Summer Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

June 20 - August 12, 2016

Click here for online application
(Application deadline: February 15, 2016)

All applicants will be notified of the final decision by email.

The Center provides a Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program each summer. Middle-school, high-school, and community-college teachers are eligible to apply. Participating teachers engage in research, develop a network of scientific colleagues, learn scientific and technological developments, and discover ways to transfer this knowledge to their classroom. Teachers are matched up with a center faculty based on research interests.

Program participants conduct hands-on, cutting-edge research for eight weeks. At the end of the program, the teachers are asked to summarize their findings in a technical final report and to develop a short curriculum project based on their research that can be adapted to their own classrooms. In addition, they also have the opportunity to give a 15-minute oral presentation at the closing symposium. Other program activities include a field trip to a national lab or an industrial research site and seminars by Northwestern faculty.

For an overview of Center research, please visit our research and highlights sections. A list of some previous projects is also available.

Our RET program participants receive a $8,500 stipend and have the opportunity to earn six graduate level credits through a partnership with National Louis University. Travel funds are available for participants, and housing subsidies are also available for those coming from outside the Chicago-land area.

To be eligible for the program, the teacher must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have at least a bachelor's degree in science or engineering, and be able to conduct on-site research during the entire eight weeks of the program.

For further information, contact, 847-467-0470.

RET Class of 2015

Summer 2015 RET participants and RET Program Director, Prof. Lincoln Lauhon (right).



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