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USM Hosts Annual Thinking Matters Conference

The University of Southern Maine will host this year’s Thinking Matters conference, a student capstone that reflects what is going on all year in academic departments across USM. Thinking Matters will take place on Friday, April 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Poster Session will run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Sullivan Gym on the Portland campus and will feature posters on a variety of topics including “Returning Home: Maine Combat Veterans in the Maine Court System” and “Urban Stormwater and River Quality.”  For a full list of poster presentations go to

The Oral Session will run from 12:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Payson Smith Hall on the Portland campus and discussions will include “Composting on the USM Campus” and “Disaster Preparedness in Rural Communities.”  For a full list of oral presentations go to

Thinking Matters is dedicated to supporting students and helping them to demonstrate how their classroom experiences translate into meaningful, real-life projects.