CSATS Summer Research Experiences for STEM Teachers Program is a seven-week summer research program for middle and high school teachers through Penn State University Park. While CSATS is located at the University Park campus, we frequently offer research experiences at other locations including Penn State Hershey and Penn State Harrisburg. Teachers selected for the program will participate in ongoing research projects with researchers and work with CSATS faculty to develop a classroom research project based on their research experience.
The 2020 research placements are at the following Penn State locations, for further details please visit the Research Placements Descriptions:
Penn State University Park, PA
Penn State Harrisburg, PA
Penn State Hershey, PA
Application deadline: April 3, 2020:
The application requires general contact information, direct supervisor information, 3 professional references, 3 essay questions, a support letter from your immediate supervisor, and a sample lesson plan.
This program is funded by a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers Site grant and engages 10 secondary teachers in a 6-week research experience with a faculty member in architectural engineering. These researchers consider both the human experience in buildings as well as building system efficiency. Teachers will conduct in research about buildings and will consider their school facilities as “Living Laboratories” in both fundamental and applied research on architectural engineering and science topics including indoor air quality, lighting effectiveness, thermal comfort, and energy efficiency. Teachers will use their research experience to co-design a unit of study intended to enhance his/her current curriculum.
Penn State Cancer Institute seeks to discover, develop and disseminate scientific knowledge from basic, clinical and population-based investigations. The Institute's mission is to enhance compassionate cancer care, cancer education, and innovative collaborative research, thereby decreasing the impact of cancer in central Pennsylvania and beyond. As part of this mission, the PSCI plays a vital role in training and educating the next generation of cancer research investigators, and in preparing trainees for sustaining careers in cancer research.
Through this RET-PSCI partnership, secondary school STEM teachers will have the opportunity to perform real-world research with a PSCI investigator. PSCI researchers are organized into three programs that encompass a broad range of topics and disciplines. Click here to explore PSCI Research Programs. Through CSATS, teachers will be matched with a PSCI faculty mentor, located at either Penn State's Hershey or University Park campus, according to the applicant's background experience and areas of interest.
This program is funded by a National Science Foundation grant and engages a secondary STEM teacher in a 6-week research experience with Dr. Raymond Najjar, Professor of Oceanography at Penn State University. This project aims to better understand the regional effects of climate change by exploring the biogeochemistry (the cycling of nutrients) of the Chesapeake Bay. The teacher will participate in both field and laboratory work with Dr. Najjar’s group to better understand the rates of cellular respiration and photosynthesis in Chesapeake Bay estuaries. The primary goal of this Research Experience for Teachers program is to use this research to co-design a unit of study to enhance his/her current curriculum.
This program is funded by Boeing Corporation and engages a secondary STEM teacher in a 6-week research experience with Dr. Shaun Mahony, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University. His lab seeks to understand the ways that mammalian cells regulate gene activity by analyzing where transcription factors bind to DNA, and what they do after they bind. The teacher selected for this program will study how gene regulation of transcription factors varies in recently diverged bats from the family Phyllostomidae who have evolved varied dietary specializations (i.e. they eat insects, blood, nectar, etc). The project will use computational biology to investigate whether regulatory elements have moved around the genome to help the bat species adapt liver metabolism to new diets while the overall liver function remains conserved. The primary goal of this Research Experience for Teachers program is to use this research to co-design a unit of study to enhance his/her current curriculum.
This program is funded by a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center grant and engages a secondary teacher in a 6-week research experience with a faculty member in materials science/engineering or electrical and computer engineering that work on the ASSIST project (https://assist.ncsu.edu/). This project aims to develop wearable sensors that run on energy harvested from the environment. The teacher will conduct research related to this project and will use it to co-design a unit of study intended to enhance his/her current curriculum.
To be considered for this experience, you must also submit your application to the ASSIST program.