Students having a fun experience in the archaeology lab
Future archaeologists
Environmental Science student Maggie Walsh presents her poster at Thinking Matters 2013
STEM Student
Students participate in research out in the field
Students in the field

The University of Southern Maine supports research, scholarship and creative activity to:

  • Promote knowledge, discovery, and creative solutions that advance Maine's economy, communities, and the quality of life for all Maine citizens;
  • Strengthen classroom education and transform the lives of students through real world learning opportunities; and
  • Support faculty and staff commitment to excellence in scholarly accomplishments regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • globe held in two hands

    A Global Story

    Think of any brainy kid in a movie or TV show, and his/her room always includes a globe. As Matthew Edney, Osher Professor in the History of Cartography, points out, globes are modern symbols of intelligence and curiosity, while in the past their presence in a painting might have signified vanity, worldliness, or even death. More 
  • Glass of Beer

    The Ins and Outs of Fermentation

    Maine is rapidly becoming known for its many craft beer breweries and distilleries, to the delight of both tourists and locals. Associate Professor of Chemistry Luci Benedict has spent the past several years working with Portland-area breweries to promote quality control in their products.  More 

News & Events

Ari Kristinn Jonsson, Rector of RU, Nick Randall, USM Alum, and Glenn Cummings
USM exploring idea of student exchange. "Could we do programs where our students could come for a semester to be able to strengthen their understanding of international economics, food systems, hospitality and tourism and particularly marine resources." - Glenn Cummings
New England Environmental Finance Center
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected the University of Southern Maine as one of nine winners of a grant to support a regional Environmental Finance Center. This is an award renewal for the New England Environmental Finance Center (NE/EFC), so it will continue its work helping local communities in New England identify solutions for financing environmental initiatives.
Photo credit: Tim Greenway    Photo title: Edward Sihler of the Maine Cyber Security Cluster in his classroom at the Portland USM campus.
Maine Cyber Security Cluster (MCSC) initiative at the University of Southern Maine gives students real-world applications. MCSC is headed up by Glenn Wilson, an associate research professor in USM's Department of Technology.

Thinking Matters 2015

Thinking Matters 2015 was held on Friday, April 24, 2015 in the Abromson Center, on the USM Portland Campus.

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.  2016 Thinking Matters information coming soon.