Penn State’s Interdisciplinary Materials Research Experience for Teachers Program (RET)

 June 26 – August 4  2017

Penn State’s Physics Department and Center for Nanoscale Science jointly host a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Research Experience for Teachers (RET).

The goal of the RET program at Penn State is to provide opportunities to the participating STEM teachers to engage in hands-on research projects with faculty mentors in Materials Chemistry, Physics and Nanotechnology. Engineering, technology, science and math teachers, as well as pre-service teachers, with broad interests across disciplines are eligible to apply.

The teachers chosen to take part in this six-week program will receive hands-on nanoscience and technology experience through research, with applications to bio-engineering, chemistry, electronics, materials science, optics, optoelectronics, physics, and life sciences. Teachers will earn a $6000 stipend ($5000 for pre-service teachers). Housing is provided if needed, and reasonable travel expenses will be covered. A scientific mini-symposium, attended by the participating teachers, provides the RET teachers the opportunity to present their research work to their peers in an oral and poster format.

To apply:

Click here to submit an application online

Along with the application form, your application should include:

– Two letters of recommendation, one of which should be from your school principal. These letters may be submitted separately by mail or e-mail to the address below
– A current resume
– A student demographic profile (optional)
– A sample of a lesson you have designed and implemented in your classroom

The application deadline is March 10, 2017, or until all positions are filled late applications will be accepted. Award notification letters will first be sent out by Friday, March 30, 2017.

Want more information?

To learn more about the summer activities, take a look at last year’s schedule: 2016_RET_Schedule.

Click here to see a video produced by one of the 2015 RET teachers and his Penn State faculty mentor!

Or, contact:

Kirstin Purdy Drew, Ph.D.
Department of Physics
104 Davey Lab #160
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

E-mail: krp15@   (remove spaces)
Phone: (814) 863-6778
Fax: (814) 863-3949