Research Learning Experiences (RLEs) invite students to find their passion and make impactful connections through hands-on learning and the creation of new knowledge. Students engage in projects where they can learn by doing, express themselves artistically, contribute to a service initiative, or take part in authentic inquiry through planning, data collection, analysis, and reporting.

UMF incorporates RLEs into the first year experience by including high impact activities (e.g., Fusion Week or other intensive experiential activities) into First Year Seminar courses.

UMF provides sophomores with an “Advanced RLE” delivered through discipline-specific courses. Advanced RLEs engage students with external partners relevant to professional practice and career exploration (especially those that might lead to internships, clinicals, or other non-curricular student experiences). Advanced RLEs may choose to also include a high impact experience.

RLEs are supported by a generous donation from the Harold Alfond Foundation as part of UMS TRANSFORMS.

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Biology - Student Projects

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Seasonal Variability in Peak Flow of Maine Rivers, Brianna L. Benson, Salfa Hendrix, Christopher Houdeshell, Emma Mae Hovencamp, Kaylee M. Perron, and Wyeth Bird Purkiss
Climate Signals in Ecology

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Regional Differences of Climate Change in Maine: Flow rates, Precipitation, and Snowpack, Caitlyn Rose Daigle, Alex James Debo, Jason Daniel Moore, Lucky Mourredes, Cara Wren Perry, Eme L. Saverese, Kennedy Grace Todd, and Sophia Lydia Winters
Climate Signals in Ecology

Music - Student Projects

Salmo Slaar, Sviatoslav Avilov, Caylum Campbell, Rachel Hatfield, Quinn Henderson, Joanna Korasadowicz, and Wiktoria Zachorskia
Music and Environment

Perceptions of Venetianisches Gondellied, op 19 n 6, by Mendelssohn, Gabrielle Bonotto, Derick Cann, Tom Gringas, Stella Houran, Theo Moore, Sarah Otley, Jamie Richardson, and Sara Valle
Music and Environment

Bella Ciao in Three Locations, Truly Chillemi, Riccardo Crisante, Breckon Davidson, Alexander Debo, Nicholas DeMarchi, and Filippo Sciarra
Music and the Environment

Water's Mark, Paz Clark, Davide Fiordaliso, Sylvie Haslam, Jadyn Jacobs, Spencer Scoiett, Emily Small, and Abby Washburn
Music and Environment

All About Keresena, Abigail Antoniani, Isabella Cain, and Kyle Sawyer
FYS 100 - Popular Horror Narratives (Spring 2023)

Doppelgänger, Stephen Ekstrom, David Gadsby, Josh Hebert, Ella Perry, and Arden Weaver
FYS 100 - Popular Horror Narratives (Spring 2023)

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Deep Woods, Brooke Kelley
FYS 100 - Popular Horror Narratives (Spring 2023)

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A Day at the Beach, Emily Keniston
FYS 100 - Popular Horror Narratives (Spring 2023)

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Those Beneath, Dee Lancaster
FYS 100 - Popular Horror Narratives (Spring 2023)

The Mysteries of Lady Nordica, Andrew Collin Reigosa, Amanda Power, Jamie Richardson, Simone Ruediger, and Joseph Seastrand
FYS 100 - Popular Horror Narratives (Spring 2023)

Presentations

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The Good Life Through My Eyes, Emily DiSimone
The Good Life

Psychology - Student Projects

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Belonging with Beavers, Sydney Belanger, Grace Dwyer, Gabbi Fultz, Jennasea Hubbard, Klaus Jacobs, Grace Mahmood, Alex Manthorne, Abby Milner, Mikayla Oliver, Tati Scott, Ella Sibole, Sophie Therrien, and Rhonda Jamison Ph.D.
PSY 284 - Belonging (Spring 2023)

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Did You Get My Text? How text emojis impact perceptions of appropriateness, likeability, social dominance, and creepiness, Sydney Booth, Emma Bourget, Gabbi Fultz, Gabriel Glidden, Tom Gingras, Abby Hanson, Shaylynn Koban, and Tati Scott
PSY 397 - Social Psychology Lab (Spring 2023)

Sustainability - Student Projects

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Recycling and Practicing Sustainability at UMF, Brittany Brown, Madison Farris, Ali Gilman, Paris Howes, Miles Kelleher, Abby Washburn, and Malachi Wilson
FYS 100 Section 13 - Sustainable Campus (Fall 2022)