The University of Maryland MRSEC grants ended in September 2013 after 17 years of successful operation. This site remains as a history of the center, but will not be actively maintained.

Pre-College Summer Camp Programs

2012 Summer Camp Staff

Eliot Hammer

MRSEC Summer Camp Coordinator & Instructor

Great to be back! This will be my second year as the summer camp coordinator for the MRSEC, and I have been part of the camps for many years as a counselor. I love to learn about science, so being able to teach younger kids and get them excited about science is awesome. This fall, I will be a junior at the University of Colorado, Boulder. My current major is ecology and evolutionary biology. I have a passion for the outdoors, exploring nature, and doing adventurous outdoor activities.

Ben Rirksopa

MRSEC Summer Camp Instructor

My name is Ben and I am a rising junior at the University of Maryland. This is my fourth year working as a camp counselor for these summer camps and I really enjoy working with kids. My hobbies include playing badminton, playing the violin, and listening to music. Some things I don稚 like: insects and waking up in the morning. The best TV show when I was growing up was Hey Arnold. My favorite subject is chemistry and I hope to become a teacher one day. I知 a really friendly guy and I知 sure I will become friends with all of you during the week.

Samuel Soltoff

MRSEC Summer Camp Instructor

My name is Samuel Soltoff and I知 a rising junior at the University of Maryland, where I study physics. I知 originally from Philadelphia, PA. Besides school, I play the cello and I知 on the UMD parliamentary debate team. After I graduate, I would like to pursue a PhD in physics and eventually work as a research scientist at a university. This is my first experience working with the MRSEC Summer Camps, and I知 super excited.

Andrew Stone

MRSEC Summer Camp Instructor

I am Andrew Stone from Adelphi, MD. I am going to start my freshman year of college in the fall. I will be attending Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. At Quinnipiac I will be majoring in Biology. I played many sports in high school but competed on a national level in wrestling. I知 ready for a fun summer working with MRSEC and their summer programs.

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