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Research Experience for Teachers (RET) at Stanford

The program is not being offered in 2010 or 2011

The goals of the RET Program are similar to those of the SURE Program: to spark teacher interest in and excitement about science and scientific research; to expose teachers to research environments; to teach teachers fundamental concepts of science and engineering; to provide teachers opportunities to work closely with faculty, industrial scientists, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students to build a valuable networking arena; and to energize teachers through a professional development experience. Most importantly, we aim to provide teachers with a solid foundation of how research is conducted in today’s world and assist them in incorporating what they experience into materials they can use to teach their students.

CPIMA expanded its RET Program by partnering with Stanford’s Office of Science Outreach to create a university-wide summer professional development program for science and math teachers.

The Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies (CPIMA) seeks qualified K-12 science teachers to participate in a 8-week summer research experience (RET) program. The RET program allows teachers to work on independent research projects. Participants will work in a scientific laboratory performing cutting edge research at Stanford University Tues.-Fri. On Mon., teachers will get together with other teachers on campus for faculty talks, lab tours, and sharing of best practices and ways to bring their experiences back to their classrooms. Teachers will present their research on a poster and will be required to develop an education transfer plan.

Program Details

  • 8 week program
  • Open to full-time teachers
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Legal Permanent Residents.
  • Stipend: $6400.
  • Travel: Some travel is available if not from the Bay Area.
  • Applications are especially encouraged from women, the physically disabled and persons who are members of underrepresented groups.
  • Participants are required to work full time and may not have outside jobs or enroll in classes that interfere with normal working hours.

To apply for the RET program, fill out an IISME on-line application  and indicate that you want to work at Stanford.

For further information, please contact CPIMA Education Director.