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Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Summer Fellowship

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:

02/23/21 11:59 PM MST


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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. 

Participants are expected to

  • Work at a SDSGC affiliate research organization* during the Summer of 2021 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; some choices are the South Dakota Academy of Science or the South Dakota Science Teachers Association annual conference in the spring of 2022, or the NSF EPSCoR Summer Research Symposium (if offered);
  • Participate in two on-line surveys or phone interviews as part of our 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 (EROS), 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:

Up to four 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 2021.

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 2020-2021 school year and planning to teach full time for at least three more years in South Dakota.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Application Receipt Deadline: February 23, 2021, 11:59 p.m. MST.
- Award Notification: anticipated to be announced by March 30, 2021.

Contact Information:

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

Applications are to be submitted as one complete pdf file to

Questions concerning the preparation and submission of applications and the administration of this program
should be addressed to Peggy Norris, Deputy Director, Education and Outreach, Sanford Underground
Research Facility, 630 E. Summit St, Lead, SD 57754, Email:, Phone: 605-722-5049.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Dakota

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