About the Mathletes Program
The FGCU Mathletes summer camp is a program for bright and talented middle school students interested in investigating concepts in mathematics that are not usually introduced at the middle school level. The program focuses on improving problem solving abilities, strengthening communication skills and developing collaboration and leadership skills. The setup of the program will provide an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment for middle school students to enhance their mathematical interests through early experience and exposure to STEM related careers. Participants will meet
professionals in the field of mathematics, computer science, chemistry and engineering.
Summer 2016 Information
Location and Date: Florida Gulf Coast University.
Monday, August 1, 2016 to Friday, August 5, 2016
Full Day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
All applications must be received by April 29th, 2016.
Acceptance mailed by May 13th, 2016.
2015 Summer Camp Guest Speakers
Mitch Ruzek, Ph.D. has been a contributor to Algenol since its founding in 2006. He was initially involved in algal strain isolation, naming and databasing, genome sequencing and bioinformatics activities. More recently, Mitch directs Algenol's educational and community outreach initiatives. This includes managing Algenol's partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and overseeing Algenol's STEM initiatives. He has facilitated countless internships with FGCU and STEM students and has spearheaded Algenol's annual STEM solar boat race, which brings approximately 300 elementary to high school students to Algenol each year.
Mitch is a transplant from the Midwest, where he received his undergraduate degree in science from the Univeristy of Iowa. And, he received his Ph.D. in developmental genetics/science education from the University of South Florida. Mitch currently serves at Program Director at Algenol, where he oversees several individual and multi-department programs and initiatives.
Danny Beard M.S. is the Web Development Supervisor at Arthrex, Inc. where he leads development of several web applications for Arthrex. Danny is passionate about software development and enjoys exploring how technology can further advance the medical field. Danny received his Masters in Computer Science from the University of Missouri, and currently resides in Fort Myers with his wife and three children.