Research Experiences for Teachers (RET)

Summer Program at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

RET08_SEM_trainingSized2We are pleased to announce opportunities for teachers of science, math and technology to work with research scientists and engineers at Harvard University. Through our 6–8 week joint Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program, teachers participate in educational and technical research as part of a scientific research community. Participants will have the benefit of significant collaboration with the science education community within the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), and faculty in the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard. See the Program Details page to view the research focus areas of these groups. 

The RET program is designed to build bridges between K12 education and research in nanoscale, bio, and materials science & engineering; involve educators in the research community; enhance the quality of pre-college education; and result in the production of classroom-tested instructional materials.

No prior scientific research experience is necessary. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. We welcome both pre-service and in-service teachers. We are eager to support you in your professional development goals.


Eligibility for Application

  • US Citizens and Permanent Residents Only
  • Teachers whose schools are within commuting distance to Harvard


RET Timeline – Important Dates:

Application Available:           February

Application Deadline:            April 15 or until positions filled

Summer Experience:    July 12 – late August

RET provides:

  • Stipend - $1000 per week for 40 hour week
  • 6-8 week summer experience with faculty and graduate student collaborators
  • Classroom materials funds
  • Classroom activity development support
  • Hands-on research experience