K-12 Teacher Researcher

Teacher-Researcher Callin Switzer artificially pollinates an Echinacea angustifolia plant to assess mating compatibility

Note: Applications are closed for summer 2017. Applications for summer 2018 are due in November 2017.

Are you a K-12 educator interested in gaining summer field research experience? Please consider this paid professional development opportunity that involves collaborating with Echinacea project research scientists.

During a summer at the research site in western Minnesota, teachers will participate in the design and implementation of new experiments, assisting with ongoing field projects, modeling or analysis of experimental data, or other activities that will contribute to the Echinacea project. Teachers will develop a plan to bring their new experiences and knowledge at the emerging frontiers of science back into their classrooms (with funding to support the plan!). Teachers may also help develop a summer research program for their students. We are looking for educators interested in integrating research and education about one or more of these topics: insects, plants, pollination, ecology, evolution, habitat fragmentation, conservation biology, modeling, geographic information systems (GIS), computer modeling, spatial mathematics.

If you are interested, please apply! We are particularly interested in working with teachers at urban or rural schools and those at less well-endowed school districts. We urge Teach for America teachers to apply. Also, we encourage the participation of science educators who are members of underrepresented groups. Please download the application form. You will need to send in the form, send your resume, and have a letter of recommendation sent. Submit it to Stuart. The application deadline is the first Friday in November for the following summer. Note: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be currently employed as a K-12 science teacher or community college science faculty.

A brochure for this opportunity for K-12 teachers.