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Teachers as Research Associates (TARA) Program

Summer Institute: June 13- August 5, 2011

This three-year program consists of an eight-week summer institute and significant follow-on interaction each year. Participants will join an on-going research project in areas such as nanotechnology, materials science, converting algae bio-oils to hydrocarbon fuels , low & medium energy physics, internal visualization of insect biomechanics, sustainable energy research, Click Research Projects for a comprehensive listing and description. Teachers will work under the mentorship of a scientist or engineer. In addition, participants will attend weekly collaborative meetings under the direction of a master teacher to develop deliverables, participate in lab/inquiry activities, take tours and participate in a variety of scientist seminars on cutting-edge research.

Laboratory expectations of this cohort include: the development of new lessons that will capture interest and improve student learning, to grow professionally, to work a 40-hour institute week and to follow-through on all research tasks, to balance time between research and collaborative/enrichment activities, the ability to work safely and effectively in a research setting; to bring and use a personal laptop with wireless access; to stay connected to peers, mentors, and lab resources throughout the academic year and the duration of the program.

Home Page with core program benefits; how to apply.

Testimonials 2009

“As a teacher my DEP experiences have always been “chicken soup for my scientific soul”. This experience [ACTS 2009] is more like “chicken soup on steroids”. THANK YOU!”

“The length of the program allows meaningful research especially if one returns to the same project for three summers.”

“It was a very rich experience…a great opportunity to really see research conducted. I will be able to describe it to my students with authority.”

Argonne cannot review or place any participant who has not fully completed the Office of Science application on-line.


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