Optics Research Experience for Teachers In Native American Schools (O-RETINAS) RET
The Application Portal for Summer 2018 is now open.
Application Due: December 4, 2017
Program Dates: June 4, 2018 – July 27, 2018
WHAT IS CIAN?
CIAN is the Center for Integrated Access Networks, a ten-university Engineering Research Center (ERC) funded by NSF. CIAN is working towards creating transformative optical technologies to enable an affordable faster internet for the future.
WHAT IS O-RETINAS?
The Optics Research Experience for Teachers In Native American Schools (O-RETINAS) Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program is designed for educators of Native American students. This includes teachers on reservation schools as well as teachers with a majority classroom population of Native American students. The program takes place at the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, AZ.
This 8-week summer program runs from June to July and is a hands-on research experience and industry internship opportunity for teachers to experience a lab setting as well as a professional industry setting to pursue their own projects. Teachers will also have the opportunity to:
- participate in a workshop with the Native Nations Institute,
- create an original STEM lesson plan that is relevant to Native American students,
- participate in the Optics Research Workshop,
- gain three hours of graduate credit (continuing education) by participating in the Teachers in Industry program.
A stipend of $6,000 and housing and travel is provided. Additionally, a classroom supply budget of $1,500 is awarded at the successful completion of the program.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Full-time teachers employed by a school that primarily serves Native American students (must confirm upcoming school year employment). K-12 teachers and community college faculty in a scientific discipline with an interest in increasing their knowledge of scientific research and industry career opportunities as well as bringing advanced information about optics, electronics, physics, materials science, and engineering into their classrooms are encouraged to apply.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION
Letters of Recommendation from School Principal (or comparable authority) & Professional of your choice
May be mailed to CIAN in a sealed and signed envelope by the letter writers, or emailed directly by the letter writers. The Principal or equivalent authority of your institute must include in his or her letter confirmation of your position for the coming school year.
All mail may be directed to CIAN headquarters.
Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN)
University of Arizona
c/o Amee Hennig, CIAN Education & Outreach Manager
1630 E University Blvd., 501B
Tucson, AZ 85721
Email Amee Hennig with any questions.