RU RET-E Application

Rutgers University Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering (RU RET-E)

Application for In-service Teachers

Application (DUE March 20, 2016)

Thank you for your interest in the Rutgers University Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering (RU RET-E) program! The goals of RU RET-E (pronounced “Are you ready?”) are to: (1) engage middle and high school math and science teachers in innovative “green” engineering research during the summer, and to (2) support teachers as they integrate their research experiences into their academic year classrooms. The overarching theme of the research projects is “Green Technology” with a focus on engaging our community in understanding and contributing to the Green Revolution from an engineering perspective.

RU RET-E provides a paid (~$4500, minimum) six-week summer (June 20th - August 1 th) research experience to in-service teachers (“fellows”), and additional funding for continued participation in the program throughout the academic year (~$1,000). It is suggested that two from each school apply during the same year if possible, i.e. as a pair (two math teachers, one-math and one-science teacher, or two science teachers from the same school).  However, applicants must submit individual applications. The fellows will engage in the same research as a team, and develop classroom lessons based on their summer research experience. 80% of fellows’ time will be spent in an engineering lab under the guidance and direction of faculty and graduate students. The remaining time will include professional development activities; such as, a weekly journal club to review relevant literature. Fellows will present their work at an end-of-summer symposium to the Rutgers community, administrators from the fellows’ school districts, family, and friends. Periodically throughout the summer, fellows will work with Graduate School of Education faculty to develop classroom lessons. Lessons will outline objectives, materials, previous knowledge, and links to Core Standards. Each fellow will also be asked to link a portion of the lesson to the SGO deliverable.  Lastly, RU RET-E will support fellows during the academic year to include discussing their RET summer experience and sharing their classroom lesson with colleagues, implementing lessons in the classroom, revising lessons as needed, posting lessons on-line to be widely disseminated, and presenting at regional conferences.

Program Dates: June 20, 2016 – August 1, 2016

Application/Acceptance Timeline

  1. Applications will be accepted through March 20, 2015.
  2. Review process will commence on or about April 1, 2015.
  3. Fellows will be notified by e-mail.


  1. All participants must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents.
  2. Priority will be given to teachers who apply in pairs.

Please note that teachers are asked to apply in pairs. Applications are due March 20, 30, 2016 by 5:00 pm. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us via email at Again, thank you for your interest and we look forward to receiving your application!

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