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Name: Science Teacher and Researcher (STAR)
School/Institution: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
City: Livermore
State: CA
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.  The program consists of an 8-10 week summer research internship and science education program at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

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.

What you will do:

* Conduct scientific research as a member of a Laboratory research team.
* Engage in weekly seminars and workshops focused on science teaching.
* Attend professional development workshops with practicing teachers.
* Attend science seminars offered by Laboratory researchers.
* Prepare and present a research poster describing the summer research experience.
* Attend at a special symposium for participants from all four STAR sites.
* Attend social activities with Livermore STAR program participants and summer students.
* Participate in STAR program evaluation activities during and after the internship.
Start Date: 06/13/2011
End Date: 08/12/2011
Duration: Note: 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 completing the internship. Housing stipends for participants who need to relocate for the summer may also be provided by the STAR program.
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen
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