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RET - Research Experience for Teachers

Summer 2019 on-line application.

In the MRL RET program secondary school teachers participate in 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.  The total teacher stipend over the course of the program equals $10,000.

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For 2019 program information including an approximate timeline and stipend information please see the "Summer 2019 RET info" pdf to the right.  Applications are accepted year round.  Primary consideration for applications before March 18th.  This program does not provide housing, so we are limited to applications from local teachers.

Summer 2019 on-line application.

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 2019.

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

Current RET Curriculum Projects

Engaging all students in the Science and Engineering Practices: Authentic Science in the Classroom
The goal of the curriculum is to promote authentic science practices throughout the entirety of a science course. This curriculum is composed of 5 elements that are designed...
Exploring Protein Mutations through the Lens of Sickle Cell Anemia
This is a high school level phenomena-based 5E lesson in accordance with the NGSS standards. It covers the processes of transcription and translation through the lens of...
Fun in the Sun
The concept of solar energy is examined in this unit. These lessons were inspired by my work as a research intern investigating charge transport in a two-dimensional hybrid-...
A Day at the Beach: A Glimpse into the Future
This portfolio contains activities that focus on ocean ecosystems and how these systems are affected by four human induced problems:  microplastics, oil spills, ocean...

Current RET Research Projects

Contributions Toward Building a New Ion Trap
An ion trap is a device used in the Andrew Jayich Research Group at UCSB to hold ions still enough to take a picture of them.  In an ion trap, lasers of different specific...
Evolutionary Adaptations to Climate Change in Nemophilia in Diverse Ecosystems
I worked on Susan Mazer’s and Amber Nashoba’s NSF funded research on the evolutionary adaptation of native plants to intensifying drought. The research started with...
Autonomous ADCP Deployment for Current Profiling in Near Coastal Environments
Oceanic coastal currents supply a kelp ecosystem with nutrients, planktonic food, and larvae. Data on changes in coastal currents due to interactions with the kelp ecosystem...
Characterization and Synthesis of 5-block polymers
Polymer chemistry is a far reaching research area that has changed the world over the last century.  Polymers are very adaptable molecules that can be made with seemingly...