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Name: UW CNT Nanotechnology RET
School/Institution: Universtiy of Washtington
City: Seattle
State: WA
Opportunity Type: RET
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: Middle School
High School
Description: The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program in nanoscience and nanotechnology is part of the University of Washington's participation in the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN).  NNIN-RET enables several high school science teachers each summer to participate in a 10-day long laboratory immersion, familiarizing them with the burgeoning field of nanoscale science and engineering, assisting them in developing teaching tools, and enhancing their enthusiasm and effectiveness for promoting students' pursuit of careers in nanotechnology.  

Working along side UW Center for Nanotechnology (CNT) faculty, NNIN-RET participants:
• Explore cutting-edge, scientific advances in nanoscience and/or nanotechnology using current laboratory techniques, instrumentation, and approaches
• Collaborate to develop inquiry-based learning classroom activities that will engage and excite high school students
• Discover career opportunities in nanoscale science and technology to share with students

Each NNIN-RET experience is structured collaboratively by the participating teacher and UW CNT faculty member, but typically will include the following components:
• Joint development of agenda, expectations, and goals for the specific research project
• Readings in basic nanotechnology concepts, methods, and applications
• Lab overview and safety training
• Meetings, seminars, and colloquia with a range of nanotechnology researchers, including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and other faculty members
• Hands-on experiences with cutting edge nanotechnology instrumentation in the CNT's Nanotech User Facility
• Collegial development of hands-on nanotechnology learning modules that incorporate best educational practices

RET projects may focus on any of a diverse array of topics, including, but not limited to:
• Bio-Inspired Materials
• Biological Nanosystems
• Hybrid Materials
• Hydrogels
• Nanomaterials
• Photonics
• Self-Assembled Systems
• Sol-Gel Processes
Duration: ~2 weeks
Application Deadline: 03/21/2009
Opportunity Website:

Benefits and Requirements

Benefits: Stipend
College Transcript Credit
$300 supplies budget
Benefit Explanation: $1,000
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Ethan Allen
Center for Nanotechnology, Box 352140
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-616-9760