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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

 

 

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