University Programs

The RiSE Center works closely with STEM administration, faculty, and students to promote the use of evidence-based STEM instructional practices at the undergraduate level.  Ongoing research (by RiSE Faculty as well as scholars at institutions across the world) is used to inform, design, and evaluate our University Programs.

FIG-MLA Program

A highly successful program to assist faculty with implementing evidence-based instructional practices, such as student-centered classroom engagement, with the use of undergraduate students as peer mentors:

  • Faculty course modification Incentive Grant (FIG): supports faculty with implementing evidence-based instructional practices
  • Maine Learning Assistants (MLA): opportunity for undergraduate students to serve as peer mentors and support FIG faculty

See the FIG-MLA pages for more information and interviews with faculty and Maine Learning Assistants.

University Classroom Observation Program (UCOP)

  • Brings middle and high school teachers to the UMaine campus to observe instruction in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses.
  • See the UCOP page for more information, the observation protocol used, and publications with findings so far from this reciprocal learning and research program.

University Professional Development

  • Data-driven learning opportunities for STEM instructors, staff, undergraduate and graduate students at UMaine.
  • See the Professional Development page for more information about our Teaching Symposium and other opportunities.