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.
  • 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 
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    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 

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
Rising Tide Award presented to Vickie Koehler
At the 6th annual Patient Safety Academy on September 23rd, two Rising Tide Award winners were honored. Held on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus, the Patient Safety Academy is an annual interdisciplinary meeting that brings together healthcare professionals, students, academics and consumer advocates to explore best practices in patient safety and quality improvement. The Rising Tide award is presented to individuals or groups that advance patient safety through leadership, dedication and innovation. This year’s awardees were peer-nominated and exemplify the patient safety movement in Maine. Vickie Koehler, employee health nurse at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick received the first Rising Tide Award. The second Rising Tide Award was presented to Becky Martins of Warren, Maine. Becky is an active and effective advocate for consumers. Patient Safety Academy Director, Judy Tupper said, “We congratulate Vickie and Becky for their outstanding work, not only in the realm of patient safety, but in their everyday efforts to improve the healthcare of all Mainers.”
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.

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.