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RET - Research Experience for Teachers

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Information on our current teacher-intern projects is below! 

For approximate 2017 program information including a timeline and stipend information please see the "Summer 2017 RET info" pdf to the right.  Applications are accepted year round.

On-line application.

In the MRL RET program secondary school teachers participate in MRL laboratory research under the mentorship of MRL graduate, post-doctoral and faculty researchers. Teachers work collaboratively to translate their research experiences into the development of new investigative lab projects for science classrooms.

For the first summer of the MRL RET program (RET1), teachers are placed as interns in research groups for 6 weeks. For the second summer of participation (RET2), teachers work for 4 weeks developing a science curriculum for publication and presentation to their colleagues. The goal of these investigative units will be to encourage students to collect scientific data, make responsible conclusions about their meaning and communicate their findings to other students.

The investigative teaching resources developed by the teachers will be presented at annual workshops for science teachers throughout the Santa Barbara County area. The next workshop will be in March 2017.

An Education Project at the Materials Research Laboratory
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation

Current RET Curriculum Projects

Clean Combustion: Gases, Stoichiometry, Catalysis, Air Pollution
This curriculum introduces students to the field of clean technology, a growing field with a plethora of career choices. It supplements the high school chemistry curriculum...
Active Learning in Medical Chemistry
This portfolio includes five lesson designs with corresponding materials that may be used to incorporate active learning by way of student website creation into your...
Making Invisible Connections Visible
The unit was inspired during my research project by the use of different filler agents to help the aptamers stay in a position ideal for the protein binding. The concept of...
Engineering Amusement
What does it mean to transform?  How does humanity evolve and change over time?  Through a multidisciplinary approach, this curriculum block delves into the theme of...

Current RET Research Projects

Site-specific investigations of protein dynamic transitions using the trp-cage protein
Understanding how protein interacts with water in protein-water coupling is essential to better understand how proteins influence and are influenced by surrounding water...
Bio-Inspired Photonics: Moth Eye-Based Anti-Reflective Surfaces
A process of colloidal lithography (Langmuir-Blodgett Dip Coating) was used to deposit various size spheres (310 nm to 2530 nm) of SiO2 (silica) on to various substrates.  ...
Perovskite structured materials for photo- and thermo-electric applications
Perovskite structured materials based on methyl-ammonium iodide (MAPI) have the potential to reduce the cost of solar panels while increasing their efficiency. Research...
Development of an Accurate Assay for Disease Detection
Accurate diagnosis of disease is dependent on precise detection of biomolecules.  Surface Enhanced Ramen Spectroscopy (SERS) can be used as a specific and sensitive method...