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Name: QuarkNet
School/Institution: Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory
City: Batavia
State: IL
Opportunity Type: RET
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: QuarkNet brings high school students and teachers to the frontier of 21st century research that seeks to research some of the mysteries about the structure of matter and the fundamental forces of nature. QuarkNet centers are connected to high-energy physics experiments operating at CERN in Switzerland, at Fermilab in Illinois, at SLAC in Califormia and others. Within two years, we expect to form 60 centers associated with research groups at universities and labs across the U.S. (50 already operational).  Physicists mentor and collaborate with high school teachers. Through these collaborations: Students learn fundamental physics as they analyze live online data and participate in inquiry-oriented investigations:  Teachers join research teams with physicists at a local university or laboratory.
Duration: 8 weeks (first year)
Application Deadline: 02/05/2009
Opportunity Website:

Benefits and Requirements

Benefits: Stipend
Travel Reimbursement
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: $550 per week; up to $1000 for travel; $500 per week for room and board; Academic year follow-up at $460 (for stipend and instructional materials)

4.5 hours of credit for the 8 week appointment; additional credits for additional programs

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Thomas Jordan
P.O. Box 500
Batavia, IL 60510-0500
Phone: 630-840-4035
Fax: 630-840-8248