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CSATS 2020 Summer Research Experience for STEM Teachers @Home

CSATS Summer Research Experiences for STEM Teachers Program @Home

June 15th - July 31st, 2020

Applications will be reviewed May 4, 2020

CSATS 2020 Summer Research Experiences for STEM Teachers Program is a seven-week summer research program for middle and high school teachers.  For Summer 2020, all RET programs will be held online.  Teachers selected for the program will participate in ongoing research projects with researchers and work with CSATS faculty to develop a classroom research project based on their research experience.

All RET programs for the Summer of 2020 are being held online:

  • Architectural Engineering Research
  • Cancer Research
  • Genetics Research 


Applicants Must:

  • Be a middle school or high school STEM teacher at a school within the United States with 3 years of classroom teaching experience.
  • Have a teaching appointment for the 2020-2021 school year, and use the curriculum materials developed during the RET program in your classroom during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Have a device that is capable of running computer programs and support virtual meetings.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Devote 40 hours per week to the program during the seven-week session. 32 hours a week will be spent in the research lab working on a research project and 8 hours a week will be spent at Penn State University Park participating in professional development conducted by CSATS faculty. This is considered a full-time commitment and you may not enroll in classes or hold other jobs during the day. Participants will be paid a stipend for the research experience. We will make every attempt to accommodate reasonable requests for schedule flexibility, while maintaining the program effectiveness.
  • Live within commuting distance to the research placement. If not a local teacher, you must provide your own housing and transportation to your placement.
  • Use materials from your research experience to develop a grade-level-appropriate classroom research project.

Participant Benefits:

  • Teachers will receive a $5000 stipend for their experience.
  • Teachers will receive up to $1,000 for materials to implement their classroom research project.
  • Teachers will receive a $1500 stipend for the implementation of their CLRP.  Online follow up and support will be provided during the academic year to assist you as you implement the CLRP.
  • Opportunity to receive up to 3 graduate credits (SCIED 597) from Penn State University.

Application process:

The application requires general contact information, direct supervisor information, 3 professional references, 3 essay questions, a support letter from your immediate supervisor, and a sample lesson plan.