Where Science and Faith Converge

The Lab

June 21-23, 2018

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Overview

We believe God has specially gifted some students with a natural aptitude to engage in scientific exploration. These students have a high level of curiosity about the world and enjoy diving deep into complex questions. But, many times, there isn’t adequate instruction and mentoring available to help these students make meaningful connections between their faith and their future vocation.

That’s where The Lab comes in.

Reasons to Believe’s (RTB) scholar team were once college students with big dreams of becoming scientists. Our goal is to harness and encourage the power of bright young Christian minds—future Hugh Rosses and Fuz Ranas—for the kingdom of God.

We will walk students through the process of what it takes to become a Christian working in a science-related field. This event is designed to support students as they envision their future vocation and to help them, in very practical ways, to achieve their educational goals.

The Experience

  • Equipping Lectures: RTB scholars will offer practical training to participants to use when considering a career as a research scientist.
  • Apologetics Lectures: Participants will be separated into groups according to research interest and get introduced to the most common science-faith issues that the scholars have identified which the students need to be conversant about as they enter graduate school.
  • Breakout Sessions: Students will have the chance to meet with the scholars within their desired field for application-oriented discussions.
  • Parent Sessions: Parents can attend parallel sessions with the mentors and receive practical advice about how to support their student’s educational journey.
  • Question-and-Answer Sessions: Students will have opportunities to ask the scholars questions in order to probe deeper into a topic or share science-faith questions.
  • Field Trip: To demonstrate real-world application of the conference concepts, participants will spend an afternoon at the historic, Griffith Observatory. This excursion will be followed by a group discussion time.
  • Hangout with the Scholars: Slots of unstructured time will allow students direct, casual interaction with the RTB scholar team. This will provide students with an opportunity to ask questions about research interests, the scholar’s journey to faith, or questions about the Bible and its connection to science.
  • Group Conversations: The scholars or participants may offer points of view about different subjects. Whether you agree or disagree is your choice. Be willing to discuss and explore your perspective with others in the group. The value will be in getting clear about what you really do believe and testing what you believe. The scholars will speak about things that relate to the dual calling of being a Christian and a research scientist. The main standard to measure how to interact in these realms is 1 Peter 3:16. This will be our starting place, a foundation for us to learn how to explore our world and love others.
  • Sharing: Students will have multiple opportunities to share what you are learning and hearing about others’ experiences. In general, we have found that the more that students choose to participate, the more value they will receive from this experience. The scholars or participants may offer points of view about different subjects. Whether you agree or disagree is your choice. Be willing to discuss and explore your perspective with others in the group. The value will be in getting clear about what you really do believe and testing what you believe. The scholars will speak about things that relate to the dual calling of being a Christian and a research scientist. The main standard to measure how to interact in these realms is 1 Peter 3:16. This will be our starting place, a foundation for us to learn how to explore our world and love others.

Schedule

There will be multiple sessions throughout each day, both for students and accompanying parents. These are meant to equip, encourage and inspire all attendees.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

 

9:00 AM — Introductions

9:30 AM — Vision Session
An invitation to Become a Christian Research Scientist
Jeff Zweerink

10:30 AM — Break

10:45 AM — Apologetics Training
A Framework for Science-Faith Integration
Jeff Zweerink

11:45 AM — Lunch

1:00 PM — Apologetics Training
All Brain and No Mind?
Katie Galloway
                  Parent session
Building a Solid Foundation for Your Student’s Faith
Jeff Zweerink

2:00 PM — Break

2:15 PM — Open Discussion/Q&A Scholar Team

3:15 PM — Break

3:45 PM — Critical Issues Session
Evolution: Should Christians Accept or Reject It
Sue Dykes

4:45 PM — Break

5:15 PM — Concluding thoughts

6:00 PM — End of Day 1

6:15 PM — Optional dinner together at In-N-Out

7:00 PM — Optional activity: Lazer Tag

Friday, June 22, 2018

 

