NSF Research Experiences for Teachers
The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago also had a Research Fellowship Program for 2003-2005. Three fellowships were sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Program. The objectives of the RET program were to provide experiential engineering education to K-14 teachers in the Chicago Area through discovery, and to introduce innovative dissemination of gained knowledge to students and colleagues.
Main highlights of the 2003-2005 RET-NSF Program
- Hands-on experience in a research laboratory
- Engagement with leading researchers in engineering
- Attendance and participation in seminars on emerging technologies and professional development
- Opportunities to enhance delivery of science and engineering education at your school or community college
Emphasis was placed on using state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities.
- Participant teachers engaged in research for either for 4 full-time weeks or 160 hours (arranged based on schedules) during the academic year at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
- Open to K-14 teachers and community college faculty.
- Selection was based on applicant’s resume, essay (200-500 words), and a reference letter from your principal or assistant principal or department head.
- Award includes: $7,400 stipend.