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Dr. Marilyn Rands

Dr. Marilyn Rands
Associate Professor of Physics

Natural Sciences

248.204.3546 p
248.204.3518 f

Background + Expertise


Candidate for Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Science Education, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

M.S., Physics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 
Completed additional 45 hours graduate credit in Physics.

B.S., Indiana State Teachers College, Terre Haute, Indiana
Majors in physics, chemistry, and mathematics.
Completed requirements for teaching certification (K-12 All subjects)

Honors, Award, and Memberships

Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association Outstanding Science Educator, 2000

Board Member of Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Associations, 2000 - present, member since 1980

Michigan Science Teachers Association

National Science Teachers Association

American Association of Physics Teachers, national and Michigan memberships

National Association for Research in Science Teaching

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Michigan Science Education Leaders Association

National Science Education Leaders Association

National Middle Level Science Teachers Association


Gem Mining - An activity for mineral identification and fun, MDSTA Winter Newsletter, 2009

Epsom Salt Crystals, an activity for igneous rock formation, MDSTA Spring newsletter, 2008         

Fun and Games or Science MSTA Newsletter, Fall, 2007


Scholarly Activities (includes, grant, conference presentations, etc.)

Challenge, Teach an Inquiry-based Science for Teachers Online, National Science Teachers Association National Convention,   April, 2012

Have presented papers at national meetings of

  • American Association of Physics Teachers

  • National Science Teachers Association

  • Association of Education of Teachers of Science

  • National Association of Research in Science Teaching

  • Michigan Science Teachers Association

  • Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association


Courses Taught

College Physics 1 and 2; College Physics 1 and 2 Laboratories; University Physics 1 and 2; University Physics 1 and 2 Laboratories: Geology; Geosphere; Nuclear Physics; Forces, Motion and Energy;  Waves, Electricity, and Magnetism; Contemporary Physics Laboratory.

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