Thinking Matters

Apply and Prepare


Thinking Matters is a Research Symposium that allows students and faculty to share their work with each other, their colleagues, and the general public.  We encourage research and creative submissions. Students may present their work in a poster or oral presentation format.

Abstract for Thinking Matters presentations may be uploaded to Digital Commons starting February 5, 2021. Create your Digital Commons account, then upload the abstract.  When the abstract has been reviewed and approved, the presentation can be uploaded to Digital Commons.

Digital Commons: How to Submit Presentations and How to Revise Submissions (pdf)


There are a number of resources at the University to help you prepare for your presentation.  

USM Library Resources

Additional Resources

Research with Human Subjects or Vertibrate Animals

Research with human subjects or vertibrate animals should have board approval. Your faculty advisor is there to help! 

Contact the Office of Research Integrity and Outreach (ORIO)

Research with Human Subjects

Research with human subjects should have an Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. Your faculty advisor is there to help! 

Review submission to the IRB process and resources

Contact the Office of Research Integrity and Outreach (ORIO)

Digital Commons

Get the most out of your research with Digital Commons—a web-based, open-access institutional repository that is managed by USM Libraries. Content within Digital Commons is highly searchable in web browsers and is fully indexed with Google and Google Scholar, which gives your work the potential to reach a global audience.  Student research is the most popular materials on the USM Digital Commons.

By adding your research to Digital Commons, your work has a visible and lasting home where your accomplishments can be shared with potential employers, graduate schools, added to your resume or e-portfolio, or shared with whoever you want to know about your great Thinking Matters work.

All presentations will be shared to Digital Commons, as the host of Thinking Matters!