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Name: Science Teacher and Researcher (STAR)
School/Institution: Edwards Air Force Base
City: Edwards Air Force Base
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 Edwards Air Force Base (AFB).

As the Edwards AFB is one of the newest sites for the STAR Program, and is located adjacent to the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center outside of Palmdale, California. Due to the proximity and similar research opportunities available at these two lab site, applicants who rank Edwards Air Force Base as their top labsite preference will also be considered for placement at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.

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.

STAR Intern Expectations:

1. Participate in the full 9-10 week summer research internship to conduct scientific research at a federal laboratory or research center.
2. Prepare and present a research poster describing summer research at the end of the program.
3. Engage in weekly seminars and workshops focused on science and mathematics teaching.
4. Participate in Opening and Closing Conferences on the first and last Saturdays of the program.
5. Participate in teacher-scientist community building activities (in person and online) during and after program participation.
6. Participate in STAR Program evaluation activities, during and after program participation.
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