John Miller (right of center) and REU students conduct an impromptu experiment in SFI’s kitchen.

The 2012 graduate workshop and the inaugural advanced graduate workshop for program alumni (see article below) take place June 17-30 at St. John’s.

SFI’s research experiences for undergraduates pairs young scientists with SFI faculty mentors. Participants are encouraged to investigate complex social systems through a research project they design with their mentors.

John Paul says the program is “a taste of what it is to be an SFI postdoc. Students from around the country experience SFI’s culture and what Santa Fe has to offer for a few months, and then we send them back to their home institutions with big ideas.”

The 2012 REU program runs June 4-August 10; participants live at St. John’s and pursue their research at SFI.

For high school students enrolled in SFI’s complexity and Modeling Program (caMP), “summer camp” will be a transformative experience. Based on previous school for students in the Santa Fe area, SFI’s CAMP now offers young scholars from around the nation a chance to learn complexity science from SFI scientists. Participants will attend lectures on the fundamentals of chaos and complexity, gather ecological eld data, receive training in computer modeling, and pursue independent research projects.

CAMP runs July 8-23 at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Virgina.

Guts y Girls, an offshoot of SFI’s successful Growing Up Thinking Scientifically (GUTS) program, in 2012 will run a two-week summer program that puts New Mexico middle school girls in touch with female mentors

in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

“The great thing about the GUTS y Girls summer workshop is it allows girls to intensify their understanding of computer science in a really supportive environment that’s a lot of fun,” says SFI GUTS y Girls program coordinator Kathryn Ugoretz. “It gives them strong female mentors, and it’s a way for them to really deepen their understanding of what we work on throughout the year.”

The GUTS y Girls summer program will run in two sessions, June 4-15 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, and June 18-29 at the Santa Fe Complex.

Again this summer, the Institute is reaching out to future scientists through their science teachers. In a teacher development work- shop titled “understanding the Origins of Life: From Geochemistry to the Genetic code,” high school teachers of biology, chemistry, and geology will learn about emerging theories concerning the chemical and physical origins of life. They will be trained to use agent-based modeling programs and offered course units on topics covered in the workshop. The workshop will be held June 25- 29 at the GMU Fairfax campus.

For working professionals who want to incorporate complexity science into their understanding of the global financial
crisis, the Institute is offering a three-day symposium “the science of complexity: understanding the Global Financial crisis.” The symposium, a collaboration between SFI and the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, will be held May 16-18 at GMU’s Arlington, Virginia campus.