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Name: Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Independent Program
School/Institution: Cornell University
Department/Unit: Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
City: Ithaca
State: NY
Opportunity Type: RET
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: Middle School
High School
Description: An eight-week program called Independent-RET was initiated as a result of the Cornell University Team-RET teachers' interest in deepening their understanding of materials research. This follow-up program provides each teacher with an opportunity to work directly with a faculty member on an independent research topic. Initially, some teachers are hesitant to step directly into an independent research program, but are usually eager to do so after the team-style program offered in the first year.

At the end of both the Team- and Independent-RET programs, teachers are expected to develop a materials science related lesson plan. These lesson plans, which we refer to as modules, have been as varied as the teacher that have participated and have ranged in topic from geology to biodegradable polymers to balsa wood bridges. The full list of RET developed modules can be found on the RET Modules page.
Start Date: 06/27/2011
End Date: 08/19/2011
Duration: 8 weeks
Application Deadline: 03/15/2011
Opportunity Website:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Benefits: Stipend
Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: A stipend of $3,800 is provided.
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Other Prerequisites: Must have completed the Cornell University Team-RET program.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: CCMR RET Program
267 Clark Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Fax: 607-255-3957