Regional Math and Science Center

Teacher Opportunities

Annual Programs


Sam Rhine Genetic Update Conference
New technologies for fighting cancer

Presenter Sam Rhine, founder of the Genetic Education Center, is back by popular demand to talk about the latest in genetic research. This will be Sam Rhine’s 25th year of presenting the latest genetic information to high school students and their teachers.

The target audience is usually Biology and AP Biology classes but will be of interest to all college bound students. Students interested in pre-professional tracts and Science Olympiad have found the conference to be of value.

The four hour conference begins with some basic background information and then progresses into the latest genetic information available.


8:30 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 9:30

Emerging New Concepts in Molecular Biology:
  Coding v. Non-coding DNA
  MicroRNA and Gene Control

9:30 - 10:00 Cell Cycle Control, Cell Signal Transduction and Cancer
10:00 - 10:30 How Genes Cause Cancer: Oncogenes
10:30 - 10:40 Break
10:40 - 11:30 How Genes Cause Cancer: Tumor Suppressor Genes
11:30 - 12:30 Stem Cells as a Cause of Cancer / as a Therapy for Cancer
12:30 - 1:00 New Ways to Create Pluripotent Stem Cells

For more information on Sam Rhine, visit his website


Applications of HPC, Grids, and Parallel Computing to Science Education

Week of July 6, 2008

This workshop will focus on parallel and cluster computing in an educational setting as well as teaching issues in Grids and Parallel Environments. Examples suitable for classroom use will be presented, including both simple codes that can be made available for student modification and more complex examples that use state of the art open source community codes. Participants will be introduced to dynamic modeling, bioinformatics, simulation, molecular modeling, mathematical software, and visualization viz-a-viz distributed environments and tools. Workshop hosted by Dr. Gerg Wolffe and Dr. Christian Trefftz as part of the SuperComputing 08 Educational Program.

There is a $150 registration fee for the course, but that fee will be reimbursed to participants who take part in the workshop AND complete the workshop evaluations. Housing on the GVSU campus will be provided and food is included.  Deadline to register is June 8, 2008.  For registration and course information visit


Summer 2008 Geo 202/580 Field Course Announcement

The Geology Department of Grand Valley State University is offering a summer class: Hydrosphere in the Great Lakes. This course will be a combination of one week of classroom study followed by eight days in the field. The class will be correlated with the Michigan Curriculum Framework and Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations.

HS-MASS - High School Mathematics and Science Success Workshops


Teacher/Student Opportunities


JASON Explores the Mysteries of Earth and Mars
JASON Explores the mysteries of Earth and Mars new information at


Super Science Saturday: International Polar Year



K-12 Students/Parents


National Youth Science Camp Scholarship


Summer Science Adventure Day Camps


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