High school teachers from West Virginia and the surrounding region can participate in hands-on research in energy and environmental topics at West Virginia University in a new program starting this summer. The program will also include a ten-day trip to England.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the six-week Research Experience for Teachers program is co-sponsored by the WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, WVU College of Human Resources and Education, and The EdVenture Group. High school teachers in science, technology, engineering and math are eligible to apply.

“This program aims to provide high school teachers with research experience in the areas of energy and the environment,” said Darran Cairns, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and RET director, “so that they can share their knowledge and experience with their students.”

The program will run from June 14 to July 23. Participant teachers will spend the majority of that time in the engineering laboratories at WVU, with the exception of a 10-day trip to the University of Birmingham in England.

Participants will receive a $6,000 stipend, plus travel to and accommodations in England.

“Engaging teachers in hands-on research will help them, in turn, engage and motivate their students to pursue science and engineering degrees and technology careers,” said Cairns.

For more information and an application form visit www.cemr.wvu.edu/RETapp.doc Signatures of school principal and county superintendent are required. All application materials are due by Feb. 15.

For more information, contact: Darran R. Cairns at (304) 293-3330 or darran.cairns@mail.wvu.edu



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