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Name: Materials Research, Science and Engineering Center Research Experience for Teachers (MR. SECRET)
School/Institution: Center for Semiconductor Physics in Nanostructures (University of Arkansas)
City: Norman
State: OK
Opportunity Type: RET
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: Scientific research is the ultimate in practicing inquiry. Scientists routinely ask questions for which the answers will only be found through setting up tests, collecting data, and evaluating results.  To capture the full potential of the experience in bringing the excitement of research to the classroom, special care is taken to match the teacher with the research project most aligned with their area of interest and the courses they teach. At OU teachers will do research for 9 weeks, at UA for six weeks. At the beginning of the period, each teacher develops and plans a research project with their research advisor. Because the research advisors also function in the University setting as educators and mentors, they are experienced in developing appropriate plans depending on the level of research experience of the teacher. At least weekly, the teacher and advisor meet regarding the progress of the research.  In addition to the opportunity for research, the program offers teachers many opportunities for networking and learning. For example, (1) Teachers attend daily seminars with REU students who are also participating in research in the microEP program. In addition to providing a network of scientists, contact with the REU students provides the teachers with a picture of scientists working at various levels of experience in research. (2) Teachers attend at least one REU/RET seminar session that will be structured to stimulate conversation between the undergraduates and the teachers concerning the "sparks" of education that sent the undergraduates on a career path toward science. (3) Teachers meet together at least once weekly to discuss their research projects and reflect on how their experience affects their classroom teaching. (4) RET participants at UA and OU will visit each other's institutions to learn about other facilities and types of research. (5) At the end of the six-week session, teachers present their work to the REU students, faculty, and graduate students in the program.
Duration: 9 weeks
Application Deadline: 02/15/2009
Opportunity Website:
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Benefits and Requirements

Benefits: Stipend
Equipment and Research Budget
Benefit Explanation: $7000 stipend + $1000 budget for classroom equipment to be used at participant's school; budget for local research expenses

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Paul Calleja
440 W. Brooks Street
Room 131
Norman, OK 73019-2031
Phone: 501-575-3670