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NSF NeuroRET Project

Research Experiences for Teachers in Neural Engineering (2018-2020)

Currently seeking applications for Summer 2019 (deadline March 1)

  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S, residing in schools within driving distance of the Columbia campus
  • A 6-week research experience (dates to be finalized). Teachers will be on campus, either in mentor labs or attending the technical program etc., from 9 am to 5 pm every day during this 6-week period.
  • Open to teachers from grades 4th to 12th, science, math and technology (have to be within driving distance of the MU campus)
  • Teachers can choose to work in the Labs of faculty working in neuroscience and neural engineering (see list in ‘Project Overview’ below and in the online application form) on research projects of their choice. The biology faculty will have research projects related to neurobiology, while the engineering faculty will have research projects related to neural modeling, software, and also to robotics, control and signal processing. In addition to guidance from mentors in the individual research labs, the teachers will also be assisted in learning about the research process by the PI and his team via twice-a-week 1.5 hour sessions…..and so should have enough support throughout the program.
  • In parallel to the research program, teachers will also have to develop curricular modules that they can then use in their classrooms. Templates for these will be provided by the coordinators.
  • Each participant will receive a $7000 stipend. All mileage and meal expenses are the responsibility of the teacher. In addition, each participant will receive kits worth $2000 that they can take back to their school, and $1000 in travel to conferences the subsequent year.
  • An opportunity to assist graduate students with diverse ‘neuro’ research led by leading faculty with a wide range of expertise in neuroscience and neural engineering. These faculty may be in Engineering, Biology, Psychology, Veterinary Medicine or School of Medicine.
  • Opportunity to work with a cohort of 10 K-12 teachers with similar research interests.
  • Participation in the development of curricular materials related to elementary, middle school and high school neuroscience, that can be used back in your own classrooms. We will work with you to also have these curricular materials submitted to the NSF supported peer-reviewed web portal TeachEngineering.org
  • Priority will be given to teachers from rural and/or title 1 schools.

Additional information is available in the Project Overview.

Apply now.

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