Student Research

Student doing research through a microscope


Students at USM have multiple opportunities to work closely with faculty and other students to go beyond the classroom to real world learning experiences. Through participating in research initiatives, students are able to advance their research skills, define their own academic interests and objectives, and become part of the larger university research community.



 Opportunities for Student Research

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 the University of Southern Maine, the showcase for scholarship and creativity is Thinking Matters, a one-day, once-a-year student-faculty research symposium that reflects exciting innovative work from departments all across the University.

Watch this YouTube video about Thinking Matters 2016

To learn more about Thinking Matters, click here.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program(UROP)

Group of students listen to a UROP presentationThe Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at USM enables undergraduate students to design and run their own research projects in collaboration with a faculty member. Awardees receive generous funding for an academic year that includes a stipend, materials/equipment and travel budget. The UROP fellowship award is a valuable opportunity to learn how to design and implement a project, collaborate with peers and faculty, and present research, scholarship or creative work at conferences. The program can have a positive impact on career development, graduate school admissions, and post-graduate job opportunities.

For further information about program details, eligibility, and the application process, click here

 Maine Space Grant Consortium Scholarship & Fellowship Program at USM

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) provides funding to the Maine Space Grant Consortium (MSGS) in order to support undergraduate student projects within NASA’s four broad mission areas.  These center on research activities in aeronautics, exploration systems, science, and space operations.  Importantly these mission goals are very broad and can include a wide spectrum of projects within STEM disciplines, social sciences and humanities, including the science education, science and technology-related product and process design across areas with engineering, biotechnology, and sustainability-related research. 

The MSGC award specifically seeks men and women to apply from underrepresented programs and minority populations, including African American, Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander.  The MSGC strongly encourages the integration of STEM, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in this program. 

For further information about program details, eligibility, and the application process, please contact Professor Bruce Thompson, 207-780-4739,