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Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) – Summer 2024

Deadline: 11:59pm, April 7, 2024

CIERA and Northwestern University’s Baxter Center for Science Education (BCSE) are inviting high school STEM teachers to apply for their summer Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program. Four outstanding teachers will be selected to gain hands-on research experience working alongside CIERA astronomers and BCSE curriculum experts. Teachers will participate in cutting-edge research projects using Python programming, attend scientific lectures, and take part in curriculum-development workshops aligned with national Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The RET program aims to help teachers bring their research experiences from the cosmos into their classrooms.

Participants in the RET program:
  • Pursue an interdisciplinary astronomy research project over the summer in collaboration with Northwestern University faculty and researchers
  • Get paid! Includes a stipend of $6,000($1,000/week)
  • Have focused time for curriculum development based on research experiences
  • Train in computer programming, use of Northwestern’s Quest high performance computing cluster, and other technical research skills

No prior experience in programming or research is required. STEM teachers at minority serving institutions and schools with economically disadvantaged students are especially encouraged to apply.

Program dates: JUNE 10 – JULY 19

Application deadline: APRIL 7, 2024

2024’s program aims to be hybrid, with some early trainings and workshops to be held in-person at CIERA in Evanston, IL. However, many aspects of the program may be completed remotely to allow flexibility for participants. If you must be fully remote, please contact James Schottelkotte at