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Name: Research Experience for Teachers Program
School/Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
City: Cambridge
State: MA
Opportunity Type: RET
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: Middle School
High School
Description: The Center for Materials Science and Engineering offers middle, junior high, and high school science teachers an exciting opportunity to participate in cutting-edge materials research on the MIT campus and design classroom material based on that research.  Teachers are matched with a CMSE faculty member and his or her team of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to carry out seven weeks of research in a laboratory on campus.  In addition, they spend a half day each week in each of the Center's Shared Experimental Facilities learning  to operate the state-of-the-art equipment and its application to current research problems. An important objective of the program is the transfer of the teachers' research experience to their students.  To accomplish this, program participants meet weekly with CMSE faculty and staff to discuss their progress and to collectively consider ways in which they can teach some of the science concepts and practices from the laboratory in their classrooms.   After completing the first summer, the teachers are encouraged to return to CMSE for a second summer dedicated to developing lesson plans and lab modules for use with their students.  To achieve the broadest possible impact, MRET participants share the modules they develop other science educators  by publishing in educational journals and training colleagues at professional meetings and workshops.
Duration: 7 weeks
Application Deadline: 03/10/2009
Opportunity Website:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Benefits: Stipend
Benefit Explanation: $7000/first summer stipend
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Susan Rosevear
CMSE, MIT Room 13-2082
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Phone: 617-253-0916