News Archive


November 2018

RiSE Center receives $1.25 million to study integration of science and computer science instruction

April 2018

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture names Michelle Smith winner of 2018 Outstanding Teaching Award

Inside Higher Ed article regarding Science article, “Lecture Instruction: Alive and Not So Well.”

UMaine and RiSE Center discipline-based education researchers, Michelle Smith, MacKenzie Stetzer, and Erin Vinson, co-author paper published in Science, “Anatomy of STEM teaching in North American universities.”

March 2018

UMaine News article about University of Maine System faculty collaboration on CourseSource teaching activity, “Faculty collaborate to effectively teach core biology concepts.”

University of Maine System faculty collaborate to publish an evidence-based teaching activity in CourseSource, “Using Place-Based Economically Relevant Organisms to Improve Student Understanding of the Roles of Carbon Dioxide, Sunlight, and Nutrients in Photosynthetic Organisms”

February 2018

Master of Science in Teaching graduate student, Ken Akiha, publishes paper in Frontiers, “What Types of Instructional Shifts Do Students Experience? Investigating Active Learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Classes across Key Transition Points from Middle School to the University Level.”


November 2017

Genetics Society of America interviews Michelle Smith on Mentoring Postdocs and Faculty to Promote Active Learning

UMaine News, November 14th, 2017

Current and Former MST Students Design 4H Science Activities to Engage Students Statewide! 

November 2017

Michelle Smith Interviewed for Podcast!

September 2017

Ken Akiha Invited to Give Special Seminar on His MST Thesis Research

Smith’s project will connect college, high school instructors to improve success of STEM students

UMaine News, July 28th, 2017

Undergraduate, graduate students receive awards at 2017 UMaine Student Symposium

UMaine News, April 28th, 2017

Elizabeth Trenckmann, an MST student, received two awards at the recent University of Maine Student Symposium, Best in Category and the President’s Research Impact Award.

Her research, titled “Collaborating Across the University of Maine System to Improve Student Understanding of the Role of Energy and Matter in Photosynthesis” was advised by Michelle Smith, a faculty member of the RiSE Center, who received the two awards alongside Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Trenckmann was also recently interviewed by WABI on her recent 2017 UMaine Student Symposium awards:  “Ahead of UMaine Graduation, Future Teacher Stands Out Among Peers”

UMaine News, April 4th, 2017

RiSE Center announces FIG-MLA Program awardees

UMaine News, March 30, 2017

Fifteen UMaine faculty members receive tenure and/or promotion …

UMaine News, March 15, 2017

Nelson, Dragonfly Mercury Project cited in National Parks … – Orono

UMaine News, January 23, 2017

Faculty’s active-learning lesson improves student understanding of …


UMaine News, September 6, 2016

NSF grant funds STEM education project in chemistry – UMaine …

UMaine News, May 23, 2016

Old Town High School students to present research as part of …

UMaine News, March 23, 2016

RiSE Faculty Receiving Promotion and/or Tenure

UMaine News, March 2, 2016

Smith to mentor JAX postdoc about active learning techniques

UMaine News, February 29, 2016

NSF Teaching Fellowship Program to Improve STEM education in rural schools

Bangor Daily News, February 26, 2016

UMaine gets grant to boost STEM Education in rural schools


UMaine News, Engineering Magazine 2015

STEM Partners

UMaine News, October 8, 2015

Wittmann named American Physical Society Fellow

UMaine News, September 30, 2015

Maine Physical Sciences Partnership (MainePSP) receives $2M to continue advancing STEM Education

UMaineTODAY, Spring/Summer 2015

Click. Michelle Smith leads charge for active learning in science education