Research Experience For Teachers & Students

Watch this space for applications for the 2022 Research Experiences for Teachers
and Young Scholars Programs

Applications will be due in early spring, 2022!

Please Note: Due to the regulations surrounding on-campus activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is uncertain at this time if our summer programs will be fully in-person, virtual, or hybrid. As always, our goal is to host a safe and engaging research experience and we will follow all university safety guidelines. Please check back for more information as it becomes available.

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 Teachers (RET)

Research Experience for Teachers

Up to five 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, late June through July, 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 summer 2022 will be due in early spring.

Program Advisor: If you have any questions or concerns about RET, please contact Dr. Elena Veety.

Young Scholars Program (YS)

Young Scholars

Up to five high school students will be selected to participate in our Virtual Young Scholar program this summer. 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 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. Students will complete an independent research project and build their own wearable device by the end of the program!

The program runs for six weeks, typically beginning in late June and running through July. Students will receive a $1,000 stipend for successful completion of the program.

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 symposium at the conclusion of the program.

Application Deadline: Applications for summer 2022 will be due in early spring.

Program Advisor: If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Elena Veety.