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Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

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What is a Research Experience for Teachers (RET)?

The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program is a National Science Foundation opportunity to provide teachers with research experiences and ongoing relationships with career scientists. 


Program Deliverables

Each summer, RET participants are tasked with consolidating their summer learning in an easy-to-read magazine-style booklet. These deliverables showcase newly-acquired content expertise, partnerships formed, and the innovative ways teachers plan to engage students with Iowa State University researcher and their projects. 

RET for Educators

RET is a program coordinated by the Office of Biotechnology that provides hands-on lab experience for high school and middle school instructors under the oversight of Iowa State University researchers. The RET program also has proven virtual and hybrid models available throughout the year. Click here to view all educator opportunities.

RET for Researchers

Researchers who mentor teachers through the RET program can fulfill their broader impacts or outreach requirements for NSF or other grants. Click here to learn more about information for researchers.

Past Projects

See examples of research projects that RET participants may be involved with during the program. Projects vary from year to year depending on participant interest and faculty availability.

Want to know more?

To learn more about Biotechnology Outreach Education Center at Iowa State contact us today!

Or contact:

Maureen Griffin

Office of Biotechnology
1210 Molecular Biology Building
Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-3260