Thinking Matters

Thinking Matters will be Friday, April 24, 2015 in the Abromson Center.

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.  It promotes the high quality student-faculty research collaborations and opportunities available to both graduate and undergraduate students. Its 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.

2015 Faculty chairs

Francesca Vassallo, Assoc Prof of History & Political Science,
Rebecca Nisetich, Asst Director of Honors,

2015 Schedule of Events

New this year, Poster Sessions and Oral Presentation Session will run simultaneously during both the morning and afternoon.  Please be sure to check out all our presentations throughout the day.

Submission website is now open.

Abstract submission deadline will be Friday, March 13, 2015 by 4:00pm.

The USM library can provide assistance with abstract writing, poster composition, and oral presentations; please contact Tim Lynch at or Zip Kellogg at for more information.

Attend one of the USM Libraries workshops on how to create your poster using PowerPoint.
       *Wednesday, March 18th at 3:00pm, Gorham Library, Seminar Room
       *Friday, March 20th at 1:00pm, 518 Glickman Library, Portland
For more information contact Bill Grubb, Glickman Library,, 780-4672

Faculty members interested in using Thinking Matters as part of a course, please see suggested guidelines here; contact one of the faculty chairs listed if you have any questions.


Call for Abstracts

Poster Guidelines

Creating Posters Using PowerPoint

Poster Template Guide

USM Logos for Print Usage

Library Thinking Matters Support

Research Mission

To support research, scholarship and creative activity to: promote knowledge, discovery and practical application to advance Maine's economy, communities and the quality of life for Maine citizens; to strengthen classroom education and transform the lives of students through real world learning opportunities; and to support faculty and staff commitment to excellence in scholarly accomplishments regionally, nationally and internationally.