Teacher Application

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The Rockefeller University's Science Research Program (SRP) provides outstanding, highly-motivated K-12 teachers an opportunity to experience mentored laboratory research. Teachers are matched with scientists to work over the summer on an ongoing research project. The Program provides a course in critical thinking and the interactions of science and society, a course in science communication that culminates in a poster presentation, and a weekly workshop in which teachers work together and with scientists and educational experts to translate the summer's experience into engaging hands-on activities. In addition to the summer session, there will be opportunities to return to the Rockefeller campus for events during the year and an option to return for a second summer. Teachers also attend seminars given by Rockefeller faculty. In 2012, the seven-week program runs from June 25 through August 10, 2012.

A $5,000 stipend is provided as is support for school supplies to implement the labs and curriculum that teachers develop over the summer. To qualify, pre-service teachers must be enrolled in a graduate education program and in-service teachers must currently be employed in a school.

Your completed application will include the following:

  1. the application forms, completely filled in as required (Teacher Application);
  2. a 1000-word (or fewer) commentary on any of the current or archived Newswire articles published by The Rockefeller University (http://newswire.rockefeller.edu/). It should address the following questions:
    • What makes this article newsworthy?
    • What would you do next if you were the researcher?
    • How would you use this article with your students?;
  3. a 350-word (or fewer) essay describing why you are interested in the Summer Research Program and what you hope to gain from the experience;
  4. two sealed letters of recommendation on institutional letterhead from a professional colleague, thesis advisor, department chairperson, or school principal;
  5. a current one-page curriculum vitae or resume.

All documents should be mailed to:

Science Research Program
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue, Box 53
New York, NY 10065

The deadline for receipt of Teacher Applications is March 15, 2012. Notifications will be sent by early May. Questions concerning the SRP should be directed to:

Science Research Program