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Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program

Grants to USA Math and Science Teachers to
Participate in a Professional Training Program

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Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR)

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Grants to USA intermediate, high school, and community college math and science teachers to attend a professional training program. Teachers will participate in a six-week study period in a laboratory facility, where they will engage in problem solving of research issues and in the development of a science lesson plan.

RET stands for Research Experience for Teachers and is a wonderful professional development opportunity for math and science teachers funded by the National Science Foundation.

Team-RET provides middle school, high school and community college math and science teachers with an intense, six-week period of in-depth study at the CCMR (Cornell Center for Materials Research) laboratories with facility managers, faculty, and graduate students.

In the Team-RET program, five select science teachers spend the first five weeks primarily in the CCMR Shared Facilities. They work together as a team to understand how the equipment in the facility works and to solve research problems set out by the facility manager. The sixth week is dedicated to developing a materials science-related lesson plan based on their experience in the facilities. 

An Independent-RET program will be offered this summer as well. This opportunity is only available to teachers who have completed the  CCMR Team-RET program.

Teachers in the Team-RET program will spend time in the following CCMR facilities as well as other research facilities across campus:

  • X-Ray Diffraction Facility
  • Integrated Advanced Microscopy Facilities
  • Materials Research Support Facility
  • Polymer Characterization Facility

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153037

Estimated Size of Grant:

The 2020 Team-RET stipend will be $3,900.

For teachers who require housing, CCMR will pay for on-campus housing for the duration of the program.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


- Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
- Must be a middle school, high school or community college teacher currently teaching math, science or technology.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: February 14, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: March 31, 2020

A Skype interview is required and will be arranged (will take approximately 30 minutes).

Note: one of the listed references in the application must be the applicant's principal.

The Team-RET program is held at the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York. The Team-RET program runs for six weeks during the summer. For 2020, the dates are July 6 – August 14. The Independent-RET program will also be held in 2020 and will run on the same dates.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Fill out the online application:

Registration for Summer 2020 Will Begin in January.

Submit an electronic copy of your updated resumé to

Nevjinder Singhota
Clark Hall, Room 631

Mark Walsh

Cornell Center for Materials Research
627 Clark Hall of Science
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
T 607.255.4272
F 607.255.3957

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