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Summer 2001 Professional Development Programs

This Page is updated regularly. Last update: 2/18/01

Here are some tips to help in applying for a summer program:

  1. While there are many programs available, almost all have early deadlines for application. Do not delay.

  2. Be selective! Pick those you think you will get the most out of.

  3. If you need recommendations, compose a letter to give to the people you will ask for the recommendation. This will make it easier for them and will give you input to what you want the institution to know

  4. Don't expect one person to write recommendations to all the programs to which you are applying. They may help you once or twice but will resent six times.

  5. Be sure to prepare for any interviews you may get. A well organized portfolio will put you ahead of the pack.

  6. Consider two questions. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? As funny as they sound, these questions are often asked at interviews. Be prepared!

Good Luck!

  • Rockefeller University Science Outreach Program
    Location: Rockefeller University, New York City
    The University offers nonresidential programs for K-12 science teachers and high school juniors and seniors who are highly motivated to gain mentored, laboratory research experience. Stipend offered

  • TRAC - Fermilab hosts a summer research program for outstanding seventh through twelfth grade science and mathematics teachers. Application Deadline: March 1.
    Location: University of Texas at San Antonio Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    This is a three-week Summer Course for secondary school teachers, designed to enhance their instructional capabilities in the Neurosciences.  In Summer, 2000, fourteen secondary school teachers have been invited to attend the Institute. Application Deadline: February 28, 2001
  • Summer 2001 IPM Mini-CourseIPM for Teachers K-12: Meeting New Academic Standard
    Location: Penn State University Park Campus, Frost Entomological Museum Classroom 102
    Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is part of the new Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology in Pennsylvania. IPM is "Real World" Science in Action ³Pests² are relevant to everyone¹s daily life so students can relate! Ever been bitten by a tick or a mosquito? Does your dog have fleas? Have head lice in your school? A disease on your roses? Deer eating your apple trees? Weeds overtaking your garden? Been stung by a wasp? But what can you DO about pests to ³solve² the problem and what is the resulting human impact on the environment? Here¹s where Integrated Pest Management (IPM) comes in. IPM ³integrates² information about pest identity, biology, and population growth with knowledge of multiple tactics available to decide the "best" course of action.
  • WisTEB Summer Institute 2001 Professional Development  Courses for teachers
    Deadline: FEBRUARY 23, 2001
    JUNE 18 ­ AUGUST 10, 2001 Stipend offered
  • Summer of 2001 -- Teacher Awards for a Summer Research Experience
    Location: The Southwest Texas State University - Science/Math/Technology Education Institute, in an effort to support teaching excellence at the secondary school level, announces a program of Science Teacher Research Experience awards. This program provides summer support for high school, junior high school, or middle school teachers to work in the laboratories of research scientists. Stipend offered
  • Arecibo Observatory Location: Puerto Rico-- The observatory hosts each summer, at least six students and one Puerto Rican teacher for 10 weeks. Expenses may be paid, check for details.
  • WhaleNet Besides the many opportunities available, WhaleNet's Affiliates offer other programs for teachers.
  • UNITED WAY Summer Teacher Internship Program
    This program exposes secondary and post-secondary teachers, guidance counselors and administrators to the new technologies and procedures used in the workplace as a means to improve classroom instruction and guidance services. It also promotes interaction between businesses, labor, and education.
  • The University of Georgia's Advanced Placement  Teacher Training Summer Institute
    June 24-29, 2001
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Center for Integrating Research and Learning at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory --Funded by the National Science Foundation, the 6-week residential program provides K-12 teachers with the opportunity to participate in real-world science research. It is held in Tallahassee, Florida facility Summer Stipend for Teachers Each teacher who is accepted by the Program will receive a $3,600 stipend. --Applications must be received by April 13, 2001.

  • College of the Atlantic- Summer Workshops for Teachers 2001 offers field-based graduate-level professional development workshops in the life sciences or environmental subjects designed to meet the needs of elementary and secondary school teachers. The bays, beaches, estuaries, bogs, forests, flora and fauna of Acadia National Park and the college's scenic oceanfront campus provide settings for you and your colleagues to explore new subject matter, share teaching techniques, and enjoy professional renewal.

  • National Institutes of Health/Biomedical Teacher Summer Research Program - The purpose of the NIH research offering is to provide minority high school teachers, or those who teach a sufficient number of underrepresented minority (African American/Black, Native American, or Hispanic) high school students, with a hands-on research experience that will let them take back to the classroom a renewed sense of excitement for research, and help them stimulate students to pursue scientific careers. Salaries are paid weekly. Application Deadline: May 1.

  • E-2020 Program --The primary goal of the E-2020 program is to help science teachers use inquiry-based teaching methods as part of their classroom practice. The E-2020 program is run by faculty at the University of Colorado at Denver (CU-Denver). Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until spaces fill. Stipend

  • Summer Research Program: Research Experiences for Teachers - During the summers of 1999 and 2000, the Department of Physics at the University of Florida offered an eight-week summer research program for K-12 teachers. We expect to know by early in 2001 whether we will be offering a similar program next summer.

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