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Name: Research Experience for Teachers Program
School/Institution: Brown University
City: Providence
State: RI
Opportunity Type: RET
Teacher Status: Preservice or Inservice
Teacher Level: Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Description: The Materials Research Science & Engineering Group is the primary sponsor of our RET program through the NSF grant. The RET program offers certified and pre-service teachers the opportunity to work for six weeks during the summer under the guidance of an MRSEC faculty member. The primary mission of our RET program will be to build a relationship with secondary and high school teachers so that we can work with them to introduce modern engineering into their curricula, to provide them with the excitement of a research environment, and to develop with them teaching modules that they can use in their classroom and that, with more advanced concepts, we can use in the college classroom as well. We will work primarily with science teachers, however, teachers in fields such as art, economics, and math will be considered through a team teaching approach, to encourage students to consider issues of engineering design, business, as well as the mathematical framework that underpins so many of the principles of engineering science. During our summer program regular scheduled weekly activities for the RET participants have been developed to broaden their knowledge of research. Several of these activities will focus on the use of various experimental techniques in materials research whereas others will involve local industries, and facility tours. A stipend for the 6 week program is offered, as well as the possibility of a second summer and contributory resources during the entire period.. The program will begin in late June and run through mid-late August. Our program is particularly interested in increasing the participation in research of women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities.
Start Date: 06/29/2009
End Date: 08/07/2009
Application Deadline: 04/03/2009
Opportunity Website: http://www.brown.edu/Departments/IMNI/MRSEC/education/RET_introduction.html
Sponsor Link: http://mrsec.org/education/

Benefits and Requirements

Benefits: Stipend
Benefit Explanation: $750 a week (35 hours) for first timers, returning teachers receive $1000 per week.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Sue Prendergast
Center for Advanced Materials Research
Box M, 182 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02912-1953
Phone: 401-863-2184
Fax: 401-863-1387