The College of Science, Technology, and Health (CSTH) at the University of Southern Maine provides exciting opportunities for collaboration across disciplines and the development of new and innovative programs in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, nursing, and health. The three schools that comprise the college - the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, the School of Environmental, Health, and Life Sciences, and the School of Nursing share a like-minded mission to educate students in some of the most critical fields for Maine and beyond.
CSTH has created an environment of “engaged learning” that seeks to provide a rich experience as part of a student’s program. Our faculty and staff continue to find ways to engage students and offer learning experiences that enhance and extend learning beyond the boundaries of the traditional classroom, including participation in capstone experiences, service learning opportunities, internships, student competitions, and learning communities.
This can be illustrated in several examples of engaged learning in the college:
- Nursing and athletic training faculty and students travel twice each year to the Dominican Republic. This program allows students to engage in actual practice while providing needed healthcare assistance alongside doctors and other healthcare professionals.
- Teams of students work on projects as part of an activity called “Campus Ventures.” This program is designed to accelerate commercialization by assisting Maine startup companies and supporting university technology transfer projects.
- Students and faculty conduct ongoing energy research projects in a former wood frame residential house on the Gorham Campus. The facility allows students hands-on research experience, as well as being used for demonstrations and workshops in support of our Applied Energy programs.
- Throughout the year undergraduate and graduate students are funded to actively participate in research projects ranging from investigating the impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to analyzing human genetic code in an effort to model the evolutionary path of a disease.
These and other examples illustrate students in the college are engaged in meaningful and significant learning both in and outside the classroom. I encourage you to explore the websites of the departments of CSTH and find out more about the exciting “engaged learning” activities that occur in the College and the students that benefit from those experiences.
Andrew L. Anderson
Dean and Professor