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Name: Research Experience for Teachers (RET)
School/Institution: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Department/Unit: Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
City: Amherst
State: MA
Opportunity Type: RET
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: Middle School
High School
Description: The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is soliciting applications from middle and high school teachers for the summer RET program.

Up to six teachers will be selected to participate in team research at the Silvio O. Conte Center for Polymer Research. Participants will perform research as a team and develop teaching modules to transfer their experience to their classroom. The teachers will be selected to research a topic from a broad spectrum of topics in chemistry, physics or engineering of polymers. Examples of projects under consideration are: nanomembranes, crystallization in confined geometries, sensors, and polymer deformation.
Duration: The program begins the last full week of June and has a flexible duration of 6-8 weeks.
Application Deadline: 04/07/2011
Opportunity Website: http://www.pse.umass.edu/mrsec/RET-Program/index.html
Sponsor Link: http://mrsec.org/education/

Benefits and Requirements

Benefits: Stipend
Travel Reimbursement
Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: Benefits include a salary of $1,000 per week, up to $1,000 to defray relocation expenses, six graduate credits, and 135 PDPs.
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Jennifer Green, MRSEC Educational Outreach Manager
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
120 Governors Drive
Amherst, MA 01003