Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

Program Description

TANMS Research Experience for Teacher (RET) is a 6-week, full-time, research-based summer professional development program that provides hands-on, cross-disciplinary research experiences for high school teachers and community college professors. The RET program aims to:

  • Team teachers with a cohort of high school students to work alongside faculty and graduate student mentors in high-level engineering research
  • Build long-term partnerships with high schools through teacher participants to engender enthusiasm in STEM at the precollege level
  • Guide development of engineering-based curricula that will motivate students to pursue STEM careers, and tackle real world engineering problems in higher education and beyond


  • High school STEM teachers or community college professors
  • Must be U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Must live within commuting distance to hosting campus (UCLA, CSUN, or UC Berkeley)


  • 6 weeks (40 hours per week)


  • $6000 stipend w/ potential support for lesson plan implementation during school year
  • Hands-on research
  • Seminars on research and entrepreneurship
  • Curriculum development
  • Long-term partnership between TANMS and school