Honors Program

Thinking Matters

Thinking Matters is an annual student research symposium that showcases innovative learning and creativity.

High-quality student-faculty research collaborations and opportunities are available to both graduate and undergraduate students. It’s 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. This year’s Thinking Matters is scheduled for Friday, April 20, 2018

The deadline to submit posters for approved abstracts is MARCH 23, 2018

If you would like USM to print your poster free of charge, please submit here: https://webapp.usm.maine.edu/ThinkingMatters

Poster submission is only required for poster presentations. Oral presenters do not need to submit a poster.

Thinking Matters Poster & Oral Presentation Workshops!

Do you need guidance on creating engaging research posters? Would you like to improve your oral presentation skills? Join Bill Grubb and Sarah Lucchesi for some tips and tricks for preparing posters and presenting research orally! (see workshop details below)

Preparing Posters Workshop with Bill Grubb
Bill's workshop will teach students how to create compelling poster presentations.
When: Monday, March 19th, 10:00am-11:00am
Where: Glickman Library, Room 518
When:Thursday, March 29th 12:00pm-1:00pm
Where: Glickman Library, Room 518

Preparing Oral Presentations Workshop with Sarah Lucchesi
Join Sarah for a one-hour oral presentation workshop. We will focus on body language, speech patterns, rhetorical strategies, presentation structure, and visual aids as keys to a successful talk.
When: Thursday, March 22nd, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Where: Luther Bonney, Room 327
When: Monday, March 26th, 10:00am-11:00am
Where: Luther Bonney, Room 237

Need help or have a question about Thinking Matters?

Refer to the resources below or contact us at thinkingmatters@maine.edu


Abromson Hall echoed with the sound of excitement as students from all disciplines and departments presented their innovative and creative capstone posters and oral presentations. For Thinking Matters 2016, students investigated a wide variety of topics, from fighting Ebola to investigating sex trafficking to even creating an adjustable robotic arm. 

To check out the range of research topics from Thinking Matters 2017 click here


The University of Southern Maine shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or citizenship status, age, disability, or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other areas of the University. Participants or attendees with a disability should contact Dr. Rebecca Nisetich, 780-4189, with requests or questions about accommodations.