How To Apply

In order to apply, the following requirements must be met:


  • you must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien
  • you must be earning your Masters degree or PhD
  • you must be a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • you must have a faculty advisor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • your research must be applicable to energy and the environment
  • you must be willing to teach and work with local high school students and teachers

High School Teachers:

  • you must be a science/technology teacher of grades 9-12
  • you must be willing to work for at least one school year with a graduate student
  • you must be willing to assist the Fellow in his/her teaching
  • you must be willing to attend two workshops per year
  • consider the opportunity to engage in paid summer research with our graduate students

RPI Seeks Highly Motivated & Innovative High School Science Teachers For Unique Professional Development

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to send well-rounded, communicative, science and engineering graduate students into high school classrooms to collaborate with science and engineering teachers.

This is NOT a “Student Teaching” Experience

Participating teachers will partner with a science or engineering graduate student who will serve as a valuable resource to the teacher and students, acting as a “scientist in residence”.  The graduate student will bring perspective on cutting-edge research and advanced technology. Each grad student will spend 15 hours per week working in partnership with a teacher. Roughly 10 of those hours will be contact time with high school students in collaboration with the teacher, either during or after class. Five additional hours are for collaborative development.   The grant is titled:

“GK-12: Building Bridges from High School to Grad School: Inspiring Students Through Discovery-based Activities in Energy and the Environment”

Rensselaer’s graduate students are knowledgeable in physics, chemistry, engineering, materials science, and biology and are conducting research in pursuit of a doctoral degree. The broad theme of the program is energy and the environment, which can be integrated into many educational activities and all science class rooms.

Funds are available for equipment and supplies to support these initiatives.

Examples of activities that the grad students can design and deliver to students include educational games, scenario building, international case studies, and authentic research projects that are tailored to meet the needs of each teacher’s specific classroom and curriculum.

The grant includes an opportunity for teacher research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

In summer, 2009, teachers joined their grad student at Rensselaer for a summer research experience. The National Science Foundation has allocated funds to provide summer support for teachers interested in this professional development opportunity. This experience will be available each summer the program is active. The arrangements are flexible to accommodate other plans that teachers may have.Creative, collaborative, motivated, and inspired high school science teachers should apply.


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