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The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center)

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The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center)
provides an integrated approach to University-based research and professional development in science and mathematics education. The Center is a joint effort of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Development and College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture.  The activities of the Center bring together faculty from the science and mathematics disciplines with faculty from education.  With this combination of resources, the Center is reevaluating and reforming introductory level science and mathematics  courses, establishing new practices for K-12 science teacher preparation, and building infrastructure with teachers, schools, and administrators throughout the state.

Activities undertaken by the Center are targeted to create attractive, content-rich teacher preparation and continuing education options for mathematics and science teachers. The Center is working to develop well-qualified science and mathematics teachers for grades K-12 and to spearhead the development of coherent, developmentally appropriate curricula for mathematics and science.

You can find us by accessing the Current RiSE Parking Map


Director: Susan McKay, 207-581-4678
Administrative Specialist:


A partnership bringing together over 45 rural Maine schools, the University of Maine, three Maine non-profits with expertise in science education, and science and technology leaders at the Maine Department of Education to target the teaching and learning of physical sciences in grades 6-9 and the preparation of science teachers at the University of Maine.  To find out more about this partnership, click on the link above.

The Maine Elementary Sciences Partnership (MaineESP) is an exciting expansion project of the MainePSP. Supported for three years by a $1.7M grant from the Maine Department of Education’s Math Science Partnership Program, the MaineESP seeks to create an infrastructure to strengthen rural science education in grades PK-5. To find out more about this partnership, click on the link above.

Job Opportunities
All professional positions are filled at this time.



RiSE Faculty Receiving Promotion and/or Tenure
UMaine News, March 23, 2016

Smith to mentor JAX postdoc about active learning techniques
UMaine News, March 2, 2016

NSF Teaching Fellowship Program to Improve STEM education in rural schools
UMaine News, February 29, 2016

UMaine gets grant to boost STEM Education in rural schools
Bangor Daily News, February 26, 2016

STEM Partners
UMaine News, Engineering Magazine 2015

Wittmann named American Physical Society Fellow
UMaine News, October 8, 2015

Maine Physical Sciences Partnership (MainePSP) receives $2M to continue advancing STEM Education
UMaine News, September 30, 2015

Click. Michelle Smith leads charge for active learning in science education
by Beth Staples, UMaineTODAY, Spring/Summer 2015


News Archives


Maine RiSE Center Colloquia & Seminar Series:
3:00-4:00 pm, First Monday of the month in the Arthur St. John Hill Auditorium,
165 Barrows Hall (unless otherwise indicated)

November 7: Tim McKay, University of Michigan, Astrophysics

       *The November 7th Colloquium will be held in Bennett Hall Rm. 140

November 28: Alex Friess, University of Maine, Mechanical Engineering

December 5: TBA

February 6: Shawn Laatsch, UMaine, Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium

April 3: Asli Sezen-Barrie, Towson University, Science Education


Upcoming Conferences/Workshops:


Upcoming Thesis Defenses:

None at this time.

Tenure and Promotion for 2016

Tenure and/or promotion have been approved for the following RiSE Center faculty:

John Thompson, Physics – Professor

Michelle Smith, Biological Sciences – Associate Professor with Tenure


 Congratulations to the following MST Students, who will be graduating in 2016:

Gregory Kranich (May 2016)

Justin Lewin (May 2016)


If you see any of these people around campus, congratulate them for a job well done!



Pi Pi Baby

The Resource Coordinator and the Owl Rescue



The Center was created by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Education, Award Number R125K010106.

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Contact Information

The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center)
5727 Estabrooke Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5727
Phone: (207) 581-4672 | Fax: (207) 581-9555E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469