Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

Program for 1st-through
12th-Grade Teachers

Energizing Engineering Education is a Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program funded by the National Science Foundation. New Mexico elementary, middle school and high school STEM teachers are invited to apply to work in a laboratory with faculty and graduate student mentors on an engineering research project during the summer. The seven-week summer program includes engineering seminars, ethics workshops and project-based learning workshops, where you will develop a unit based on your research to bring back to your class.

The RET program requires that teachers implement their unit during the academic year following the summer, collect student data, submit their unit and attend three Saturday meetings during the school year.

Teachers receive $7000 plus $1000 to spend on classroom supplies.  Limited funds for housing are available for a few teachers travel.  Some of the stipend will be reserved subject to submission of final teaching unit.

Teachers who teach at low-resource schools that serve a population of students typically underrepresented in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply.  Pairs of teacher from the same school or high school cluster will be given preference. There may be an opportunity to return for a second summer. Please visit the RET program page for complete information.