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Faculty Scholarship & Creative Activity

Our University faculty expand and share their knowledge and expertise by contributing to industry, science, technology, and the arts–and they bring their tangible work into the classroom.

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Student Research Experiences

Our undergraduate and graduate-level students have significant opportunities at USM to work alongside faculty scholars and researchers to get hands-on experience in a supportive environment.

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Externally-Funded Research

Approximately 70% of USM’s grant and research activities are led by staff members at the Catherine Cutler Institute where multi-disciplinary teams find practical solutions to real-world issues.

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USM partners with over 100 unique funders, from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. Department of Education, and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to local businesses and organizations like IDEXX, Bangor Savings Bank, and the John T. Gorman Foundation.

Our Office of Research proudly works in partnership with academic programs at the University of Southern Maine to expand research across all colleges and disciplines.


We build USM’s capacity for research and scholarship by assisting faculty and staff find funding and develop proposals that provide hands-on learning opportunities for students.


We invest in unique economic development initiatives through MEIF funding to seed, pilot, and scale grants that improve the University, community, and nation.


Our Research Service Center provides financial management assistance for project staff from
proposal development to execution by administering funded research, grants, and contracts