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Name: Research Experience for Teachers (RET)
School/Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara
City: Santa Barbara
State: CA
Opportunity Type: RET
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: The Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will sponsor a two-year program in laboratory research* and classroom inquiry starting in June 2011. *No prior scientific research experience is necessary.

All secondary science teachers from the tri-county area are eligible to apply for this program, which is designed to engage four secondary science teachers.

Program Timeline

Teachers will be required to attend two summer sessions, two meetings per quarter during two academic school years, concluding with a Tri-County Spring Workshop for Science Teachers.

First Year
  Summer 2011 – June 20 to July 29
    Stipend - $4,500
    Teachers will spend six weeks on campus at UCSB working in a lab research group. To learn more about the research go to the MRL Web Site or contact Frank Kinnaman (kinnaman@mrl.ucsb.edu).

  Fall 2011 – Spring 2012 - Academic year meetings
    Stipend - $1,000
    Throughout the first academic year, the group of teachers will meet once a quarter with project coordinators, scientists and education specialists to explore ways to incorporate scientific research methods into the K12 science curriculum.

Second Year
  Summer 2012 – (Dates TBA)
    Stipend - $3,000
    Teachers will return to campus for four weeks to work in collaboration with other teachers as well as a science educator and researcher, to develop interactive curricular materials for their classrooms.

  Fall 2012 – Spring 2013
    Stipend - $1,500
    During the second academic year, the groups will meet approximately once a month to refine their curricular materials and prepare a tri-county workshop for science teachers.
Duration: 6 weeks (1st year); 4 weeks (2nd year)
Application Deadline: 03/31/2011
Opportunity Website: http://www.mrl.ucsb.edu/mrl/outreach/educational/RET/
Application Link: http://www.mrl.ucsb.edu/mrl/outreach/educational/RET/RET_Sum/registration.html
Sponsor Link: http://mrsec.org/education/

Benefits and Requirements

Benefits: Stipend
Benefit Explanation: $4500 stipend for 1st year, and $1000 stipend for academic meetings; $3000 stipend for 2nd year, and $1500 stipend for meetings

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Frank Kinnaman
Materials Research Laboratory
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Phone: (805) 893-7928