is some information about a program that provides summer research
Department of Energy laboratories for pre-service teachers from CETP
collaboratives. It is the
Department of Energy Pre-Service Teacher Program (PST), a collaboration
NSF and DOE. This sounds
a great opportunity for our pre-service teachers.
at the eight colleges in the STEMTEC Collaborative are eligible to spend the
summer at Brookhaven National Laboratory. These colleges are Amherst, Smith,
Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, and UMass, plus Greenfield, Holyoke, and
Technical Community Colleges.
are accepted between Dec. 1 and Feb. 1.
is a summary and the website for further information. .
Teacher Program Description
enhance the nation’s source of proficient teachers of K-12 science,
mathematics, and technology.
formation of a partnership between the Department of Energy (DOE) and
National Science Foundation (NSF) Collaboratives for Excellence in
Preparation (CETP) to facilitate the following:
the resources of the DOE National Laboratories with the NSF
to create a model for Pre-service Teacher education in science,
a diverse population of Pre-service Teachers an opportunity for
laboratory-based research experiences that can enrich science and
the impact of the NSF Collaboratives on the preparation of K-12 science,
mathematics, and technology teachers.
Pre-service Teachers in engaging, clearly defined, research experiences
DOE National Laboratories.
the formation of a partnership between in-service “Master” Teachers and
Mentor Scientists at each DOE laboratory to maximize the building of
content, knowledge, and skills for Pre-service Teachers through the
teams of in-service “Master” Teachers and Pre-service Teachers to
translate DOE research experiences into inquiry-based K-12 educational
modules that are aligned with national science standards.
Facilitate the implementation, revision, and dissemination of the
inquiry-based educational modules.
evidence of an understanding of the “Scientific Enterprise” each Pre-service
a personal journal and research notebook of their laboratory
an abstract and research paper for submission to an undergraduat e
an oral or poster presentation of the technical and educational
the research conducted.
demonstrate an understanding of the educational applications in a way that
specifically builds upon and incorporates the laboratory experience into a
classroom setting, each Pre-service Teacher will:
an Educational Module that is inquiry-based and aligned with national
at least one educational module on a specified Web site.
Scientist- This is the laboratory scientist who has chosen to work with the
Pre-service Teacher after reviewing their application.
The Mentor Scientist will: introduce the student to their laboratory
their specific field of interest; provide the student with a project to work
make sure the student receives the proper instrument training to perform
work, and generally support the student’s scientific efforts while at the
Teacher- This is a secondary school teacher who is familiar with both the
scientific research environment of a particular National Lab and is adept in
transferring technical knowledge to an educational setting.
Each Master Teacher has been assigned to 6 or fewer students and will
organize and present a number of enrichment activities. The Master Teacher
should be depended upon to help the students with their abstracts, research
papers, oral presentations and education modules. They will meet regularly (at least weekly) with the
scientific mentors of each student and check on the students’ progress and
support the Mentor Scientists in their mentoring efforts. Through this
interaction and by working with the students, the Master Teacher will become
quite familiar with each student’s research project.
They will be accessible to the students on a daily basis and each
work with only the 6 students of the PST group for an entire day (depending
the Master Teacher this may be broken into two 4-hour days).
The Master Teacher is the most central organizing force in the
Teacher- This is the student who, through a desire to be an outstanding
has chosen to spend an intensive ten weeks of challenging and rewarding work
one of the most unique scientific laboratories in the world.
Participating Students, Eligibility
Pre-service Teacher who is a participant in one of the NSF
GPA or higher
juniors, seniors at a four year university during the
are preparing to teach science, mathematics or technology
have a minimum of two lab-science related courses or two math
a computer course or demonstrate basic computer skills
of the United States or a Permanent Resident Alien
least 18 years old
questions to help in matching students with appropriate research field
Number of science, mathematics, or technology courses and grades
receive d Ø
recommendation letters (one must be from a Science, Mathematics, or
by participating collaborative
Teacher familiar with individual laboratory and standard laboratory/scientific practice
Teacher who has or is currently teaching science, mathematics, or techno logy
Teacher who is familiar with national standards and has implemented teaching strategies inherent in reform pedagogy
Master Teacher is able to review Education Module to meet AAAS, NSES, NCTM, or State Standards
Teacher is able to assist students in the writing of their abstracts,
Education Module, and scientific papers.
resident scientist at a DOE laboratory
M. Palmer, Ph.D.
LGRT/Univ. of Massachusetts