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Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program

The SC RET program enables teachers to engage in a 6-week immensive research experiences at an institution in their local area. These experiences (the first for many SC teachers) expose teachers to modern research methods and allow them to link their research activities to classroom activities designed to increase student knowledge and awareness of science. Teachers are directed in carrying out unique, individualized research projects resulting in scientific presentation at the SC INBRE and/or EPSCoR Annual Meeting. Meanwhile, researchers at all SC colleges and institutions (see map below for examples of prior participating institutions) have the opportunity to directly engage teachers in their local community through in-depth 6-week research experiences. Summer 2021 potential research projects will be uploaded to this site early February, additional mentors (descriptions) will continue to be added as they are received. A listing of past research projects from Summer 2020 is provided below.

This program represents a full time commitment (35 – 40 hours/week) and provides financial support ($3,000 each) to participants as well as a supplies budget (up to $500) to translate summer experiences into deliverables during the participant’s academic year instruction.  Applications for Summer 2021 will open early February.  The application window will close on March 15th (letters of recommendation must be received by March 30th).

While teachers will engage in research at an institution in their immediate area, this program is managed by Furman University.  For additional information or for any questions please contact Dr. John Kaup by email or phone 864.294.3773.