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Summer Undergraduate Research Assistantship - 2012

Highlights from the 2012 SURA Program

In 2012, the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership was once again fortunate to have the participation of six dedicated and enthusiastic undergraduate students.   The 2012 SURA Fellows were Becky Allen, Ashley Ballanger, Divya Bisht, Paige Gallagher, Justin Lewin and Erika Thayer.  The group included five UMaine students and one Colby College student; natives of the U.S. and Canada; two pre-medical students; two College of Education and Human Development pre-service teachers; and biology, physics and engineering students.  All made valuable contributions to K-12 teachers, as part of the Teachers-in-Residence (TiR) Program, and to UMaine research faculty, through their work on a variety of education research projects. Two of the 2012 SURAs continued their involvement with the Maine PSP, and with K-12 teachers, by serving as Teaching Partners in the 2012-2013 academic year.

2012 SURA Cohort with two advisors in front of the bear sculpture on campusRead what the 2012 SURAs had to say about their experience and to see images from the their PPT presentations:

Comments from 2012 SURAs

“I definitely will be a teacher and this was a great learning opportunity for me. This program allowed me to understand what is involved in research. After completing this I am considering grad school and perhaps being a MST student.”

“TiR was a great experience overall. …being with these teachers for 6 weeks has encouraged me to pursue a science education career.”

Highlight: “The Brown-bag lunches where we got to see other graduate students’ research. It helped us get a better picture of the different kinds of education research being done.”

“I really enjoyed my research topic and it was very interesting to me, making it very enjoyable. My advisors were a great help and I always had someone I could talk to and work with.”

“Working with the teachers was a very good learning experience. Also, TiR and Summer Academy really gave us a good understanding of the curriculum.”

Highlight: “Learning from my research; not only the content but the process of researching.”

“I certainly am more interested in both teaching as a profession and educational research. I didn’t even realize the opportunities within educational research, now I feel as though I have a much greater understanding.”

“I enjoyed working with the teachers and getting to know them. They are all great people and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend some time with them. … The beautiful campus of SERC was a great way to start the program.”

“I got to learn about how hard teachers work and how much consideration they give their students.”

Highlight: “The opportunity to do independent research and make a presentation.”

“I really enjoyed working with everyone and my research. I hope to continue to work with the MainePSP; being a teaching partner and SURA again next year. Thank you to everyone!!”


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