Advanced Materials Research Laboratory

NSF Research Experiences for Teachers

The Chicago Science Teacher Research (CSTR) program in 2005-2008

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago also had a Research Fellowship Program for 2003-2005. Three fellowships were sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Program. The objectives of the RET program were to provide experiential engineering education to K-14 teachers in the Chicago Area through discovery, and to introduce innovative dissemination of gained knowledge to students and colleagues.

Main highlights of the 2003-2005 RET-NSF Program

  • Hands-on experience in a research laboratory
  • Engagement with leading researchers in engineering
  • Attendance and participation in seminars on emerging technologies and professional development
  • Opportunities to enhance delivery of science and engineering education at your school or community college

Emphasis was placed on using state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities.

Program Description

  • Participant teachers engaged in research for either for 4 full-time weeks or 160 hours (arranged based on schedules) during the academic year at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Open to K-14 teachers and community college faculty.
  • Selection was based on applicant’s resume, essay (200-500 words), and a reference letter from your principal or assistant principal or department head.
  • Award includes: $7,400 stipend.

Earlier and on-going NSF RET reports

For more information contact:

Prof. C. G. Takoudis [takoudis@uic.edu (312) 355-0859]
Prof. A. A. Linninger [linninge@uic.edu (312) 996-2581]

Fax: (312) 413-4700

851 S. Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607-7052.