The ASSIST Center strives to provide research, educational, and professional development opportunities for Middle and High School Teachers and Students.
Our faculty and students at NC State University, Penn State University, University of Virginia, and Florida International University all provide 5-6 week Summer Research Experiences for Teachers as well as Young Scholars.
Research Experience for Teacher (RET)
Up to four teachers will be selected to participate in the summer RET program at the ASSIST Center. Participants will gain experience under the guidance of an established research group by investigating a topic from a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines.
Teachers will learn about cutting edge techniques and tools used in nanoscale science and engineering, conduct a research study, and design curricular materials to use in their classroom. Participants will have special seminars and field trips to area businesses and industries that use nanoscale science and engineering.
The program lasts for 6 weeks (with July 2nd and 3rd off), June 22 – July 31, with follow up during the academic year. Teachers will receive a $5,000 stipend for their work as an RET.
Program Requirements: The program is for US citizens only and teachers must participate for the entire period of the program. Participants are required to attend all daily and weekly meetings, seminars, field trips and workshops.
Deadline: Applications for 2021 are currently closed.
Program Advisor: If you have any questions or concerns about RET, please contact Dr. Elena Veety.
Virtual Young Scholars Program (Academic Year)
Up to 10 high school students will be selected to participate in our Virtual Young Scholar program this fall. Participants will explore the various multidisciplinary research areas of the ASSIST Center, interact with ASSIST faculty, and explore the engineering design process in a hands-on virtual program. Throughout the six-week program, students will develop Engineering Design Thinking skills as well as technical skills related to circuits, programming, sensors, energy harvesting, and rapid prototyping Each student will receive a kit of materials and will build their own wearable device by the end of the program!
The program will run from October 3 until November 7. Live instruction via Zoom will be every Saturday from 9 -11 AM. Optional office hours will be held Tuesday evenings from 7 – 8 PM. Asynchronous projects and assignments are designed to be flexible with students’ schedules. Each participant will receive a $500 stipend as well as a kit of materials.
Program Requirements: The program is open to US citizens or permanent residents only and students must participate for the entire period of the program. Participants are required to attend six 2-hour long instructional sessions, complete asynchronous assignments, and projects throughout the program, and present their final projects at a virtual symposium on Nov 7.
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until September 15, 2020.
Program Advisor: If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Elena Veety.