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Maine Center for Research in STEM Education

National Conference 2014

Maine Center for Research in STEM Education - Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

2014 RiSE National Conference

Integrating STEM Education Research and Teaching:
Using Assessment to Guide Practice

University of Maine, Orono, Maine
Friday, June 20 – Sunday, June 22, 2014

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 23, 2014

Hosted by the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center),
in partnership with the Jackson Laboratory,
with support from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Bank of America Company, N.A., Trustee,
the Hertz Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation,and the University of Maine.

 The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) will host its seventh biennial conference Friday evening, June 20th through lunch on Sunday, June 22nd.  The conference program will consist of a keynote address, invited talks, workshops, panels and roundtables, a poster session, and evening programs, with ample time for discussion and participant interaction. This conference brings together discipline-based education researchers and STEM educators at the middle, high school, and post-secondary levels.

The following themes will be part 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.

Keynote Speakers:
Dale Baker, Keynote, Arizona State University
Michael Piburn, Keynote, Arizona State University




Conference registration information

  • Registration Fee:  $150*
  • * Registration fee is waived for in-service middle or high school STEM teachers, curriculum coordinators, University of Maine System (UMS) STEM or STEM education faculty, postdoctoral research associates, and staff, UMS undergraduate or graduate students in STEM or STEM education programs, and conference invited speakers.
  • Stipends of $400 and on-campus meals will be provided to the first 50 in-service teachers who register and participate in the full conference (Friday evening banquet through Sunday lunch). Complimentary housing will also be provided for teachers in this group living more than 30 miles from campus.
  • Ten travel awards of up to $500 for documented expenses are available to graduate students or postdoctoral research associates working in discipline-based education research or the implementation of research-supported pedagogy, curricula, and classroom practices, who give a poster presentation of their research and participate in the full conference (Friday evening – Sunday lunch).
  • We encourage participants to submit an abstract for a poster for Saturday evening’s poster session.
  • Registration includes the banquet, reception and poster session, continental breakfast, two lunches, talks and workshops.  Information on CEU’s will be available during the conference.

Registration deadline: Friday, May 23, 2014.
Registrations will be accepted after May 23rd only if space is available. Cancellations received before June 1, 2014 will receive a refund less a $25.00 administrative fee.

Lodging:  If you are a stipended teacher with confirmed Center-provided housing, you do not need to reserve housing.  Housing at the Edith Patch apartments here on campus will be provided for you.  Invited speakers do not need to reserve housing, as we have rooms already reserved at the University Inn Suites in Orono.  All other conference participants are responsible for making their own reservations. A limited number of rooms have been blocked for the conference at the University Inn (207-866-4921).  Mention the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) Summer Conference to receive the special room rate of $102.00.  Reservations must be made by June 1 in order to obtain this rate.  If you have problems with your reservation, please contact Leisa Preble at (207)581-4672.

Please send payment by check of $150 (if applicable) to:

2014 RiSE Conference
Leisa Preble, Maine RiSE Center,
5727 Estabrooke Hall, University of Maine,
Orono, Maine 04469-5727

Include with payment your complete NAME, ADDRESS, & EMAIL
Please make checks payable to the University of Maine

Questions? Contact:

Leisa Preble, RiSE Center Secretary, (207) 581-4672, OR Jon Janelle, Conference Coordinator,


List of confirmed speakers for the 2014 RiSE National Conference:

Diana Arya, Workshop, University of Colorado Boulder
Dale Baker, Keynote + Workshop, Arizona State University
Daniel Bragdon, Speaker + Workshop, University of Maine
Glenn Colby, Speaker + Workshop, University of Colorado-Boulder
Deborah Herrington, Speaker + Workshop, Grand Valley State University
Jon Janelle, Workshop, University of Maine
Tammy Long, Speaker + Workshop, Michigan State University
Andrew Maul, Speaker, University of Colorado Boulder
Michael Piburn, Keynote, Arizona State University
Luanna Prevost, Speaker + Workshop, University of South Florida
Molly Schauffler, Workshop, University of Maine
Michelle Smith, Workshop, University of Maine
Natasha Speer, Workshop, University of Maine
Hannah Webber, Workshop, University of Maine
Ellen Yezierski, Speaker + Workshop, Miami University


Acknowledgement of Support

 We are very grateful to the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, and the Hertz Foundation for their generous sponsorship of this conference.

We also greatly appreciate the contributions received from the following University of Maine supporters:

 Office of the Provost

Office of the Vice President for Research

College of Education and Human Development

College of Engineering

School of Biology and Ecology

Department of Chemistry

School of Earth and Climate Sciences

School of Marine Sciences

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Maine Center for Research in STEM Education