2014 Research Experience for Teachers Program

2014 Research Experience for Teachers Program

Monday, June 16, 2014 (All day) to Friday, August 01, 2014 (All day)
Wisconsin Energy Institute, 1552 University Ave, Madison, WI 53726

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC)'s Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program offers educators the opportunity to participate in both the research of the center and the corresponding development of educational materials around the topic of biofuels.

Teachers participating in the program will spend seven weeks of the summer  (June 16 - August 1) working with scientists at UW-Madison involved in cutting-edge research. As part of the program teachers will also work with colleagues to design classroom activities to contubute to the GLBRC education resource library.

Program participants receive a $7,000 stipend to create, test and pilot a comprehensive classroom activity in one of the identified topic areas.

Participants begin their experience by attending our six-day Bioenergy Institute for Educators (June 16-21) on UW-Madison campus. RETs will be introducted to the suite of educational materials already available from GLBRC and will be provided with base knowledge on biofuel processing and sustainability issues. Participants will culminate their experience by presenting their research projects and education materials at a mini-symposium in ealy August.

The teachers will work with a GLBRC mentor and the Education and Outreach staff in one of the areas described below to develop an inquiry-based classroom activity, to be piloted in the following school year. Participants will be provided with support to pilot their activity.

2014 Topic Areas:

  1. Yeast Biodiversity, Ecology, and Biotechnology
  2. Improved Microbes for Efficient Biofuel Production
  3. Design of Bio-derived Gasoline Fuels (Engine Research)

Visit the RET program page for more details and application instructions: https://www.glbrc.org/education/educational-programs/research-experience-teachers-ret

Application deadline: March 17.

Please direct any questions to Leith Nye at lnye@glbrc.wisc.edu or (608) 263-0809.