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

 June 25 – August 3  2018

Penn State’s  Center for Nanoscale Science hosts 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 engage in a weeks worth of seminars, demonstrations, workshops and activities geared towards connecting state-of-the-art research with K-12 education. Teachers will earn a $6000 stipend ($5000 for pre-service teachers). Housing is provided if needed, and reasonable travel expenses will be covered. At the end of the summer, RET fellows will present their projects at a scientific mini-symposium to their research collaborators, peer teachers, and undergraduates.

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 30, 2018, or until all positions are filled late applications will be accepted. Award notification letters will first be sent out by April 15, 2018.

Want more information?

To learn more about the summer activities, see our Summer Schedule Page.

What have teachers done in the past? See our Lesson Plans Page or our Prior Projects list.

Or, contact:

Kristin A. Dreyer
Program Director for Education & Outreach
Penn State MRSEC – Center for Nanoscale Science

104 Davey Lab, Box #C91, University Park, PA 16802

E-mail: kad4@   (remove spaces)
Phone: (814) 863-1665