CASPER's Summer Research Experiences for Teachers Program (sponsored by the National Science Foundation) offers elementary school, middle school and high school teachers the opportunity for active research participation with CASPER faculty. The eight week program will begin around the first of June and end around the middle of August. (The starting and ending dates are flexible and may be adjusted to fit ISD schedules.) RET Fellows will be paid up to two months of their current annualized salary for the eight week period.
Potential Research Areas NSF RET Fellows are encouraged to tailor their summer research activities depending on their interests. RET Fellows will meet with REU Fellows on a weekly basis, immersing them in current, cutting edge research topics. Fellows will also be involved as part of CASPER's outreach team, providing them with information on CASPER's Physics Circus, Space Place, Women in Physics and Inservice outreach efforts. Additional opportunities for RET Fellows to continue to interact with CASPER (either in person or via distance learning capability) during the fall and spring semesters are also available.
For those RET Fellows that so desire, they can become involved in any of the research areas available to the NSF REU Fellows. Current research opportunities are available within any of the research areas listed for the Center. Additional limited research opportunities are sometimes available within the Department of Physics as well. Both of the above are dependant on faculty availability.
Brief descriptions of the currently scheduled research areas available for the summer of 2015 can be found at CASPER Fellows Research Areas page.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria Current teachers in math or any of the physical sciences (or education majors interested in pursuing a career in STEM) are eligible. Applicants will be considered for appointment without regard to race, creed, color, sex, national origin, age, handicap status or any other non-merit factor. Appointment selection is competitive on a national scale and will be based upon the following criteria:
Application Process Applications for the Summer will be accepted beginning in October of the preceding year. In order to receive full consideration, interested applicants are advised to complete their application no later than February 22, 2016. Submitted applications must include a completed application form, contact information for at least three referees for letters of reference. Awardees will be notified by email of their acceptance into the program and must acknowledge receipt of this email no later than five days from the date it is sent. For final confirmation of appointment, successful applicants must sign a letter of acceptance (or rejection) of the offer to participate within one (1) week of their receipt of the email notification.
To begin the application process, please fill out the RET Application Form online.
Awardees will be notified by email of their acceptance into the program. Awardees must acknowledge receipt of the email within five days of the email notification. For final confirmation of appointment, successful applicants must sign a letter of acceptance (or rejection) of the offer to participate within one (1) week of the email acknowledgement.
This program is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education and Baylor University.
Dr. Truell W. Hyde, Director
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