STEM teacher research experiences

Programs for Science Teachers

Coming 2018: The CEMB Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program

CEMB supports a summer professional development initiative for high school science teachers that encompasses the interdisciplinary and broad themes of mechanobiology.

RET scholars:

(1) Participate in a CEMB research project during the summer

(2) Develop a personal curriculum plan with specific lessons and activities to use in their teaching practice the following academic year, and

(3) Participate in academic year workshops with the project team and other teachers.

The first complete summer RET program will begin in the summer of 2018.

APPLY NOW for the 2017 CEMB Master Teacher Program.

DATES:  June 26 – August 11, 2017

We seek pairs of teachers from schools who agree to work collaboratively during the summer as well as over the school year.  The 2017 program is open teachers of biology, physics, and chemistry from schools in the Philadelphia and St. Louis region.  Participants must commit to a 7-week summer program and agree to integrate their curriculum activities during the following academic year.

The 2017 Master Teacher Program that will engage 2-4 teachers acting as consultants and master teachers to develop the wider RET program elements for teachers in future cohorts.  Teachers receive a generous stipend, additional funds to support classroom integration, and collaborative partners (graduate students or postdocs) to assist during the academic year.

To apply for the 2017 Master Teacher Program, please send a letter of introduction and a resume to James McGonigle at  In the letter, please describe (1) past experience in developing and delivering professional development programs to colleagues, (2) experiential and active STEM education that you currently incorporate into your teaching practice, (3) other successful programs you have led at school, and (4) any prior research experiences.  Finalists will be asked to submit a letter of support from a school administrator.  Deadline:  March 31, 2017.