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Campus Initiatives - Summer Undergraduate Research Assistantship

Each summer, the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership (MainePSP) invites applications from undergraduates in Maine to participate in a seven-week paid Summer Undergraduate Research Assistantship (SURA) on the University of Maine campus. The SURA program offers an opportunity to gain education research experience working with UMaine faculty and to work with K-12 teachers preparing inquiry-oriented science curricula for the upcoming school year.

2013 SURAs in front of UMaine Bear

2013 SURA Fellows (from left): Yi Peng, Eliza Kane, Lindsay Grumbach, Jean Stevens, Paige Gallagher, Scott Merrill

The program begins with an orientation at UMaine, participation in a RiSE Center education research conference, the Summer Academy in Winter Harbor, and then continues with research and K-12 collaborations at the University of Maine.

In the Teachers-in-Residence program SURAs help to develop supporting resources for K-12 teachers.  These supporting materials facilitate teachers’ first experiences using the MainePSP’s instructional resources.  Among other things, the students create documents, modify websites and wikis, research educational resources, work closely with the Next Generation Science Standards aligning activities and lessons, and help develop rubrics.

With the research faculty and graduate students, SURAs work on a wide variety of research topics including analyzing student pre- and post-test data, student and teacher assessments, and data pertaining to teacher journals, clicker responses, and student proficiency with nature-of-science concepts.  The SURAs summarize their research findings in Powerpoint slideshows, which they present to the UMaine research community during their final week.

To read highlights from previous years, click on the links above.  If you are interested in applying for the 2014 program, please click on the above application link.

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