Welcome to the 2020 Interdisciplinary Materials Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program at Penn State!

 June 22 – July 31, 2020

Penn State’s Center for Nanoscale Science (a Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC)) 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 for the participating STEM teachers to engage in hands-on research projects with faculty mentors in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Nanotechnology. Teachers with expertise in engineering, technology, science and math, as well as pre-service teachers, with broad interests across disciplines are eligible and encouraged to apply.

The selected cohort of educators will engage in six-weeks of research with applications to bio-engineering, chemistry, electronics, materials science, optics, opto-electronics, physics, and/or the life sciences. Additional professional development activities include seminars, demonstrations, and workshops geared towards connecting state-of-the-art research with K-12 education. In 2020, concepts of sustainability will become a core component of the professional development content. Teachers will earn a $6000 stipend ($5000 for pre-service teachers). For non-local participants, housing and reasonable travel expenses will be covered. (Meals are not included.) 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 access the online application form.

In addition to the application form, the following must also be submitted:

– Two letters of recommendation, one from the current school principal.
(Note: 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 April 10, 2020.

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 @ psu.edu   (remove spaces)
Phone: (814) 863-1665