Research Experience for Teachers

The RET site program is currently receiving applications from high school STEM teachers in Texas Region 5 and runs from June 5 to July 14, 2017 (6 weeks). The application deadline is March 3, 2017. Please download the application form and the recommendation form, complete them and send them to the RET site program team leader Dr. Weihang Zhu, as indicated in the application form.

Lamar University and the College of Engineering will host Research Experience for Teachers summer program in 2017. High school STEM teachers will participate in engineering research in advanced design and manufacturing for 6 weeks. Research topics may include:

  • 3D Design and Printing, Laser Engraving & Micro-Machining (Drs. Liu & Zhu, Industrial Engineering)
  • LED Modeling, Simulation and Manufacturing (Dr. Fan, Mechanical)
  • Design and Manufacturing for Smart Structure (Dr. Brake, Civil)
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Simulation in Industrial Applications (Dr. Li, Mechanical)
  • Synthesis and Manufacturing of Robotics (Dr. Zhou, Mechanical)

Activities include workshops, curriculum development, seminars, and field trips to local industry. The research experience will be incorporated into high school curriculum that meets Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standard.

Each year, a one-day teacher conference will be organized in the spring for result dissemination. The conference will invite high school teachers from Texas, especially those in the Region 5. Each summer program participant will write a paper, develop at least one high school course module and make a presentation in the conference.

Participants

Twelve teachers will be chosen to participate in the summer RET program.

Eleven Teachers: Each receives a $1,000/week stipend for participation in the six-week summer program and $1,800 upon completion of the implementation and evaluation activities during the following academic year. Lodging, meal and travel expenses not included.

One Master Teacher: $1,200/week stipend. The Master Teacher will have a leadership role in the curriculum development process with a strong knowledge in TEKS, communication and problem solving skills, and a positive attitude.  The Master Teacher provides assistance to other teachers in course module development and assessment, host Brown Bag Seminars, and co-organize a one-day teacher conference.

Requirements

The following materials must be submitted for consideration:
  • Applicants current STEM syllabus
  • Application form provided by the LU faculty mentor team
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Recommendation letter from Principal/Assistant Principal
  • 1-2 page essay that addresses the following topics:
    • What are your main reasons for participating in this program?
    • What do you hope to gain from RET experience?
    • Describe professional leadership roles you have held.
    • If chosen, how would you implement your experience with fellow faculty and students?

To be considered for Master Teacher, the applicant must also submit a 1-page essay describing:

  • Curriculum development experience
  • The biggest challenges for RET participants and how the Master Teacher can help them