Thinking Matters

Thinking Matters will be Friday, April 24, 2015 in the Abromson Center.

Thinking Matters 2015

Innovative teaching and creative work – whether in a classroom, in a lab or in a studio – are the heart of any dynamic university culture.  At University of Southern Maine, it is showcased at Thinking Matters, a one-day, once-a-year conference, that is a capstone that reflects what's going on all year long in departments all across campus.  It promotes the high quality student-faculty research collaborations and opportunities available to both graduate and undergraduate students. Its an event that allows students and faculty to share their work with each other, their colleagues, and the general public. Students are encouraged to participate and present their research as posters or oral sessions.

2015 Faculty chair

Rebecca Nisetich, Asst Director of Honors Program,

2015 Event Schedules

Thinking Matters 2015 Program-- includes full list of day's events and presentation abstracts

Oral Session Schedule

Poster Session Schedule

New for 2015!

New this year, Poster Sessions and Oral Presentation Session will run simultaneously during both the morning and afternoon.  Please be sure to check out all our presentations throughout the day.

This year's featured speaker, Patrick Arnold, President & CEO of Soli DG, Inc., will take the stage at Hannaford Hall at 12:30 p.m. New this year, a bagged lunch will be provided to those in attendance at the talk.

See our YouTube video:
Thinking Matters at USM    

  Thinking Matters 2015

Abstract submission website is now CLOSED.

Abstract submission deadline has passed, and late submissions are not permitted.

Poster Submission deadline was Wednesday, April 8th at 11:00pm.

The USM library can provide assistance with abstract writing, poster composition, and oral presentations; please contact Tim Lynch at or Zip Kellogg at for more information.

Attend one of the USM Libraries workshops on how to create your poster using PowerPoint.
       *Wednesday, March 18th at 3:00pm, Gorham Library, Seminar Room
       *Friday, March 20th at 1:00pm, 518 Glickman Library, Portland

For more information contact Bill Grubb, Glickman Library,, 780-4672


Call for Abstracts

Poster Guidelines

Creating Posters Using PowerPoint

Poster Template Guide

USM Logos for Print Usage 

About Patrick Arnold:

Patrick Arnold, President & CEO, Soli DG, Inc. has over 15 years of experience in maritime industry, and has managed the operations at the International Marine Terminal since 2009. Starting with Eimskip's arrival to Portland, Patrick has worked to enhance international trade connections to foster economic development with a focus on the North Atlantic and Arctic regions. He was invited to speak at the 2014 Arctic Circle Conference, and testified before the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on opportunities in the arctic in March 2015. Patrick advocates the need for careful research associated with Arctic opportunities; More needs to be done to mitigate human contribution to climate change while at the same time adapting to it. Changes in the Arctic affect us all, an increased awareness will lead to new economic opportunities, new educational opportunities and new leadership opportunities for the State of Maine.

Talk summary:

Arctic change is happening rapidly, and how we react matters. We need commercial and political solutions that are adaptive, profitable, and sustainable. To do this requires technical and cultural research. If we combine those two forms of research and apply it commercially and diplomatically, the US and Maine will be successful global leaders in the development of the arctic. This approach is called Integrated Strategic Development, and we believe it's the most sustainable way forward. But it doesn't just happen on it's own. It needs constant, thoughtful communication between researchers and entrepreneurs. We need to make thinking matter.

Research Mission

To support research, scholarship and creative activity to: promote knowledge, discovery and practical application to advance Maine's economy, communities and the quality of life for Maine citizens; to strengthen classroom education and transform the lives of students through real world learning opportunities; and to support faculty and staff commitment to excellence in scholarly accomplishments regionally, nationally and internationally.