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RET - Research Experience for Teachers

Summer 2018 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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Information on our current teacher-intern projects is below! 

For 2018 program information including an approximate timeline and stipend information please see the "Summer 2018 RET info" pdf to the right.  Applications are accepted year round.

Summer 2018 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 2017.

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

Current RET Curriculum Projects

Water Purification Project: Electrolysis & Renewable energy
Through this project-based learning experience, students will use the process of water purification to cover science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and...
How can you survive on Mars?
During the school-year my students will be working on a year-long PBL (Project Based Learning) focusing on the bio aspects of being able to survive on Mars.  The main...
Manufacturing Technology – Stone-age tools to 3D printing
This module has evolved to comprise approximately one half of the existing full year “Introduction to Engineering” high school science course. It represents a significant...
The Busy Electron: Redox Reactions
The goal of this project was to improve students ability to make connections between reduction-oxidation (redox) chemistry involved in single displacement reactions, in...

Current RET Research Projects

Protein Purification for Surface Application
Protein based biosensors could be an advancement to currently available biosensors and a possible improvement for artificial implant success.  The Plaxco research group is...
Next Generation Vitrimers
Vitrimers are a new category of polymer that exhibit both the durability of a thermoset and the reprocess-ability of a thermoplastic. This is achieved using exchangeable...
Charge Transport in a Two-Dimensional Hybrid-Halide Perovskite
Using methylammonium (MA) along with an n-octylammonium cationic spacer, films of Ruddlesden-Popper phases of the form (BA)2(MA)n-1PbnI3n+1 were synthesized by spincoating,...
TEP Precursor Measurement Study
Transparent exopolymer particles (TEP) are the critical “glue” that holds together biological debris, as they aggregate and sink through the water column.  TEP are abundant...