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Research Experiences for Teachers

Program Description:

Regrettably, we are unable to hold the RET program at this time.  Please check back however, as we hope to reinstate the program in future years. For the present, teachers interested in research experiences are encouraged to contact faculty members directly; links to faculty pages can be found on the page for each MRSEC Research Group.

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is soliciting applications from middle and high school teachers for the summer RET program.

Up to six teachers will be selected to participate in research at the Silvio O. Conte Center for Polymer Research. Participants will gain experience under the guidance of an established research group by investigating a topic from a broad spectrum in chemistry, physics or engineering of polymers. Examples of projects under consideration are: nanomembranes, crystallization in confined geometries, sensors, and polymer deformation. Please visit the Research Groups page for information on current MRSEC funded research, the principal investigators involved, and potential areas of research for RETs.

Application Process:

A complete application consists of:

  • Application form
  • Introductory letter briefly describing what your future goals are and how an RET fellowship will help you attain them
  • A one-page resume which includes personal information, a history of your work and laboratory experience and your areas of research interest

Complete applications must be received by April 1st.

Submit hard copy applications for consideration to:

Jennifer Green, MRSEC Educational Outreach Manager
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Polymer Science and Engineering Department
University of Massachusetts
120 Governors Drive
Amherst, MA 01003

Or electronically as pdf files to jgreen@mail.pse.umass.edu


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