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Welcome to the 2017 UMaine Student Symposium: Research and Creative Activity electronic event program. This electronic program includes student abstracts, student presentation style descriptions, and presentation schedules. It also includes a map of the venue layout, schedule of the entire day’s events and programs, as well as details and information regarding our sponsors and selected university programs.

We hope you enjoy a full day of student presentations, guest speakers, award ceremonies, and the chance to network with UMaine students, faculty, staff, as well as local and state industry and community leaders! 
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Monday, April 24 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Oral Presentations – Education

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Speakers
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Brandon Clark

Mathematics, Physics, 10:45AM-12:00PM
ODE to Applied Physics: The Intellectual Pathway of Differential Equations in Mathematics and Physics Courses: Existing Curriculum and Proposed Instructional Strategies | | Research on the learning and teaching of STEM topics has traditionally focused on large-enrollment introductory courses. The National Academies recently recommended an increased focus on research beyond introductory courses as well as interdisciplinary efforts. Researchers in undergraduate mathematics education have put out a specific call to action for research in differential equations. In an attempt to show the interconnectedness of ideas in differential equations central to mathematics and physics, I am exploring the implementation of differential equations in mathematics and physics courses. Research on student learning suggests that to improve student understanding, educators should use multiple representations (i.e., analytical, graphical, numerical) in instruction. Students come from a variety of educational backgrounds; there is generally not one method of solution or representation that will satisfy each... Read More →
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Yarissa I. Ortiz-Vidal

PhD in Higher Education, 10:45AM-12:00PM
Pushing Boundaries and Redefining Cultural Wealth | | Latinos’ cultural wealth in the United States has been looked at from a perspective of deficit, one of cultural poverty and disadvantages. As the US Latino population continues to increase, so does the need to ensure this... Read More →
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Betsy Trenkman

Master of Science in Teaching, 10:45AM-12:00PM
Collaborating Across the University of Maine System to Improve Student Understanding of the Role of Energy and Matter in Photosynthesis | | A recent assessment of 715 undergraduate biology students from six campuses in the University of Maine System revealed that they struggle to understand the roles of nutrients, carbon dioxide, and light energy in plant growth and how rising levels of global atmospheric carbon dioxide are predicted to impact aspects of... Read More →
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Paul Wilson

Master of Science in Teaching, 10:45AM-12:00PM
Self-Efficacy of Secondary Teachers Regarding the Teaching of Energy Concepts | | Aside from having specialized and pedagogical content knowledge, successful teachers must also have a degree of self-efficacy in their ability to teach the subject matter. This presentation will describe how three middle school teachers working as a group were able to grow their self-efficacy by piecing together elements of their existing knowledge to form a coherent model for the Law of Conservation of Energy. This case study is based on an audio recording of these teachers taken during a professional development workshop. This was one of a series of workshops administered in the greater Bangor area in which secondary-level teachers completed a survey pertaining to energy concepts in physics. Over the course of the workshop, these three teachers experienced a significant improvement in self-efficacy with regard to their proficiency in the subject matter. We describe the process through which this transformation occurred. During the workshop, the three teachers were able to identify several crucial energy concepts, which they pieced together to form an operational definition of energy conservation over the course of answering the survey. At one point, these... Read More →

Session Chair
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Betsy Trenkman

Master of Science in Teaching, 10:45AM-12:00PM
Collaborating Across the University of Maine System to Improve Student Understanding of the Role of Energy and Matter in Photosynthesis | | A recent assessment of 715 undergraduate biology students from six campuses in the University of Maine System revealed that they struggle to understand the roles of nutrients, carbon dioxide, and light energy in plant growth and how rising levels of global atmospheric carbon dioxide are predicted to impact aspects of... Read More →

Judges

Monday April 24, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Room 1

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