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Name: Research Experience for Teachers Program
School/Institution: University of South Florida
City: Tampa
State: FL
Opportunity Type: RET
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: The objectives of the program include: (i) exposing teachers to engineering research in which science and math backgrounds are used; (ii) revealing the necessary integration of science and math disciplines when conducting engineering research; (iii) providing teachers with real life examples in which science and math are used in this way; (iv) enhancing teacher self esteem and confidence in science as a discipline. This experience provides teachers with enhanced teaching skills/methods, the ability to motivate students in science and math disciplines, and a higher level of credibility and knowledge to apply when advising/guiding students toward the engineering disciplines.

The program is open to all areas of engineering and, although there is no one single research focus in the program, there are several common elements. Teachers are asked to present their research twice, at an informal weekly meeting, and again at a formal closing ceremony. In addition, teachers are required to develop two lesson plans based on their research experience; these lesson plans are posted below.
Start Date: 06/16/2008
End Date: 07/18/2008
Duration: 5 weeks
Application Deadline: 04/18/2008
Opportunity Website: http://rnr.eng.usf.edu/ret2002.htm

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Carlos A. Smith, Associate Dean for Academics
College of Engineering
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33620
Phone: 813-974-5859
Fax: 813-974-5094