9:00 AM — Check-In

9:30 AM — Apologetics Training
Genesis 1 and the Age of the Earth
Krista Bontrager

10:30 AM — Lunch Assembly

10:45 AM — Leave for Griffith Observatory

12:00 PM — Self-guided tour of the Observatory (opens at noon)
                  Lunch at the Griffith Observatory (on your own)

1:45 PM — Planetarium show

3:00 PM — Load the vans to head back to RTB

4:30 PM — Field Trip debrief

4:45 PM — Critical Issues Breakout Session
Physics/Astronomy: Is the earth rare or common?
Jeff Zweerink
Life Sciences: Interpreting Human Fossils
Sue Dykes
Parent session
Entering the World of Academia
Mike Strauss and Katie Galloway

6:15 PM — Dinner together

7:15 PM — Vision Session
Becoming an Embedded Missionary
Katie Galloway

8:30 PM — End of Day 2

Saturday, June 23, 2018

 

9:00 AM — Check-In

9:30 AM — Critical Issues Session
How do we know the universe has a beginning?
Mike Strauss

10:30 AM — Break

10:45 AM — Vision Session
High school students: Keeping Your Faith in College
Jeff Zweerink
College students: Preparing for a Graduate Program
Katie Galloway

11:45 AM — Lunch/Hangout for ASD students
Hugh & Kathy Ross

1:00 PM — Critical Issues Breakout Session
Physics/Astronomy: Does the multiverse really exist?
Jeff Zweerink
Life Sciences: Are we merely the product of our genes?
Katie Galloway
Parent session
Open Q & A
Hugh & Kathy Ross

2:00 PM — Break

2:15 PM — Open Q&A

3:15 PM — Break

3:30 PM — Apologetics Training
Building the Case for Design (and avoiding bad arguments)
Mike Strauss and Jeff Zweerink

4:15 PM — Vision Session
A Career in Science: What to Expect and How to Succeed
Mike Strauss

4:45 PM — Break

5:00 PM — Prayer & Commissioning

6:00 PM — End of Day 3

There will be multiple sessions throughout each day, both for students and accompanying parents. These are meant to equip, encourage and inspire all attendees.

The Lab will be held at the RTB Headquarters 818 S. Oak Park Rd, Covina, 91724

NEAREST AIRPORTS TO FLY INTO
Ontario Airport (ONT)
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Arrival: Plan to arrive on Wednesday afternoon before the conference between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM (hotel check-in is 3:00 PM)

Departure: Please make arrangements to depart on the morning or early afternoon of the Sunday after the conference. Please keep in mind that it is about a 30-minute drive to the Ontario Airport (ONT) and a 2-hour drive (with traffic) to Los Angeles International (LAX) airport.

Note: In order to protect the privacy of our attendees, we cannot offer names or contact information of individuals looking for carpooling options. We suggest you visit the Facebook page for The Lab to connect directly with students flying in from other parts of the country.

We have a small number of nearby host family homes available for you to stay on a first come, first serve basis. These are supporters of RTB who have opened their homes for Lab Participants to stay while attending The Lab. Please notate on your application if you are interested in that for your logging. Otherwise, we encourage you to check out the following hotels, both of which are located one mile from Reasons to Believe.

The Lab will be in session June 21-23, 2018.

The Lab fee is $295 per student. A parent can attend for an additional $100 fee.

Receive a $50 discount if your application is received before May 11th

This includes tuition, three lunches, one dinner, snacks, transportation to and from our field trip destination, field trip entrance fees, a binder containing lecture notes and related articles, and a gift bag of RTB resources worth over $225.

Through the help and financial support of our constituents, Reasons to Believe is able to offer 10 partial scholarships to the Lab. If you would like to be considered* for one, please apply here.

*As a prerequisite to apply for a scholarship, you will need to have the Lab application fully completed before applying for a partial scholarship.


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