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RET - Research Experience for Teachers

The 2014 RET program is scheduled to run June 16 to July 25.  For more information including proposed summer 2014 dates and stipend information please see the "Summer 2014 RET info" pdf to the right.  

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 2013.
INQUIRIES ABOUT THIS PROGRAM? PLEASE CONTACT Frank Kinnaman.

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

Current RET Curriculum Projects

Bringing Ecological and Evolutionary Research into the Classroom
Last year during MRL-RET1 I worked in the Mazer lab which is part of the Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology Department here at UCSB. The Mazer lab has been studying the...
Using Marine Science Technology in an Integrated Science Class
This unit spans three to four weeks and connects the topics of density, pressure and buoyant force to the hands on activity of designing and operating under water craft....
Learning Logic: Units for Introducing and Developing Reasoning and Communication
This portfolio comprises three curriculum pieces designed to develop middle school students’ use of reasoning and logic in the science classroom.   This portfolio is designed...
A Study of Plankton: Collection, Analysis, and Ecology
This project is designed to incorporate scientific methods, experimental design and data collection techniques currently used in marine professional communities to a high...

Current RET Research Projects

Activating a Protein in a Mutant C. elegans Phenotype
  This summer I worked Dr. Pan Young Jeong in Dr. Joel Rothman’s lab in the Molecular Cellular and Developmental Department at UCSB. This lab dedicates its time to...
A Comparative Investigation on the Formation of Marine Snow in a Hydrocarbon Contaminated Environment vs. an Uncontaminated Environment
The goal of this study was to grow phytoplankton (Thalassiosira weissflogii) and then try to determine if oil had an effect on the development of transparent exopolymers,...
Expression of gut fungal cellulase in a bacterial host
In this project I worked with Dr. Kevin Solomon in the department of Chemical Engineering. The goal of my project was to molecularly clone a cellulase from the fungus P. finn...
Nanoparticles and Blood Coagulation: Measuring the Effect of Silica Nanoparticles on Clot Time of Human Plasma
Blood loss following trauma is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. Current technology, such as QuikClot, effectively encourages clotting in external wounds,...