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Maine Center for Research in STEM Education

National Conference 2012

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 (The Maine RiSE Center) and The Jackson Laboratory, with support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Bank of America Company, trustee of the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, 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 keynote addresses, 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.






The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) and the Jackson Laboratory gratefully acknowledge the financial support for this conference from:


The Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation

National Science Foundation Award #0904155 to Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine


The RiSE Center would like to express appreciation to the following units for their financial support for the conference and their collaboration:


Office of the Provost, University of Maine

College of Education and Human Development, University of Maine

College of Engineering, University of Maine

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Maine

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture, University of Maine

Department of Chemistry, University of Maine

Department of Earth Sciences, University of Maine

School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Maine


We would also like to recognize other active supporters of the RiSE Center and its programs:


School of Biology and Ecology, University of Maine

Graduate School, University of Maine

Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Maine