Summer Research Experiences for Teachers (RET)

An experienced RET, Paul Orbe's computational work in the Dabo Lab added valuable contributions to the group's research and earned him a return invitation to continue his work for a second summer. His Union City High School students in NJ also benefited. Paul writes, "My best RET experience so far. I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity."

Due to  Covid-19, the summer 2021 program is still uncertain.  Please check back for updates.  We are exploring options and anticipate posting details in March.

Penn State’s Interdisciplinary Materials Research Experience for Teachers Program (RET)

 June 22 – July 31,  2020

Penn State’s Physics Department and Center for Nanoscale Science jointly host a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Research Experience for Teachers (RET).

The goal of the RET program at Penn State is to provide opportunities to the participating STEM teachers to engage in hands-on research projects with faculty mentors in Materials Chemistry, Physics, and Nanotechnology. Engineering, technology, science, and math teachers, as well as pre-service teachers, with broad interests across disciplines are eligible to apply.

The teachers chosen to take part in this six-week program will receive hands-on nanoscience and technology experience through research, with applications to bio-engineering, chemistry, electronics, materials science, optics, optoelectronics, physics, and life sciences. A scientific mini-symposium, attended by the participating teachers, provides the RET teachers the opportunity to present their research work to their peers in an oral and poster format.

To apply:

Click here to submit an application online.

Along with the application form, your application should include:

– Two letters of recommendation, one of which should be from your school principal. These letters may be submitted separately by mail or e-mail to the address below.
– A current resume
– A student demographic profile (optional)
– A sample of a lesson you have designed and implemented in your classroom

The application deadline is April 10, 2020.

Want more information about the RET program?

Click here.

Or, contact:

Kristin A. Dreyer
Program Director for Education & Outreach
Penn State MRSEC - Center for Nanoscale Science

104 Davey Lab, Box #C91, University Park, PA 16802
Email:  kad4 @ (remove spaces)