Sciences and mathematics teachers looking for opportunities to continue their education over the summer can now do so at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Summer Institute. The week-long program, for which Act 48 credits are available, will be held on the Pitt-Johnstown campus July 9-13. The program is open to all teachers of mathematics and science in grades eight through 12.
Content for the workshops will be customized for the participating teachers based on information collected from application forms. Sessions, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, with the exception of Friday's session which will end at noon, will be taught by members of the Pitt-Johnstown faculty:
• Monday, July 9 – Biology, presented by Dr. Stephen Kilpatrick, associate professor of biology;
• Tuesday, July 10 – Mathematics, presented by Linda Tully, instructor of mathematics;
• Wednesday, July 11 – Chemistry, presented by Drs. Timothy Evans and Thomas Malosh, assistant professors of chemistry;
• Thursday, July 12 – Physics and Engineering, presented by Dr. Jerry Samples, professor of engineering technology, and Beta Keramati, physics lab instructor.
• Friday, July 13 will be a planning day for all participants.
Participants can register for the entire week, or for individual workshops based on their area(s) of interest, but seating is limited. Application forms can be obtained by contacting Beta Keramati firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshops are offered free of charge, and include lunch.
Funding for the program has been provided by the Jeanne Allen Memorial Fund and the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, as well as by the Community Initiatives Fund of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.
Celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization" for 2011. Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.