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Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program

Grants to USA Math and Science Teachers to
Participate in a Professional Training Program

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Funding Source:

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Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR)

Deadline Date:

02/14/20

Description:

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Grants to USA intermediate, high school, and community college math and science teachers to attend a professional training program. Teachers will participate in a six-week study period in a laboratory facility, where they will engage in problem solving of research issues and in the development of a science lesson plan.

RET stands for Research Experience for Teachers and is a wonderful professional development opportunity for math and science teachers funded by the National Science Foundation.

Team-RET provides middle school, high school and community college math and science teachers with an intense, six-week period of in-depth study at the CCMR (Cornell Center for Materials Research) laboratories with facility managers, faculty, and graduate students.

In the Team-RET program, five select science teachers spend the first five weeks primarily in the CCMR Shared Facilities. They work together as a team to understand how the equipment in the facility works and to solve research problems set out by the facility manager. The sixth week is dedicated to developing a materials science-related lesson plan based on their experience in the facilities. 

An Independent-RET program will be offered this summer as well. This opportunity is only available to teachers who have completed the  CCMR Team-RET program.

Teachers in the Team-RET program will spend time in the following CCMR facilities as well as other research facilities across campus:

  • X-Ray Diffraction Facility
  • Integrated Advanced Microscopy Facilities
  • Materials Research Support Facility
  • Polymer Characterization Facility

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153037

Estimated Size of Grant:

The 2020 Team-RET stipend will be $3,900.

For teachers who require housing, CCMR will pay for on-campus housing for the duration of the program.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Requirements:

- Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
- Must be a middle school, high school or community college teacher currently teaching math, science or technology.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: February 14, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: March 31, 2020

A Skype interview is required and will be arranged (will take approximately 30 minutes).

Note: one of the listed references in the application must be the applicant's principal.

The Team-RET program is held at the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York. The Team-RET program runs for six weeks during the summer. For 2020, the dates are July 6 – August 14. The Independent-RET program will also be held in 2020 and will run on the same dates.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Fill out the online application: https://www.ccmr.cornell.edu/education/teacher-programs/ret/how-to-apply/ret-application/

Registration for Summer 2020 Will Begin in January.

Submit an electronic copy of your updated resumé to ccmr_outreach@cornell.edu.

Nevjinder Singhota
607/592-8991
nks5@cornell.edu
Clark Hall, Room 631

Mark Walsh
607/592-4053
mcw96@cornell.edu

Cornell Center for Materials Research
627 Clark Hall of Science
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
T 607.255.4272
F 607.255.3957

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