Frequently Asked Questions

Click on any of the links below for answers to frequently asked questions.

 

What is the purpose of the program?

The purpose of the program is to introduce 7th and 8th grade students to different areas of science to try to increase interest in science before they enter high school.  The sessions will be taught by UM professors and staff.

What did last year's event look like?

For more information and to view last year's Super Science Friday program, please click here.

How many students are involved in this program?

There were a total of 580 students who were involved in the last Super Science Friday session which was held on May 3, 2013.

How many schools were involved in last year's SSF?

There were 17 middle schools represented at last year's event.

What is the date of this year's Super Science Friday event?

The date for this year's SSF event is going to be May 2, 2014.

What is the cost to students to participate in this event?

There is no charge to students to participate.  The event is presented with support in part by the UM-Flint Provost's Office and community donations.

How do students get to attend?

All schools in Genesee County are contacted in December informing them of the date for the next Super Science Friday Conference and asking them if they are interested in participating.  The decision to participate is made at the local school level.

How many students can attend?

Usually there are between 600-800 students who attend.  The number of students who can attend is limited by the number of UM faculty who agree to be presenters.  There are usually about 30 UM faculty and staff who generously share their time and efforts on that day.  Students are contacted by their home schools if they are selected to attend.  UM-Flint is not actively involved in the selection process for students.

What will the schedule look like on May 2, 2014?

The proposed schedule for the day will be:

Schedule of Events
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.              Arrival and check-in.  Classes meet with student ambassadors.
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Workshop session #1
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Workshop session #2
12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Lunch 
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Keynote speaker, Keith Fields
1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Dismissal/load buses

Can parents attend the event with their children?

Parents are typically asked not to attend for several reasons.  First, the sessions are often already at the max as far as chairs and facilities.  Secondly, these sessions will be designed to be age-appropriate and so adults might create problems if they tried to participate.  If a parent wishes to be a school chaperone for the event, he/she should contact their student's school/teacher for more information.

What if my child becomes ill?

Each group of students will have a chaperone from their home district accompanying them so your child will be monitored at all times.  In the event that there is an emergency, a parent or contact will be called by the local school representative.  If a parent should have an emergency, they can call (810) 762-3171 or UM-Flint Public Safety at (810) 762-3333.  

How do I get to campus?

To view a campus map or driving directions to campus, please click here.

How do students get to the university on that day?

Transportation to and from UM-Flint will be provided by the local school district.

How Do Schools Get Reimbursed For Transportation Costs?

Schools must arrange their own transportation to the event.  If the school utilizes a school bus to transport their students to Super Science Friday, a stipend of up to $100 will be available to the school to help offset the cost of transportation.  Schools must submit the SSF Transportation Form, along with a district billing statement/invoice to UM-Flint by 5/23/14 to qualify for the reimbursement.  Additional details including the UM-Flint address and contact information are available on the SSF Transportation Form.

Who will act as the campus guides for the university?

Campus guides will be university students who have volunteered to provide their time on that day.  They will be required to pass an authorized background check before being allowed to serve as a guide.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

For more information, please contact Dr. Mark E. Miller, Super Science Friday Coordinator at (810) 237-6526 or by email at markemil@umflint.edu.