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RET: RESEARCH EXPERIENCE for TEACHERS

Teachers in 5 National Science Foundation-funded programs will work closely with faculty, staff, students, and each other to develop educational modules based on their exposure to research throughout the summer. While all teacher participants share common meeting and training activities, each funding source has a distinct focus.

  • Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center based at Harvard
    • Bring nanoscale science and engineering concepts to classroom.
    • Teachers from middle school to community college level can apply.
    • Teachers may return for a second summer to refine module.
    • Opportunities to participate in and present at local & national conferences.
  • Materials Research Science and Engineering Center based at Harvard
    • Bring materials research science and engineering concepts to classroom.
    • Teachers from middle school to community college level can apply.
    • Teachers may return for a second summer to refine module.
    • Opportunities to participate in and present at local & national conferences.
  • Robobees
    • Bring science and engineering concepts to classroom via multidisciplinary, cutting edge research in microrobotics
    • Teachers from middle school to community college level can apply.
    • Opportunity to work closely with Museum of Science, Boston.
    • Teachers may return for a second summer to refine module.
    • Opportunities to participate in and present at local & national conferences.
  • Materials for Bioengineering Research Internships Dedicated to Gateway Experiences (BRIDGE)
    • Focuses on teachers and undergraduates without prior research experience.
    • Bring materials and bioengineering research to classroom.
    • Teachers from elementary to community college level can apply.
    • Opportunities for significant interaction with undergraduates.
    • Teachers may return for a second summer to refine module.
    • Opportunities to participate in and present at local & national conferences.
  • NNIN RET: 8 week program
    • National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), teachers based at the Harvard site are part of a network that has sites at Penn State, University of California at Santa Barbara, Howard University, and Georgia Tech
    • Open to in-service and pre-service teachers of science or technology who are or will be teaching in grades 6-12.
    • 6 weeks in summer at the NNIN site
    • 1 week follow up during the school year
    • 1 week sharing experience at the annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

No prior scientific research experience is necessary. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. We welcome both pre-service and in-service teachers.

Eligibility for Application

    • US Citizens and Permanent Residents Only
    • Teachers whose schools are within commuting distance to Harvard

2010-11 RET Timeline – Important Dates:
              Application Deadline:             April 27, 2009 or until positions filled
              Summer Experience 2010:             June 25 –August 2010
              School-Year Follow-up:             Fall 2010 – early Spring 2011
              NSTA Conference – San Francisco, CA: March 10–13, 2011

RET provides:

  • Stipend - $1000 per week for 40 hour week
  • 6-8 week summer experience with faculty and graduate student collaborators
  • Travel support to NSTA to present modules developed – up to $1,500
  • Classroom materials funds
  • Classroom activity development support
  • Hands-on research experience


Applications for the 2010 RET programs are now open. Click here to apply. Supporting documents can be sent via snail mail, email, or fax to:
Dr. Kathryn Hollar
Director of Educational Programs
School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
Harvard University
29 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Fax: 617-812-0760

hollar (at) seas.harvard.edu

 


Updated March 23, 2010