Friends of Howard and Rose Stein
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to recognize the long and outstanding service of Howard and Rose Stein to Grand Valley State University. Howard Stein served as a faculty member in the Biology Department, rising to the rank of Full Professor, from 1965 until 1997. After retirement, as Professor Emeritus, he continued to serve the University. Howard served the University at every level. In his early years he was a faculty leader ultimately serving as Chair of the All Faculty Senate. He helped establish the Science Olympiad, the Academic Resource Center, the Research and Development Center, the precursor of the Regional Science and Math Center, helped secure the first Eisenhower Grants for Teaching, as well as many other initiatives. He received the Distinguished Faculty Member Award from the Michigan Association of Governing Boards of State Colleges and Universities in 1988. He served the Biology Department with great dedication at all levels including Department Chair and was particularly devoted to providing students with experience in the real world activities of laboratory research.
This scholarship fund is established by his friends and colleagues in grateful recognition of Howard’s service, leadership, and friendship for so many years. It also recognizes the valuable contribution of his wife, Rose Stein, who besides supporting Howard is also a colleague and friend to us. Among many other activities, Rose was active in the early days of Grand Valley Women, which involved faculty wives and female professional staff.
This scholarship is designed to aid students in the two areas that Howard was passionately involved in, teacher education and experimental science. He has promoted the education of teachers at all levels: nationally in the Office of Biological Education of the American Institute of Biological Sciences; in the Michigan Science Teachers Association where among other activities in the Grand Rapids area. He was the founder of the GVSU Science and Mathematics Update Letter and editor from 1979-2002. The promotion of inquiry based sciences activities has been his focus. Within the Biology Department he has promoted the same ideas by providing students an opportunity to design and carry out real experiments as part of their course work. The innovative structure of the Cell Biology course was inspired by him.