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Summer Undergraduate Research Assistantship - 2014

Highlights from the 2014 SURA Program

In 2014, the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership welcomed five talented undergraduate students to the SURA program.  The 2014 SURA Fellows were Samantha DuntoGroup of college students standing on stairs on front of brick building.n, Charlotte Kleiman, Scott Merrill, Phong Nguyen and Adam Rogers.  With the exception of Charlotte Kleiman who was from Bowdoin college, all the students hailed from the University of Maine.  There was quite  a variety of academic experience with students majoring in Secondary Education (double major in Elementary Education), Mathematics, Biology, Chemical Engineering (double major in Chemistry) and Earth Sciences.  They made valuable contributions to K-12 teachers, as part of the Teachers-in-Residence (TiR) Program, and all did a truly outstanding job with their research and in delivering their final presentations to the MainePSP research community.  A few of the 2014 SURAS have continued their collaborations with research faculty following their SURA research experiences.

Comments from 2014 SURAs

“The conference and Summer Academy were especially useful. It was very valuable to network with teachers.”

“The TiR session was extremely helpful. I got to work with teachers on planning assessments that were directly tied to curriculum. This was very helpful in getting a realistic picture of what teaching really is.”

Highlights: “Visiting the Schoodic research facility.”

“I truly enjoyed being able to discuss my research from the previous year and help guide the others in what their presentation should look like.  I also enjoyed the feedback and discussion I had with those who attended my presentation during the time after all presentations were completed.”

Highlights: “Collaborating with teachers and presenting my research.”

“I thought working with the EarthComm teachers was extremely beneficial. As I want to be a teacher in the future, I thought that I gained many valuable experiences reinforcing my aspirations. Furthermore, working with the teachers made me feel more like the research I was performing was somehow pertinent to the teachers.”

“I had a great experience with my mentor and research. I learned a lot about techniques in educational research and about my topic in general. It was exciting to analyze data to answer my research questions.”


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