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RET - Research Experience for Teachers

Summer 2022 on-line application.  

Applications are accepted year round. 

In this program, local science 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 inquiry-based lab projects for science classrooms.  The total teacher stipend over the course of the two year program is $10,000.

For 2022 program information including an approximate timeline and stipend information, please see the "Summer 2022 RET info" pdf to the right.  Applications are accepted year round.   This program does not provide housing, so we are limited to applications from local teachers.

Summer 2021 Newsletter

Information on our current teacher-intern projects is below, for past projects please visit: View and Search Past Teacher Projects.  (Each teachers individual web page has links to resources of their classrom projects).  

For the first summer of the MRL RET program (RET1), teachers are placed as interns in UCSB research groups for 6 weeks. For the second summer of participation (RET2), teachers work for 4 weeks developing a science curriculum for presentation to their colleagues at our annual workshop.  Participants are encouraged to develop units in which students will collect hands-on scientific data, make responsible conclusions about the meaning of the data and communicating their findings to other students.

The 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 2023.

Are you using a RET curriculum project in your own classroom?  If so, please take our short SURVEY!
For inquiries about this program please contact Frank Kinnaman: frank_kinnaman [at] ucsb [dot] edu.

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

Current RET Curriculum Projects

Santa Paula High School
Todd Oakley
Emily Lau
Theres a thin line between attraction and repulsion: Understanding intermolecular forces with TLC
Following a 5E model, this is a series of high school chemistry lessons exploring paper and thin layer chromatography as an engaging way to cover chemistry concepts such as...
Bishop Diego High School
Naomi Tague
Louis Graup
Combatting Climate Change, from the Microscopic to Macroscopic
This is a series of lessons and activities for the high school biology classroom with the theme of exploring how microscopic biological processes can have a global impact,...

Current RET Research Projects

Estimating Crop Yields in South Sudan
Many people in South Sudan rely on international aid to meet basic food needs.  Having accurate estimates of crop land is required for correctly estimating crop yields and...
Self Assembly of Polymers
This research explored self assembly of peptoids in solutions - once understood, this area could lead to new, diverse applications for polymer engineering. In Study 1 we aim...
Biodegradable Thermoplastic Elastomers & Supramolecular Dynamic Networks: A Short Study into Polymers
This summer we studied an area of polymers science that holds potential to advance the performance of thermoplastics and also their potential biodegradibility.  In one...