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Research Experience for Teachers

Summer Dates: June 8h - July 2nd, 2015

Poster Presentation: Jul y 24, 2015


Program Summary

The Center sponsors two programs for teachers interested in performing research. The experience can be used to improve both their own content knowledge and their classrooms. We offer (1) an academic year research experience and (2) a four-week summer Research Experience for Teachers (RET) focusing on electric power and energy systems that is geared specifically for middle and high school teachers. 

Pre-college education staff work with pre-college partner school administrators to recruit science, programming, technology, mathematics, and other relevant teachers to attend.


The RET program aims to support teachers each summer and during each academic year term.

Teachers will have the opportunity to work with CURENT's faculty and graduate students in our world-class facilities. The program includes both a content-knowledge based component and a curriculum development aspect so that teachers will have ideas to take back to the classroom.


  • The participants in the program will be expected to dedicate approximately 35-40 hours per week during the summer experience. For their efforts performing research, teachers will receive classroom funding and payment for their work in CURENT's RET program.
  • Each teacher will also be expected to create a poster towards the end of the term that displays his or her research. The poster will be presented to CURENT researchers.

Research Areas

RET participants will be exposed to a variety of power systems and power electronics topics throughout the summer.  Initially, participants will receive training to enhance their knowledge of electricity basics.  This training will encourage an understanding of voltage, current, power, renewable energy, and the operation of the electric grid.  Field trips will be used during the term to show applications and research related to these topics.  During the mid-to-late stages of the program, teachers will be supported by CURENT staff and students to develop connections between what has been learned and their K-12 academic standards.  The goal of the program is to develop new materials that can support the teacher in their classroom.

Teachers will have access to CURENT experts in following areas:

  • Power Systems
  • Power Electronics
  • Data Visualization
  • Cyber Security
  • Smart Grid/Smart Home Technology
  • Power Markets
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Biomedical Devices
  • Emerging Materials
  • Social-Behavioral Issues of Energy

Commitment to Diversity

The Center is committed to promoting diversity within science and engineering. We especially encourage teachers who are women and/or from underrepresented groups (African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander) and teachers with disabilities to apply to our Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program.