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Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

Fellowships to South Dakota High School Teachers
to Participate in a STEM Mentorship Program

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC)

Deadline Date:

01/19/18 11:59 PM MST Receipt


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Fellowships of $8,000 to South Dakota high school STEM teachers who wish to enhance their science and engineering knowledge. Fellows will participate in a research group at an eligible university or laboratory during the summer term. Please note that all research projects must align with NASA’s mission and those of the SDSGC and its affiliates.

Research has shown that teachers who participate in research in science and engineering are able to provide an enriched classroom experience for their students in subsequent years. All 2018 awards are contingent upon U.S. Congressional approval of the 2018 federal budget and the availability and receipt of FY2018 Space Grant funding from NASA.

Participants are expected to
-Work at a SDSGC affiliate research organization* during the Summer of 2018 for at least eight weeks;
-Participate in occasional videoconferences with other RET teachers and science education professionals to develop strategies for transferring the summer experience to the classroom;
-Give a poster or oral presentation about your research at either the South Dakota Academy of Science or the South Dakota SDSTA-SDCTM joint conference in 2019;
-By April 18, 2019, awardees should submit a brief report to the SDSGC management team (see reporting instructions below). Awardees may also be asked to participate in an on-line survey or phone interview as part of the evaluation process.

* SDSGC affiliate research institutions are: Augustana University (Sioux Falls), Black Hills State University (Spearfish), Dakota State Univ (Madison), Lake Area Tech (Watertown), Northern State Univ (Aberdeen), Oglala Lakota College (Kyle), Sanford Underground Research Facility (Lead), Sinte Gleska University (Mission), South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (Rapid City), South Dakota State University (Brookings), United States Geological Survey Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (Sioux Falls), University of South Dakota (Vermillion)

Teachers will make their own arrangements for working with a research group.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178306

Number of Grants:

Two RET fellowships will be offered.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The RET fellowship will be $8,000.

Term of Contract:

Fellowships will be offered during the summer of 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be citizens of the United States. Applicants must be full time high school teachers in a STEM discipline during the 2017-2018 school year and planning to teach full time for at least three more years. Preference will be given to teachers who have not previously received a Space Grant RET.

Pre-Application Information:

Teachers will make their own arrangements for working with a research group. However, if you are interested in a particular area of research and/or location and need help in making contact with a faculty member, please contact Peggy Norris.

Important Dates:
-Application Receipt Deadline: January 19, 2018, 11:59 PM MST
-Award Notification: Anticipated to be announced by March 21, 2018

Contact Information:

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

Peggy Norris, Deputy Director

Education and Outreach
Sanford Underground Research Facility
630 E. Summit St.
Lead, SD 57754

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Dakota