Michael R. WingMichael R. Wing is an author, scientist and full-time classroom teacher at Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, California.

This site is all about opportunity: for high school students and young adults, teachers, and all intellectually curious people.  It’s for anyone who loves adventure and learning by doing and wants to do some fieldwork to discover something new about the planet we share.

Students and parents can check out these lists of cool opportunities for high school and beyond, and why there’s so much more more to life as a young adult than just going to college.

For academics and teachers, I want to share my experience in winning grants and spots in programs, getting students involved in real science, publishing books and original research, exploring summer opportunities, and traveling the world for free.

Passion Projects Book Cover

My students and I have projects that have won awards and been published in peer-reviewed journals.  Our worldwide microbiology project was recently featured by National Public Radio’s Science Friday program. If a teacher and his students can do original scholarship like our bristlecone pines project and our stone line project, then probably anyone can.

Publisher:  Quill Driver Books 
Release Date: Fall, 2017

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If you have ideas and suggestions, or know about opportunities and programs I’ve overlooked, I’d love to hear from you!





2 thoughts on “HOME”

  1. Hi Michael, I just read your article published in The Chronicle. It’s exactly what I needed to read. I am a lecturer at SJSU and SFSU and have finally gotten my second wind after feeling like I wasn’t going anywhere and stuck in lecturer positions. I am a field biologist and study evolutionary processes and ecology, so your examples were very inspirational. I came to the conclusion that a tenure track professor position isn’t the only way to go — and may be too restrictive for my lifestyle anyway. (I.e., it’d be a pressure cooker.) Anyway, thanks for the inspirational read.

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Candace! I agree- academic positions are highly restrictive. Geographically, for instance. If you’re lucky enough to get a tenure-track position, you move there, even if it’s in a place you don’t really want to live.

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