|Mr. Mark Geren received his Bachelor's degree in science and Master's degree in education from Portland State University. He has been a secondary science teacher in the Beaverton School District for the past 12 years. During that time he has taught courses in integrated science, physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, and research. During his time as a teacher he has worked to make learning science a hands-on experience and to involve students in all aspects of the scientific process, to let them not only learn about science but to do it. In his efforts to achieve this Mark has been awarded a number of grants to help with the funding of field work with students including two from the Beaverton Education Foundation and one from the Murdock Trust – Partners in Science Program. As part of this second grant he worked in partnership with Dr. Luis Ruedas of Portland State University doing biological research related to Hanta virus in the Pacific Northwest U.S.. He was recently recognized by Cornell University for his work to embed independent student research in high school science as part of the Merrel Presidential Scholars Program. Prior to teaching he was involved in numerous research projects in Chile and Antarctica and he brings his passion for this to his classroom. His areas of interest include ecosystem science and biogeochemical cycles.
As a Fulbright Teacher Exchange to India Mark Geren hopes to learn things that he can apply to and use to improve his teaching in the US. It is a more personal goal to fully engage with Indian society and to provide his family (wife and nine year old daughter and five year old son) with the same opportunity. The extended length of the Fulbright exchange will allow him to live with and get to know individuals in a more meaningful way.