laboratory Lesson on Astronomical Time-Keeping |

Joel Van Deventer, August 2008 | Michael Wittmann, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy |
Generalist – Mathematics/Physics | Comparing student performance on isomorphic math and physics vector representations |

Ryan Weatherbee, May 2015 | Sara Lindsay, School of Marine Sciences | Generalist – Marine Sciences | A Cross-Sectional Assessment of Student Content Knowledge in an Undergraduate Marine Science Program |

Adam Zukowski, August 2008 | Eric Pandiscio, College of Education |
Mathematics | Attitude and learning at Upward Bound in the field of Mathematics and Statistics |