The innovation engine for new materials

RET - Research Experience for Teachers

View and Search Past Teacher Projects

Information on our current teacher-intern projects is below! 

For approximate 2016 program information including a timeline and stipend information please see the "Summer 2016 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 2016.

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

Current RET Curriculum Projects

The Power of Water : How moving water affects our physical world
The goal of these lesson plans is to bring into focus how rivers and streams change the physical environment that they move through and the complications that arise when...
Proteins: Making Bio-Inspired Connections
This two week long high school biology curriculum introduces proteins, their properties, how they are created and how humans can use inspiration from proteins to solve real-...

Current RET Research Projects

Vanadium Nanoparticle Catalysis
Catalysis represents an important area of research. Society depends upon catalysts to more efficiently crack petroleum products from crude oil, reduce criteria pollutants...
Optimizing a Lipid-Nanocarrier for Efficient Loading and Delivery of a Hydrophobic Drug: Paclitaxel
The goal of this project is to identify the characteristics and methods needed in order to optimize efficient hydrophobic drug delivery via lipid nano-carriers. The...
SERS based false-free biomolecular assay
A Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) based sandwich assay was optimized for the detection of proteins.  In this particular assay design, aptamer affinity pairs were...
Interfacial Polymerization for Water Treatment Membranes
Demand for clean water is ever-increasing.  Reverse Osmosis membranes are used to remove ions and are produced by interfacial polymerization.  Although they are used, the...