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Name: Research Experience for Teachers (RET)
School/Institution: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Department/Unit: Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
City: Madison
State: WI
Opportunity Type: RET
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: Middle School
High School
Description: The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program is funded by the a National Science Foundation. It provides a professional development opportunity to K-12 science teachers by placing them in a research laboratory during the summer. The program that has been established at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) focuses on materials science and science at the nanoscale, the scale of atoms.

Learn more about the MRSEC Mission and Goals here.

In recent years the RET program has worked with three Madison, WI middle and high school teachers to create modules relating to advanced and nanoscale materials including shape memory alloys and light emitting diodes. The modules also contain information about how scientist know where atoms are located in a material using the methods of x-ray diffraction and scanning probe microscopy.

Click for a full list of educational activities about nanotechnology and materials science, including those developed by past RET fellows.
Duration: 4 weeks
Application Deadline: 04/01/2011
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Benefits and Requirements

Other Prerequisites: Preference is given to applicants local to Wisconsin. In the event that all available positions can not be filled with qualified applicants from within the state, applicants from outside Wisconsin will be considered.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Tracy Stefonek Puccinelli
University of Wisconsin College of Engineering Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
1550 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706