Regional Math and Science Center

Opportunities for Student Engagement in Mathematics and Science

The Regional Math and Science Center provides motivational opportunities not normally available for students  through local or intermediate school districts. Some programs offer in-depth experiences that build scientific competency, while others are designed to inspire and motivate students on a broader level.

Academic Opportunities

  • Sam Rhine Genetic Update Conference In the fall of each year, the RMSC hosts this conference for advanced high school biology students. Usually teachers bring classes of students to this conference. Registration is found on the Sam Rhine Genetic Update Conference website.

  • Chemistry Olympiad The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad and the International Chemistry Olympiad are multi-tiered competitions that bring together the world's most talented high school students to test their knowledge and skills in chemistry.

  • Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarship Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarships for Careers in Science are college scholarships awarded to graduation high school seniors from public or private schools in the Kent, Muskegon, and Ottawa Intermediate School Districts with an interest in pursuing a career in science.

  • Michigan Science Olympiad Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of team events, which students prepare for during the year.

  • Statistics Poster Competition A statistics poster tells the story of a data set. Numbers and graphs are used to give voice to the truth behind the data. Whether the summary is a bar chart, histogram, or table of numerical summaries the focus should always be on the meaning behind the data. In a well-done statistics poster, the reader is able to discover the story behind the data by following the logical progression of the poster. The emphasis is on the visual display of results through well-placed graphs.  All students in grades K through 12 residing in Michigan are eligible to participate.

  • Michigan High School Math and Science Symposium  The Michigan High School Math and Science Symposium (MHSMSS) is an organization dedicated to giving high school students a forum to present their math and science research findings in a professional setting. Each spring, students from across Michigan gather on the downtown Grand Rapids campus of GVSU to present their projects. Presentations are critiqued by peers and adults, but not judged.

Enrichment Opportunities

  • G3 - Grand Parents, Grandkids, Grand Valley G3 is for grandparents and grandchildren (ages 8-12) to share a three-day educational experience while spending time together on the GVSU campus in June. Grandparents and grandkids attend "hands-on" classes together which are taught by GVSU faculty in a range of disciplines.
  • Super STAT-urday!  One day event to all middle school students to experiene the diversity of Statististics and its uses in other fields. Event will take place on the Allendale campus of GVSU on November 9, 2013. 
  • S.T.E.P.S (Science Technology & Engineering Preview Summer Camp for Girls) STEPS is a four day program that introduces girls to the exciting world of technology and engineering. Campers will participate in a variety of workshops that will give them hands-on experience with high-tech equipment and processes.
  • sHaPe Camp  (Summer Health Activities and Professions Exploration Camp) sHaPe is a one-week program introduction to the Health Professions for boys and girls currently in 7th and 8th grades. Students have the opportunity to explore the professions of clinical lab science, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, radiation therapy, sonagraphy, speech pathology, sports medicine and therapeutic recreation.
  • Super Science Saturday A day of interactive, hands-on science fun for K-12 students, teachers, parents, and community members (celebrated every 3 to 4 years).
  • FRESH - (Field Research in Earth Science Happenings) A hands-on, field-based, Earth science program for inner city, middle school students.
  • Coalition for Science Science After School - A list of informal science programs for students.  Enter your zip code and it will display opportunities in your area!

  Fun Sites for Kids

  • Fun Sites  Check out these fun (and educational) activities for kids.


Page last modified January 3, 2014