Thinking Matters

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.

The next installment of Thinking Matters scheduled for Friday, April 25, 2014.

2014 Faculty chairs

Benjamin Bertram, 780-4944,

Terry Theodose, 780-4074,

2014 Schedule of Events

Thinking Matters Schedule

UPDATED Poster Directory

Poster Session Directory - Sullivan Gym

UPDATED Oral Panels

Oral Session Panels - Payson Smith Hall

Please View Presentation Abstracts Here:
Thinking Matters 2014 Abstract Book

Submission website is now closed.

Abstract submission deadline was March 6, 2014

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

Faculty members interested in using Thinking Matters as part of a course, please see suggested guidelines here; contact one of the faculty chairs listed if you have any questions.

Contact if you need PowerPoint poster template. 


Call for Abstracts

Poster Guidelines

Creating Posters Using PowerPoint

Poster Template Guide

USM Logos for Print Usage

Library Thinking Matters Support

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.