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Welcome to the website of Van Andel Education Institute. VAEI prepares the scientists and leaders of the future by promoting and strengthening science education.

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Science Academy

Van Andel Education Institute's Science Academy offers educational programs for elementary and middle school students and teachers and local community members to advance and promote science education and increase the number of students who pursue careers in science.

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VAI Graduate School

Van Andel Institute Graduate School is a unique Ph.D. program that puts students alongside researchers in the lab and includes laboratory rotations, seminars and workshops, and optional teaching and hospital experiences.

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Undergraduate Opportunities

Learn about internships and other opportunities for students at the high school, college, and university level.


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Van Andel Education Institute offers an exciting, innovative line of research-based products to promote and support science instruction through scientific practices and inquiry.  Products include programs, curricula, and instructional tools with applications ranging from everyday classroom use to out-of–school time programs.

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Van Andel Education Institute names board member

The Van Andel Education Institute has appointed a new board member with a longtime tenure in higher education.

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Students Support Cancer Research at Van Andel Institute

When five East Kentwood High School seniors were looking for a way to support breast cancer research, they looked locally to the Bart Williams Breast Cancer Research Lab at Van Andel Institute (VAI) in Grand Rapids.

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