The Research Experiences for Teachers program is committed to providing opportunities for interested teachers from across the Commonwealth of Virginia area to be directly involved in cutting-edge research and to use the research as a springboard for developing nanotechnology-based lessons and labs for classroom use. Our commitment to area science and mathematics teachers includes opportunities for paid summer research and pedagogical work as well as recruitment for attendance at outreach-related seminars, workshops, and conferences. (see the INNOVATION workshop information)
As part of this National Science Foundation sponsored program, each summer, UVA STEM faculty select interested area teachers to join them in their labs for an intensive course of collaborative research and study. Teacher-participants work alongside faculty and graduate students, potentially collaborating with the Summer Research Experience for Undergraduate participants as well, directly contributing to cutting-edge nanotechnology research and developing teaching modules based on their lab experience which they can take back into their classrooms for introducing this field of study to their students. RET participants spend five to six weeks as full-time research scientists in their UVA STEM laboratory, and are paid a stipend for their participation.
Applicants must submit the following information:
- Collaborate with UVa Engineering Faculty and learn about cutting-edge advances in nanotechnology
- Develop SOL-relevant curriculum to introduce nanotechnology to students
- Earn University credit in a STEM major
- RET teachers receive a $500/week stipend and free room and board as needed
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States
- Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply
Only complete applications will be reviewed
- RET Application
- Statement of research interest and how you hope to use the program in your classroom. Note: you should browse UVa faculty research labs in your field to identify projects and labs of interest for including in your statement.
- Two letters of reference (at least one from principal or department chair)
- Official university transcripts