Summer Research Opportunity for Teachers

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst is soliciting applications for a Research Experiences for Teachers program in the summer of 2002, from middle school and high school teachers.

Four teachers will be selected to participate in team research at the Silvio O. Conte Center for Polymer Research. Participants will perform research as a team and develop teaching modules to transfer their experience to their classroom. The teachers will be able to select a research topic from a broad spectrum of topics in the chemistry, physics or engineering of polymers. Example of projects under consideration are nanomembranes, crystallization in confined geometries, sensors, and polymer deformation.

The program has a flexible duration as teachers can participate from 5-8 weeks. Benefits include a salary of $1,000 per week, up to $1,000 to defray housing or commuter costs, six graduate credits, and a least 80 PDPs.

Please send a one page resume along with a paragraph describing how a research experience could benefit your teaching. Electronic or hard copy applications are acceptable. The deadline for receipt of applications is April 1, 2001.

Gregory M. Dabkowski
Amherst, MA. 01003