Research Learning Experience Course Offerings (Fall 2021) – A. Kurbatov & K. Kreutz

Research Learning Experiences

This fall we have big plans for you, our students. We think it is important to provide experiences that give you the chance to open your mind to different ways of learning and to unlock doors to many different horizons. We are kicking off a new tradition for incoming first-year students as well as for our returning second-year students who started in fall 2020 during the pandemic. We are offering tuition free a one-credit fall research learning experience (RLE) course coupled with a one-week residential program. The residential program will take place the week before the fall semester begins.

As can be seen below, there are more than 30 such RLE courses that you can choose from, across a range of disciplines and topics. Don’t know what your major is yet? No worries: explore, try something new, follow a lead and see where it takes you. If you do have an area of interest, take a deeper dive. Either way, enjoy the ride.

Sign up for one of these experiences to start getting engaged: engaged in research, in creativity, in your communities, and in building a mindset that will help you solve problems for life.

Below are the  Research Learning Experience course offerings by Drs. Andrei Kurbatov and Karl Kreutz:


Solve environmental problems

RLE 15: iEGarage: Innovation in the Earth Garage

Learn a 21st-century problem-solving approach to help solve urgent environmental challenges. Immerse in an Earth science innovation curriculum with a set of compelling research problems formulated and presented by UMaine faculty members and an Innovation Engineering process to solve them. Select one semester-long topic and navigate a world of interdisciplinary challenges, in consultation with a campuswide framework of faculty researchers and facilities.

MaineStreet Designator: RLE 150 (Course #11763)





Explore Maine, Sea to Summit

RLE 17: Maine Coast-to-Katahdin Geoscience Experience

Visit three iconic locations in Maine — Acadia National Park, the Penobscot River, and Baxter State Park — to explore a range of Earth observations and work as part of a team to generate new knowledge. Learn how Maine’s landscape provides vivid examples of the forces that shape our planet and influence society.

MaineStreet Designator: RLE 150 (Course #11757)