Professional Development Opportunity for Community College Faculty: Paid Summer Fellowship
The RET Summer Research Program is a nine-week experience that integrates individual hands-on research with team-based curriculum development to enable new research concepts to be introduced in community college classrooms in the context-based approach. Each summer, the Visiting Fellows completes an 8-week independent research project that has applications in a pre-defined technological area. The research is advised by a UC Berkeley engineering faculty, and mentored by postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students of the faculty’s research group. The Visiting Fellow also has a 1-week team-based curriculum development experience, in which both the research and curriculum experiences are placed in the context of a technological application that community college students are expected to find exciting, engaging and viable for a future career. Following the faculty’s summer experience, participants implement their course module at their community college and demonstrate their course module at the RET Site’s Context-Based Curriculum Development Workshop. This program is jointly funded by an NSF Site award and the Center for E3S.
Promoting classroom teaching of leading-edge science and engineering concepts in the context of real life applications as a means to excite and retain community college STEM students. For Science, Engineering & Mathematics Faculty and Instructors from California Bay Area Community Colleges.
What is Context-Based Approach?
Closely aligned with project-based learning and inquiry-based science education, the context-based approach is a pedagogical method that brings scientific concepts alive in the community college classroom by tying the teaching with applications that resonates with students. The context-based approach has been shown through assessments to enhance the students’ interest in STEM and has been applied successfully in college teaching, particularly to the teaching of chemistry. Empirical evidence has also shown that context-based education helps students see and appreciate more clearly the links between science and everyday lives. The context selected for this RET program is technology applications that offer societal benefits and have employment opportunity potential. The premise is that using such context will increase community college student engagement in STEM studies, thereby contributing to student persistence and eventually, improved retention rates of students in STEM.
2019 Program Dates
June 10 – August 5
Exciting Research Areas
The RET Summer Research Program provides research experience for community college faculty members. Opportunities currently available are in the following technical areas:
- Alternative Energy
- Wearable Electronics
- Research projects applying different disciplines: chemical engineering, chemistry, computer science, biology, electrical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, physics, mathematics
- 9-week research and curriculum development experience
- Hands-on research guided by faculty sponsors and graduate student mentors
- Context-based teaching and learning training
- Increased understanding of the skills students will need to succeed in today’s workforce
- Access to UC Berkeley faculty, students, postdocs, and campus resources
- Exposure to new technologies and practical applications of research
- $8,100 stipend ($900/week)
- $1,000 stipend to implement new lecture/lab
- STEM Faculty or Instructor at a California Community College. We cannot provide for housing, so the faculty member must live within a commutable distance.
- Teaching courses in any of the following disciplines: electrical engineering, computer science, materials science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, mathematics
- Plan to teach a STEM course at a community college during 2019-2020 academic year
- Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident to apply.
- No prior research experience required.
- Complete nine-week fellowship, working 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week during standard business hours.
- Complete an assigned summer research project.
- Share research findings at a poster session.
- Apply context-based pedagogy to design a new lecture or lab related to summer research project.
- Implement new lecture or lab during 2019-2020 academic year.
- Participate in a half-day workshop to share program experience and new curriculum with other community college teachers.
- Complete program surveys to report impact of summer research experience.
To Apply for the 2019 Program:
Applications are no longer accepted for the 2019 RET Program.
Research Experiences for Teachers Program
ATTN: Dr. Michael Bartl, Executive Director, Center for E3S
University of California
266 Sutardja Dai Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-1764
Phone: (510) 664-7814