2023 NSF RET Summer Program Successfully Completed

August 15, 2023

Congratulations to the 18 high school and community college teachers who completed the six-week NSF Research Experience for Teachers summer program at CIVS. At the end of the summer program, the teachers presented their research projects and how their research will be implemented in their course curriculum over the school year.

In addition to carrying out their research, teachers developed lesson plans to use with their students during the school year that tie their research experiences to academic standards and introduce them to potential careers in research and industry.

RET facilitator and CIVS Senior Research Scientist John “Jack” Moreland concluded the session by presenting the teachers with their certificates of achievement during the RET Teacher Ceremony. This event celebrates their achievement and a chance to showcase their future goals for enhancing STEM education and students’ STEM interest.

The National Science Foundation sponsors the RET program to support authentic summer research experiences for K-14 educators to foster long-term collaborations between universities, community colleges, school districts, and industry partners.

Congratulations to the following area teachers who joined us for this summer’s RET session:

  • Tim Amour, Portage High School
  • Kelly Chevalier, Crown Point High School
  • Stephanie Crook, Hebron High School
  • Susan Garrison, Portage High School
  • Allie Howard, Northfield Mount Hermon High School
  • Kevin Kaluf, Kankakee Valley High School
  • Abigail Kraupner, Highland High School
  • Aaron Longacre, Merrillville High School
  • Sarah Moreland, Hobart Middle School
  • Erin Rawls, Crown Point High School
  • Rami Salahieh, Ivy Tech Community College
  • Frank Savaglio, Bloom High School
  • Chris Smith, La Porte High School
  • Neerja Sterling, Merrillville High School
  • Shermaine Wade, Morton High School
  • Linda Watson, Eggers Middle School
  • Tiffany White, Homewood-Flossmoor High School
  • Dima Yasin, Devry University