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Name: Research Experience for Teachers (RET)
School/Institution: Northwestern University
Department/Unit: Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
City: Evanston
State: IL
Opportunity Type: RET
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: Middle School
High School
Description: The Northwester University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) provides a Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program each summer. Middle school, high school, and community college teachers are eligible to apply. The participating teachers engage in research, develop a network of scientific colleagues, learn scientific and technological developments, and discover ways to transfer this knowledge to the classroom. Teachers are matched up with a center faculty based on research interests.

Center research topics include polymers, gels, nanocomposites, nanoparticles, molecular electronics, transparent conductors, plasmonics and multiferroics. In additon, collaborative work is pursued with the Art Institute of Chicago.

At the end of the program, the teachers are asked to develop a short curriculum project that is based on their research and that they can take back to their classrooms. The participants conduct hands-on cutting-edge research for 8 weeks and write a technical paper at the end. The teachers also give a 15-minute presentation at the closing symposium. Other activities include a field trip to a national lab or an industrial research site and seminars by Northwestern faculty.
Start Date: 06/20/2011
End Date: 08/12/2011
Duration: 8 weeks
Application Deadline: 03/15/2011
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Benefits and Requirements

Benefits: Stipend
Travel Reimbursement
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: The 8-week RET program participants receive a $8,500 stipend and have opportunities to earn six graduate level credits through a partnership with National Louis University. Funds are available for travel expenses and housing for teachers who are coming from outside the Chicago-land area.
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Other Prerequisites: * At least a bachelor's degree in science or engineering.
* The ability to conduct on-site research during the entire 8 weeks of the program: June 20 to August 12 in 2012.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Nic Tat
Evanston, IL 60208