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NSF RET Program
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 2011 can be found at CASPER Professors' Research Interests and the Physics Professors' Research Interests pages.

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:

  1. career objectives and scientific interest,
  2. match of applicant interest with available projects within the Center or the Department and
  3. letters of recommendation.

Applications are currently being accepted for the summer of 2011. Interested applicants must complete their application before March 18, 2011 to insure they receive full consideration.

To begin the application process, please fill out the RET Application Form online. Recommendation letters must be sent via snail-mail to the address given below. Letters of references must be on school letterhead and delivered in a sealed envelope.

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
One Bear Place #97310
Waco, Texas 76798-7310

Phone: (254) 710-3763 Fax: (254) 710-7309

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