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.
2018 Program Dates
June 11 – August 10
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
- Learn about the RET research areas
- Learn about research by past RET fellows
- Draft calendar of activities
- 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 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 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 2018 Program:
Complete the on-line application. Click here to apply on-line.
Please submit a draft application with preliminary information in order for Letter of Recommendation notifications to be sent out to your recommenders. We suggest that you give your recommenders as much time as possible to submit, so it is in your best interest to do this draft application as soon as possible. You will be able to edit your responses up until the deadline and any information submitted prior to then will not be evaluated.
Download or print the Letter of Recommendation Form. Provide your recommenders the form and in the in the online application, there is a designated section where you put the emails of your recommenders. They will receive an email from Submittable with instructions to submit your letter of recommendation. Please inform them of this process so they will be aware of and also remind them to whitelist Submittable in there emails to prevent it from being spammed.
Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018, 11:59 P.M.
Review of the applications will begin on January 27th. For guaranteed evaluation, please submit your application no later than January 26th at 11:59 PM. Applications received after this date will be reviewed only if space is remaining within the program. Notification of decisions is expected to be sent in mid to late March; however, if you need to know prior to this date (due to teaching responsibilities, etc.) we will try to move up your notification date.
Research Experiences for Teachers Program
ATTN: Lea Marlor, Education Manager
University of California
266 Sutardja Dai Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-1764
Fax: (510) 666-2022
Phone: (510) 664-4882