Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

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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