nano@illinois Research Experience for Teachers - Summer 2016

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Mon, 6/13/2016 - Fri, 7/22/2016
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Participation Details:

  • Participants receive a stipend
  • Registration/Application required
  • Participation is limited:
    See full eligibility details in Description, under "Who Should Apply"



  • 217-244-1353


Parent Program(s):

  • Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology




Date and Time

June 13-July 22, 2016 


A 6-week nanotechnology research experience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The nano@illinois Research Experience for Teachers (RET) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will annually (from 2014-2017) expose a diverse set of in-service and pre-service science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers and community college faculty from across the nation to cutting-edge research in nanotechnology. The RET will focus on recruiting underrepresented minority populations (focused on ethnicity, geography, disability, and veteran status) including women and will target teachers from high-need areas, including inner city, rural, low-income, and those with significant URM students. Participants will conduct research in world-class labs and engage in other activities over 6 weeks on a full-time basis, with 4 follow-up sessions during the school year. Participants will have possibilities to extend the RET for 2 years.

Teacher professional development will include teacher-focused lectures, ethics seminars, hands-on modules, STEM education issues, career choices, and resources for implementing a nano lab and curriculum. With interest and experience in K-14 education, faculty's and staff's commitment to this RET Site will ensure positive outcomes for the teachers and their students. The RET Site will leverage institutional knowledge and educational resources developed through the NSF Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems (Nano-CEMMS). Teachers will develop modules to be disseminated widely. High-quality follow-up sessions and evaluation will be infused.

Apply by March 15, 201 (for full consideration)

Benefits Include

  • $7000 Stipend (Teachers)
  • $3500 Stipend (Pre-service Teachers)
  • Materials stipend
  • Travel support
  • Room and board
  • Hands-on research
  • Faculty/Peer mentoring
  • Professional development
  • Networking
  • Partnership with Summer Research Opportunities Program

Who Should Apply?

  • Applicants must be practicing science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) teachers/community college faculty who have bachelor’s degrees or higher in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education or a STEM-related field OR pre-service STEM teachers who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate STEM education program (as a rising junior or higher).
  • Applicants must be U. S. citizens, U. S. nationals, or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must have an average technical grade point average of 3.0/4.0.
  • The selection committee supports diversity among RET participants and their school populations.

Research Areas

  • Bionanotechnology 
  • Computational and theoretical nanotechnology
  • Nanoelectronics and nanophotonics
  • Nanomaterials and nanomechanics
  • Nano-electricalmechanical systems (NEMS)/Micro-electricalmechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Societal and Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology and Assessment

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