NSF RET Summer Program Returns for STEM Teachers

February 2, 2023

After a highly successful Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program in 2021 & 2022, CIVS will again open its doors to High School and Community College teachers in the summer of 2023. The RET Program, sponsored by National Science Foundation through a three-year grant, will take place from June 12th – July 21st, 2023 at the RET site established at CIVS on the Purdue University Northwest Hammond Campus.  Engineering, technology, science, and math teachers, are welcome to join us for this paid summer research program!

During the planned six-week program, selected High School and Community College teachers will have a chance to work hand-in-hand with CIVS Researchers and students on CIVS and SMSVC projects and participate in ongoing systems engineering and smart manufacturing research using cutting-edge simulation and visualization technologies. Their research will concentrate on real-world issues to increase energy efficiency, optimize production, and improve product quality and safety in industrial workplace settings. The goal is to enhance STEM education and stimulate high school and community college students’ STEM interests through a partnership with participant teachers, university mentors, and industry engineers using simulation and visualization technologies for innovative industrial solutions and model-based manufacturing.

Teachers interested in participating in RET Program 2023 may obtain all the details through a Zoom Information Session hosted by CIVS staff.

Session will be held on February 13th, 2023 at 4:30p.m 

For Zoom links for Information Sessions, as well as testimonials from previous participants and all other information about RET Program 2023, please visit https://www.pnw.edu/civs/ret/.

Application deadline is Friday, March 10th.

The application should include:

  1. a resume showing the courses the applicant teaches
  2. a personal statement/essay (up to two pages) describing teaching philosophy, which of the four projects they are interested in, and how they plan to apply the research experience to the classroom.

Send both required documents to civs@pnw.edu to apply.