Are you a student between 16 and 22 years old, thinking about pursuing a science-related career? Do you know someone who is? Reasons to Believe developed The Lab to help equip these students for a fruitful scientific career as a Christian. A few dozen students and parents have participated over the last two years and many have appreciated how The Lab solidified their conviction that science is an ally, not an enemy, of the Christian faith. It has also encouraged them to boldly follow a scientific path, knowing that God actually calls people into that profession!

Partnering with Impact 360

The Lab focuses specifically on scientific professions, but other ministries offer complementary programs to equip students as they enter the workforce. RTB is excited to announce that we are partnering with one of those ministries, Impact 360, to provide a more integrated set of tools to prepare future leaders. The Lab focuses on raising up Christian leaders specifically in the scientific community. Impact 360 provides a broader worldview training to develop Christian leaders across professions. I encourage you to look at the gap year, two-week Immersion, and conference programs offered by Impact 360, and see how the students you know could get better equipped.

Two Locations and Times

Our partnership with Impact 360 also allows us to offer not just one, but two opportunities to participate in The Lab in 2017! RTB scientists and staff will deliver the teaching and programming for both sessions. The first session will take place on the Impact 360 campus in beautiful Pine Mountain, Georgia, June 8–10. The second session will occur in the middle of winter, January 3–5, at the RTB headquarters in sunny southern California.

Along with providing options to suit your travel and time constraints, both locations offer great weather, impressive scenery, and numerous attractions (for a bit of vacation before or after).

Make Plans to Attend Now

You won’t want to miss out on these opportunities. Students and parents who attend get to interact with top-notch scientists and meet new friends, all while learning faith-strengthening material.

Sign up today at Come be a part of what we are doing at The Lab!

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About The Author

Jeff Zweerink

Since my earliest memories, science and the Christian faith have featured prominently in my life - but I struggled when my scientific studies seemed to collide with my early biblical training. My first contact with RTB came when I heard Hugh Ross speak at Iowa State University. It was the first time I realized it was possible to do professional work incorporating both my love of science and my desire to serve God. I knew RTB's ministry was something I was called to be a part of. While many Christians and non-Christians see the two as in perpetual conflict, I find they integrate well. They operate by the same principles and are committed to discovering foundational truths. My passion at RTB is helping Christians see how powerful a tool science is to declare God's glory and helping scientists understand how the established scientific discoveries demonstrate the legitimacy and rationality of the Christian faith. While many Christians and non-Christians see the two as in perpetual conflict, I find they integrate well. • Biography • Resources • Upcoming Events • Promotional Items Jeff Zweerink thought he would follow in his father's footsteps as a chemistry professor until a high school teacher piqued his interest in physics. Jeff pursued a BS in physics and a PhD in astrophysics at Iowa State University (ISU), where he focused his study on gamma rays - messengers from distant black holes and neutron stars. Upon completing his education, Jeff taught at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Postdoctoral research took him to the West Coast, to the University of California, Riverside, and eventually to a research faculty position at UCLA. He has conducted research using STACEE and VERITAS gamma-ray telescopes, and currently works on GAPS, a balloon experiment seeking to detect dark matter. A Christian from childhood, Jeff desired to understand how the worlds of science and Scripture integrate. He struggled when his scientific studies seemed to collide with his early biblical training. While an undergrad at ISU, Jeff heard Hugh Ross speak and learned of Reasons to Believe (RTB) and its ministry of reconciliation - tearing down the presumed barriers between science and faith and introducing people to their personal Creator. Jeff knew this was something he was called to be a part of. Today, as a research scholar at RTB, Jeff speaks at churches, youth groups, universities, and professional groups around the country, encouraging people to consider the truth of Scripture and how it connects with the evidence of science. His involvement with RTB grows from an enthusiasm for helping others bridge the perceived science-faith gap. He seeks to assist others in avoiding the difficulties he experienced. Jeff is author of Who's Afraid of the Multiverse? and coauthor of more than 30 journal articles, as well as numerous conference proceedings. He still serves part-time on the physics and astronomy research faculty at UCLA. He directs RTB's online learning programs, Reasons Institute and Reasons Academy, and also contributes to the ministry's podcasts and daily blog, Today's New Reason to Believe. When he isn’t participating in science-faith apologetics Jeff enjoys fishing, camping, and working on home improvement projects. An enthusiastic sports fan, he coaches his children's teams and challenges his RTB colleagues in fantasy football. He roots for the Kansas City Chiefs and for NASCAR's Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon. Jeff and his wife, Lisa, live in Southern California with their five children.

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