This two-week workshop is held annually in honor of Eric Pitman, who was a freshman at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute when he passed away on February 27, 2007 after a brief illness. A Science Olympiad participant at St. Gregory the Great Elementary School, Eric was an avid reader, a young man who enjoyed learning new things and challenging his thinking about the world and his place within it.
One of his teachers spoke of Eric by saying: "It seemed that he always did the right thing, and always stood by what he knew was morally and ethically correct. He was a tremendous leader, a silent leader who led by example and not by talk."
It is with Eric's sense of wonderment and inquisitiveness in mind that the workshop strives to introduce students into the application of computer modeling and simulation to solve important problems in science and engineering. The current workshop focuses on Bioinformatics and research in the life sciences. In the past, workshop topics have included computational chemistry and visualization.
The workshop is open to students who have completed the first year of high school, taken a year of high school algebra, and have taken at least one high school science course - Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Because of the topic of the projects this year, additional math and science, especially a course in Chemistry or strong familiarity with the periodic table, will be very helpful. Students do not need a background in computing but they do need a good foundation in math and science and a willingness to learn some computing.
Students MUST be able to commit to attend each day of the workshop. There is no cost to participate in the workshop and lunch is provided daily.
The deadline for applications is May 1st and applications are now closed. Please check back in March 2019 for next year's workshop.
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