Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program
Each RET participant receives a stipend of $8,000, plus $500 for classroom supplies related to the curricular project developed.
Ongoing professional development for teachers is an important component in the revitalization of science education. To help teachers learn about nanotechnology and discover ways to share this knowledge with their students, the NU-NSEC offers an innovative summer program for high school science teachers and community college faculty.
Launched in 2002, the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program is under the direction of Professor Mike Davis (Harold Washington College). During the seven-week program, participants engage in hands-on, nanotechnology-related research under the mentorship of Center faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. Weekly group meetings, laboratory tours, and seminars further broaden the experience.Participants also work with their mentors and the program director to develop innovative curricular projects, along with assessment tools, that introduce nanotechnology concepts.
Eligibility and Application Process
Applicants must be (1) U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a bachelor's degree in the physical sciences or engineering and (2) be currently employed as a K-12 science teacher or community college science faculty.
Participants are selected primarily based on the availability of a research project compatible with the applicant's scientific and professional interests.
You may download an application
by clicking the link below, emailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or calling 847/467-1031.
Deadline for application - March 1, 2011.
Stipend - $8,000, plus $500 for classroom supplies related to curriculum project developed.