Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program on polymers

Summer 2003



The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst is soliciting applications from middle school and high school teachers for its Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program on polymers for the summer of 2003.


Seven teachers will be selected to participate in team research at the Silvio O. Conte National Center for Polymer Research. Examples of topics under consideration are nanomembranes, crystallization in confined geometries, sensors, polymer deformation, and nanostructures. Participants will develop teaching modules based on their research in order to transfer their experiences to their classroom curricula. Since research on polymers includes chemistry, physics, engineering and mathematics, the modules can be readily fit into state mandated frameworks.


The program has a flexible duration. Teachers can participate from 5-8 weeks. Benefits include a stipend of $1,000 per week, six graduate credits and 135 pdps. For those relocating to Amherst for the duration, an additional $1,000 housing allotment is also provided. No previous research experience is required and further information can be obtained from our website at


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 is April 1 and contact information is provided below.



Greg Dabkowski


120 Governors Drive

Amherst, MA. 01003