According to an article by the American Society for Microbiology, one of the most efficient ways to satisfy the broader impact requirement of an NSF grant is to tap into existing outreach programs.
Iowa State University’s Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) is a program coordinated by the Office of Biotechnology that provides hands-on lab experience and virtual learning for high school and middle school instructors under the oversight of Iowa State University researchers.
Researchers who mentor teachers through the RET program can fulfill their broader impacts or outreach requirements for NSF or other grants.
As a scientist, you have a research identity. This is your footprint, your identity in your discipline. It shapes your choices, collaborators you seek, grants you target, journals where you publish, and the research legacy you leave. But can you document how your research impacts your local community or society as a whole? How will you build your broader impact identity over time in conjunction with your research?
Let the Office of Biotechnology help you seamlessly integrate your research goals with your broader impact identity through the Research Experiences Teachers Program.
The RET is a wraparound program that extends beyond the 6-week research experience in the summer.
The program coordinator (PC) provides so much more than a traditional RET.
We advertise, interview, and carefully select the teacher for your particular research experience.
Professional development allows the teacher to create a curriculum piece related to the research and teaching standards.
Ongoing communication between everyone to provide a strong broader impact experience.
Note: The RET Program delivery is flexible. Program costs will fluctuate based on the research lab’s model. We work hard to negotiate the teacher’s lab assignment and provide a good fit for each lab. Sometimes that means going out of state, and sometimes it means staying local. Budget constraints will determine flexibility.
To learn more about Biotechnology Outreach Education Center at Iowa State contact us today!