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Name: Science Teacher and Researcher (STAR)
School/Institution: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
City: Golden
State: CO
Opportunity Type: Other Opportunity
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: Middle School
High School
Description: STAR is a summer research internship for aspiring science and mathematics teachers and former Noyce Scholars interested in science or math teaching.  The program consists of a 10 week summer research internship and science education program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

With the guidance of a research mentor, STAR Fellows work on original science projects as they pursue a prestigious dual "teacher-researcher" career path. Weekly education workshops and opening and closing conferences with STAR Fellows provide context and opportunities for STAR Fellows to consider how the "doing of science" may be translated into the "teaching of science." At the closing conference in California, STAR Fellows present their research in a poster session.

STAR Fellows will be able to better connect the doing of science and mathematics to the teaching of science and mathematics by:

1. Experiencing cutting edge research at a federal laboratory or research center in a paid summer research internship, with the possibility of returning in subsequent summers.
2. Learning more about what it means to be a 6-12th grade science or mathematics teacher.
3. Getting to know other teacher-scientists and participate in a larger community of science and mathematics teachers.
4. Becoming part of the larger scientific community and develop relationships with research scientists at federal laboratories and research centers to help in your career development and teaching activities.
Duration: The actual dates of the program differ at each lab site, but generally the program runs from mid June to mid August. Note: the full 9-10 week commitment is required at each site.
Application Deadline: 01/31/2011
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Benefits and Requirements

Benefits: Stipend
Benefit Explanation: STAR Fellows receive a $500/wk stipend for their participation in the summer research experience. Housing stipends for participants who need to relocate for the summer may also be provided by the STAR program.
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Other Prerequisites: STAR applicants must fit one of the following affiliation qualifications: 1)CSU undergraduate, credential or graduate student in a science, engineering or mathematics field of study with an interest in pursuing a middle or high school science teaching career, 2) a Noyce Scholar from any institution in California, Colorado, or Washington at the undergraduate, credential or graduate level in a science, engineering or mathematics field of study, or 3) a STAR Fellow alum who is in the first three years of teaching.

Additionally, applicants must:
# have an interest in becoming a science or math teacher at the secondary level (grades 6-12).
# be a science, engineering or mathematics major.
# be at least junior standing with strong science and mathematics course background.
# have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: STAR Office
Phone: (805) 756-2859