CIAN is excited to announce completion of the first summer of the Optics Research Experience for Teachers in Native American Schools (O-RETinas) Research Experience for Teachers (RET) summer program.
This innovative program program hosted four teachers during the 2016 summer in a variety of research labs in optics, engineering, and chemistry as well as invited them to participate in an industry practicum. The teachers not only performed a guided research project in an innovative research laboratory but they also learned about industry applications, took a course at the University of Arizona, and participated in a number of culturally related workshops.
CIAN will continue the O-RETinas program in Summer 2017. Visit the website to learn more about how to apply!
CIAN is seeking additional industry mentors for the future O-RETinas programs. If you believe your company would be interested in hosting a teacher, please contact us!
|Participant||Mentor||School & Grades Taught||Project|
|Nate Raynor||Dr. Qing Hao||Mescalero Apache School, 9th-12th grades||Hot Pressing|
|Rhonda LaFrance||Dr. Xiushan Zhu & Dr. Leonid Kotov||Ahkwesahsne Mohawk School, 6th-8th grades||Neodymium Doped Fiber Amplifier at 935nm|
|Dan Moreno||Dr. Jeffrey Pyun & Laura Anderson||Menominee Indian School District, 9th & 11th grades||Melt Processing Advances with Sulfur Copolymers For Industrial Optical Applications|
|Geary Crofford||Dr. Robert Norwood & Christine Alvarez||Woodall Middle School (Cherokee Nation), 6th-8th grades||STEAM Research Projects: Diatoms, Optics, and Photonics|