Research Experience for Teachers

The CSNE at the University of Washington sponsors a seven-week summer research program for middle school and high school teachers on the university’s Seattle campus. Teachers selected for the program participate in ongoing research projects with researchers and have the opportunity to develop new classroom lesson plans based on their research experiences.

Take a look at CSNE Lesson Plans created by our 2013, 2014 and 2015 RET cohorts..

The 2017 RET program runs from July 5 to August 18.

Application process

The application deadline for the 2017 RET program was March 1, 2017. New applications are not being accepted after this deadline. While we consider a number of factors when choosing teachers for the program, we highly encourage teacher applicants from Cleveland, Franklin, and Chief Sealth High Schools within Seattle Public Schools.

In the online application, you will designate two people to provide references on your behalf. When you submit your application, an email will automatically be sent to your referees, inviting them to complete an online form. We do not accept letters of reference sent by mail or email. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Applicants MUST:

  1. Be a middle school or high school STEM teacher at a school within the United States.
  2. Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S. (or its possessions).
  3. Devote 40 hours per week to the program during the seven-week session (July 5 to August 18, 2017).  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 and will not receive professional development credit for the research experience. We will make every attempt to accommodate reasonable requests for schedule flexibility, while maintaining the program effectiveness for other participants.
  4. Attend program meetings, lectures, seminars, focus groups, and workshops. Again, we want to be as flexible as possible. Please feel free to contact Nona Clifton, Pre-college Education Manager, (nclifton@uw.edu) if you have any questions about the summer schedule and how we might be able to accommodate existing plans.
  5. Live within commuting distance of the UW's Seattle campus. If not a local teacher, you must provide your own housing and transportation to the University of Washington.
  6. Use materials from your CSNE research to develop grade-appropriate and differentiated curriculum materials to meet the needs of diverse students.
  7. Have a teaching appointment for the 2017 - 2018 school year, use the curriculum materials developed during the RET program in your classroom during the 2017-2018 school year, and allow CSNE staff or evaluators to conduct classroom observations when you use these materials in your classroom.

What participants will receive:

  1. An opportunity to be involved in an interdisciplinary research project with a team of researchers working together to solve a common problem.
  2. Lectures on ethics, communications, laboratory safety, and other relevant topics.
  3. A stipend of $7,000 for the seven-week program.
  4. Innovative curriculum materials developed by fellow RET teachers.
  5. Support during the implementation of the curricular materials during the 2017-2018 school year.

Application Tips:

  • Frequently Asked Questions about the RET program.
  • In the online application, you will need to upload your resume. You will also designate two people to provide references on your behalf. When you submit your application, an email will automatically be generated, inviting those individuals to complete an online form. We do not accept letters of reference sent by mail or email. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Read more about what it is like to be a RET participant in the blog post, "Teachers Head Back to the Lab for Summer."
  • Read about one RET participant's experience with piloting a new RET curriculum unit with his AP Biology students in the blog post, "In RET Program, Teachers Turn Summers into Science."

Questions? Please contact Nona Clifton, the CSNE's Pre-college Education Manager.