The application period for Summer 2022 Research Experiences for Teachers
and Young Scholars is closed.
Watch this space for information about Summer 2023 programming!
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)
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 five weeks during the summer 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 2023 will be due in early spring 2023.
Program Advisor: If you have any questions or concerns about RET, please contact Dr. Elena Veety.
Young Scholars Program (YS)
Up to five high school students will be selected to participate in our 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 five-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 five weeks during the summer months . Students will receive a $1,000 stipend for successful completion of the program.
Program Requirements: The program is for US citizens and permanent residents only and students must participate for the entire period of the program. Participants are required to attend all daily and weekly meetings, seminars, field trips and workshops, and present their final projects at a symposium at the conclusion of the program.
Application Deadline: Applications for summer 2023 will be due in early spring 2023.
Program Advisor: If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Elena Veety.