Research Experience for Teachers
Research Experience for Teachers

You are cordially invited to participate in a National Science Foundation National Science Foundation project of Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). To apply, please click here to complete the application form before Friday, April 11th 2014. A letter of recommendation from your school principal is needed.

The RET project on Infusing Mobile Platform Applied Research into Teaching (IMPART) is to involve 12 in-service high school teachers per year from metropolitan Omaha public schools in a six-week immersive summer research experience (June 9-July 18, 2014) and a one-day intensive follow-up workshop (Feb. 21, 2015). Teachers will gain hands-on experiences in an individualized research project mentored by experienced UNO faculty members, and develop problem-based course modules/materials to translate the summer experience into their instructional and laboratory practices in the following semesters.

Participating teachers will receive a stipend of $6,000 for the summer program, and an additional $1,000 for classroom piloting of the instructional materials and their sharing of the classroom experiences in the fall workshop. Professional Development Points will be available according to the time involved. Participating teachers interested in earning graduate credits have the option to register in UNO Computer science Independent Study course with their mentors (tuition is to be paid by the participants).

Expectations for the participating teachers include (1) full time commitment of 40 hours per week at the UNO campus during the 6-week summer program, and (2) active engagement of their students in trying- out the instructional materials (10-12 hours commitment) during the fall 2014 semester, and a quality presentation of the results of their work in the follow-up workshop.

  • Engage high school computing technology teachers in cutting-edge research projects in mobile computing and related areas;
  • Empower the participating teachers with pathways to translate their hands-on research experience and knowledge to their classrooms with instructional/laboratory modules and course materials developed from integrating with the research projects; and
  • Enhance the partnership between UNO computer science faculty and high school information technology teachers, and consequently foster a sustained pipeline of students entering computer science undergraduate programs.
Brief Summary
  • Six-week immersive summer research experience
  • One-day intensive fall workshop
  • Direct faculty mentorship
  • Variety of projects to select
  • Competitive stipend

Applications due: April 11, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: April 25, 2014
Workshop Dates: June 9 - July 18, 2014
Follow-up Workshop Date: February 21, 2015



Participation in this RET Site Program is limited to teachers who meet the following criteria:

  • Information technology teacher from Omaha Area Public School District
  • Full-time commitment to the six-week summer research program and one-day spring workshop

Summer Workshop Online Application

For more information, please contact Dr. Zhu (402 554-3685) or Dr. Siy (402 554-2834) .