The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program

Program participants will receive a stipend of $5300, along with support for classroom supplies and travel to a spring RET workshop. No prior scientific research experience is necessary. This program is part of a multi-site RET sponsored by the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) network and supported by the National Science Foundation.

To learn more, please attend the Virtual Information Session on February 27th at 9:30 AM CST (Click here to register).

The NNCI RET program is 7 weeks total:

  • Six weeks working in a lab at the University and drafting a classroom activity related to nanoscience
    • Dates:  June 21 – July 30, 2021
  • Plus one week during the school year which includes:
    • A follow-up visit to your classroom by the RET coordinator
    • Sharing your experience at the annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

The RET Program provides:

  • A summer stipend of $5,300
  • Travel support to the NSTA meeting– up to $1,250
  • Classroom materials support
  • Hands-on research experience in a nanotechnology-related lab
  • Assistance from faculty research advisors and graduate student mentors

Teachers are required to:

  • Complete the summer research experience
  • Attend all summer meetings, workshops, and seminars
  • Develop an instructional unit based on the experience
  • Implement their lesson in their classroom with RET mentor/coordinator support
  • Attend the NSTA National Conference, share their RET experience at the NNCI booth, and present their lesson during the NNCI RET presentation
  • Provide a webinar on their curriculum to the Teaching Nano and Emerging Technologies Network

Link to RET Application

Eligibility for Application

  • Must teach in grades 9-12 or be technical/community college faculty
  • Must teach science or technology
  • Contact Jim Marti ( with questions or for more information

Application deadline – April 16, 2021