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2012 - 2012 Summer Conference Registration and Lodging Information

Maine Center for Research in STEM Education

Integrating STEM Education Research into Teaching:
Knowledge of Student Thinking
National Conference

University of Maine, Orono, Maine
Wednesday, June 20 – Friday, June 22, 2012

Hosted by the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) and the Jackson Laboratory, with support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation,
Bank of America Company, N.A., Trustee, and the University of Maine

Keynote speakers:

Karen King, Ph.D., Director of Research
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Reston, Virginia

Marianne Wiser, Ph.D., Chair
Associate Professor; Chair, Hiatt School of Psychology
Department of Psychology, Clark University
Worcester, Massachusetts

The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) will host its sixth biennial conference on integrating STEM education research into teaching, Wednesday morning, June 20th through lunch on Friday, June 22nd.  The conference program will consist of a keynote address, contributed and invited talks, workshops, panels and roundtables, a poster session, and evening programs, with ample time for discussion and participant interaction.

The following themes will be the foci of the conference:

  1. Recent findings from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education research.
  2. Using discipline-based education research in middle, secondary, and post-secondary STEM classrooms.
  3. Research supported strategies to increase participation and learning in STEM, particularly among students from under-represented groups.
  4. Strategies for improving student learning in STEM teaching.
  5. Building effective partnerships to implement research-guided practices in the classroom.
  6. Research-supported strategies for STEM teacher preparation and professional development.


Conference Registration Information

  • Registration Fee:  $175
  • Registration fee is waived for in-service middle or high school STEM teachers, curriculum coordinators, University of Maine System (UMS) STEM or STEM education faculty, postdoctoral research associates, RiSE Center staff, UMS undergraduate or graduate students in STEM or STEM education programs, and conference invited speakers.
  • Stipends of $500 and on-campus meals provided to the first 50 in-service teachers who register and participate in the full conference (Wednesday-Friday lunch). Complimentary housing also provided for teachers in this group living more than 30 miles from campus.
    [REGISTRATION UPDATE FOR IN-SERVICE TEACHERS: We have reached our limit of 50 in-service teachers.  However, in-service teachers should continue to register to be put on our waiting list. If someone drops out, the next person on the list would be given the opportunity to attend.]
  • Five travel awards of up to $500 for documented expenses available to graduate students or postdoctoral research associates working in discipline-based education research or the implementation of research-supported pedagogy, curricula, and classroom practices, who give a poster presentation of their research and participate in the full conference (Wed-Friday lunch).
  • Registration includes banquet, reception and poster session, continental breakfast, two lunches, talks and workshops.  Information on CEU’s will be available during the conference.
  • We encourage all participants to submit an abstract for a research  poster for Wednesday evening’s session.  As scheduling permits, some authors will be contacted about the possibility of presenting their work as a contributed talk. See below for more information on submitting an abstract.
  • Participants are also invited to spend an evening exploring space with the Challenger Learning Center in Bangor, ME.  Visit for more information.  The cost to participate is $10 and space is limited.  Registration for this activity is included in the conference online registration form linked below.  To see a short video of what the Challenger Center is all about, click here.
Registration Form
Call for Abstracts

Lodging:  If you are a stipended teacher with confirmed Center-provided housing, you do not need to reserve housing.  All other conference participants are responsible for making their own reservations. A limited number of rooms at the following local hotel have been blocked for the conference:  Black Bear Inn (207-866-7120).  Mention the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (The Maine RiSE Center) Conference to receive the special room rate of $89.85. Hotel reservations must be made by May 20th in order to obtain this rate.  If you have problems with your reservation, please contact us.

Conference Registration deadline: April 15, 2012.

Hotel Reservation deadline: May 20, 2012

Conference registrations will be accepted after April 15th only as space allows. Cancellations received before May 1, 2012 will receive a refund less a $25.00 administrative fee.

Please send payment of $175 (if applicable) to:

2012 RiSE Conference
Leisa Preble, RiSE Center
5784 York Complex #1, University of Maine,
Orono, Maine 04469-5784

Include with payment your complete NAME, ADDRESS, & EMAIL
Please make checks payable to: University of Maine

To send money for the Challenger Learning Center activity, “Rendezvous with a Comet” mission, please send payment by check of $10 (if applicable) to:

Challenger Learning Center
RiSE Conference
Attn: Jennifer Therrien
30 Venture Way
Bangor, ME 04401

Include with payment your complete NAME, ADDRESS, & EMAIL

Please make checks payable to: Challenger Learning Center.
Please note 2012 RiSE Conference in the subject line.

Questions?  Contact:

Leisa Preble, Secretary,, (207)581-4672, or
Erik daSilva, Project Coordinator,



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