Research Experiences for Teachers
The UNM School of Engineering outreach team offers tours of labs to teachers, assists with science fairs, and visits classrooms around the state with demonstrations that supplement teachers’ science curricula.
The program offers support for elementary through high school teachers so they can better prepare their students.
The newest effort is the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) funded by a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation. It brings elementary and high school teachers to UNM for a six-week summer program where they partner with faculty on ERC research projects.
(Professors may change specific topics)
Photovoltaics and Solar
Growing solar cells using epitaxial technology
Light trapping for solar cells
Collection of solar data and correlation with cloud patterns
Hierarchically structured fuel-cell electrocatalysts
Catalysis for fuel cells and catalytic convertors
Coatings development for marine & hydrokinetic technology
Characterization of the natural materials in areas considered to contain Technologically-Enhanced, Naturally-Occurring Radioactive Materials (e.g., from uranium mining, sewage sludge treatment, or exposure in ores, soils, and water)
Opportunities for Learning about Managing Tritium in Molten Salt Reactor Technology
Development of downhole instrument for measuring in geothermal wells
Development of lithium ion battery cathode nanomaterials
Analytical prediction of cascading failures in smart grids (math/computer skill preferred)
Development of characterization tools for high- efficiency solid-state lighting
Visible light communication – e.g., using light to transfer data or make a smart room
Flexible materials for generating electricity from body heat
Computer simulations of nanomanufacturing processes (math/computer skill required)
Nanolithography for nanomanufacturing batteries, memory and other devices
Letter of Recommendation from a teacher, coach or principal familiar with your STEM teaching
Letter from your principal allowing time for preparing and implementing your lesson plan and disseminating it to other teachers
STEM lesson plan that you think shows students engaging in a STEM practice from NGSS or Common Core
Statement of Purpose: How do you expect this experience will enrich your STEM teaching? What do you hope to derive from this experience? What are you most curious about regarding engineering research?
Please scan and send electronically to Stefi Weisburd at firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of recommendation should be sent separately.
For more information, contact Stefi Weisburd, Outreach Manager, at email@example.com.
Phone: (505) 272-7971 or ( 505) 277-5062.